Dr Graham Honeyman CEng FIMMM (Profile)
has been a member of IOM3 since he was 20 years old, and a Fellow of IOM3 for
five years. This year, he won the IOM3 Bessemer Gold Medal, awarded to
individuals for outstanding services to the steel industry.
Graham was born in Yorkshire and developed a passion and understanding
of metals after a school trip to the University of Manchester’s Institute of
Science and Technology inspired him to study for a degree in Engineering
Materials Technology at Aston University. His PhD project at Teesside Polytechnic
involved the development of weld material for the fabrication of armour plate
for the Ministry of Defence.
In 1979 he joined NEI Parsons Ltd, a turbine generator manufacturer
based in Newcastle upon Tyne, as a research metallurgist, eventually transferring
to the production side where he was promoted to the position of Principal
1987 he was awarded a Winston Churchill medal by The Winston Churchill Trust,
which allowed him to study the development of supercritical power stations around
the world, spending nine months traveling and studying in Europe, the USA and
In 1998, following this fact-finding mission,
Graham left NEI Parsons and joined Sheffield Forgemasters as a technical
director. In the same year, he was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Academy
of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding personal contribution to
British engineering. Graham left Sheffield Forgemasters to pursue consultancy
and management for other materials manufacturers.
Graham was asked to return to Sheffield Forgemasters in 2002
to help secure the business from bankruptcy. His new initiatives included
manufacturing high-integrity defence forgings, ultra-large castings and plate
mill rolls for the steel production industry.
Graham believes, ‘When times are tough you need
to be able to do more than just make things – you need to design and sell the
best technology in the world and you need the very best people to achieve that’.
He has championed apprenticeships at Forgemasters, which now count
towards 10% of the company’s staff. Graham’s achievements with Forgemasters
continue to be recognised by illustrious bodies, and in 2008 he picked up a CBE
and also become a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering. Despite the
awards, his proudest career moments remain the jobs he has safeguarded and the
creation of Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd.