The Company of
Cutlers in Hallamshire Since 1624

The Master Cutler

The Master Cutler 2018-2019

The Cutlers’ Company was established by an Act of Incorporation in 1624.  The Company of 33 Members is elected annually – the Master Cutler, two Wardens, six Searchers and twenty-four Assistants.

Nicholas Cragg was installed as Master Cutler on Tuesday, 2 October, 2018.

A native of Hull, his ambition was always to study engineering and so began his career with British Steel, as a student apprentice.  On graduating from Loughborough University, he spent over 25 years in the steel industry with a career progressing through to a number of business leadership positions based in the UK and subsidiary board appointments overseas.  It was the steel industry which first brought him to South Yorkshire.

On leaving the steel industry, Nick started his own company supporting clients in the oil and gas sector in the US and UK before joining a producer of flexible pipelines to work between the UK and Brazil.

Outside of work, his interests are skiing, travel and rugby union, as well as being a trustee of a multi-academy trust which is focused mainly on schools in the Sheffield City Region.  He is married to Liz and they have a son, two daughters and, recently, their first grandchild.

He became a Freeman of the Cutlers Company in 2002 and, in 2004, became a Member.  As Master, in addition to representing the Company, he is passionate about raising the business profile of the Region especially for the benefit of existing manufacturers, as well as for attracting new inward investors.

He firmly believes that improving the education outcomes of young people will help them exceed their ambitions and, in so doing, will retain their skills to support the current and future manufacturers in the region.

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List of Masters Cutler, 1624-2018



The Master Cutler's Challenge, 2019

The Master Cutler’s Challenge returns and this year the Master and Mistress Cutler – Nick and Liz Cragg – have decided to support two vital local causes – St Luke’s and Rotherham Hospice.

The Master Cutler’s Challenge has become an annual tradition for the local business community as well as for many community organisations. Hundreds of teams have taken part and the Challenge has raised over £1.5 million to support valued local causes.

The Challenge this year runs from the February Launch to the Celebration Event in September. Participant businesses will receive £50 and your challenge as a team is to use your entrepreneurial skills to make as much money as possible for both hospices! The Challenge team will be on hand to offer you lots of support with your fundraising and to utilise the great PR, CSR and teambuilding opportunities the Challenge offers. Over 80 businesses and organisations (with a strong focus on local manufacturing and professional services) are partaking in this great Challenge which really does showcase the best of the local business community.

We would love to welcome you to the Challenge in 2019.You can find out all about it and register here –

The Master Cutler’s Challenge, 2019



The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire
The Cutlers' Hall
Church Street
S1 1HG

Tel: +44 (0) 114 272 8456