The Company of
Cutlers in Hallamshire Since 1624

The Master Cutler, 2019-2020

The Master Cutler,

Nicholas D O Williams TD DL

Nick was born and raised in Sheffield, a proud Yorkshireman.  He was educated at Elizabeth College in Guernsey, Channel Islands and Sheffield Polytechnic (Diploma of Management Studies).

Starting his working life with GKN Ltd in Birmingham and Cardiff, he then joined his family engineering business in Sheffield on the shop floor and worked his way up to Works Director, with works in Walsall and Sheffield.

A family fall out in 1993 saw him move to GT Tubes Ltd, a manufacturer of steel structural hollow section, as General Manager.  He became Managing Director on their acquisition by Australian National Industries Pty (ANI) which had sister plants in Brisbane and Chicago and head quartered in Sydney.

In 1998, international company politics, excessive travel and the likelihood and subsequent acquisition by Smorgon Steel, saw him leave to acquire his own engineering business and to form the SMP Group of Companies – a diverse group of small metal finishing and manufacturing companies in Sheffield.

Now semi-retired, he still maintains his interest in steel and manufacturing as a “Little Mester”, manufacturing a select few products, including the ubiquitous stainless steel “Presto Egg Opener” (The only way to cut the top off a raw or boiled egg), first produced by John Watts Ltd, a Sheffield company going back to 1765.

He spent many years in the Territorial Army, commanding 75 Engineer Regiment between 1992/5 and completing his TA career as Deputy Commander 42 (North West) Brigade in the rank of Colonel.

Currently maintaining his links with the Reserve Forces as Chairman of the North West of England and Isle of Man Reserve Forces and Cadet Association.  He is also National President of St John Ambulance

He lives in the Peak District of Derbyshire and is married to Susie, with three grown up children.  His interests are split between the summer when he can be found or rather heard as a commentator at Horse Trials throughout England and winter when, having given up active refereeing, he is a Rugby Union referee advisor and assessor.  He is also a keen supporter of all country sports.

September 2019.

The Annual Review, 2018-2019

The Company of Cutlers for 2019-2020

2018 Masters Cutler date list

The Master Cutler's Challenge, 2019

Nick Cragg’s report on the Master Cutler’s Challenge, 2019.

The history of the Challenge is  well known, and the total sum raised over a 12 year period is now approaching £1.75m. The Challenge this year was also to keep up a momentum of fundraising which is always a challenge in itself after so many years.  The model was kept the same; recruit as many fundraising teams as possible, give each £50 seed corn funding and challenge them to convert it into as much as possible, provided it is legal and ethical!

This year 90 teams encompassing companies, schools, clubs, societies, families and groups of friends participated in the Challenge and whilst some previous participants understandably chose to sit the year out, there were plenty of new ones who were willing to take their place. What was important was the energy, enthusiasm and fun the teams brought to their fundraising.

To help to maintain the profile of the Challenge when it was running throughout the period of February to September, a number of supporting events were held. These included concerts by the Rotherham Symphony Orchestra, an evening of snooker with Dennis Taylor in the Cutlers’ Hall and, for the first time ever, a fund raising dinner held in London.

These two hospices are now caring for record numbers of patients and between them require £44,000 every day to maintain their levels of care.  The agreement with both hospices was that a top slice of the funds raised would be added to the giving from the Company of Cutlers, and distributed to a number of smaller charities across the region, so they too can benefit.

A full report is in the Annual Review for 2018-2019.





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