Loughborough Alumni


28 May 2019

Alumnus continues annual tradition in prestigious manufacturing industry role

Nick Cragg has used his role as Master Cutler of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire (Sheffield) to continue an annual charity challenge.

The Company of Cutlers, created by an Act of Parliament in 1624, aims to promote manufacturing in the Sheffield City region and across the wider country.

The Company currently has 365 freemen and women and is chaired by the Master, who is elected yearly.

Nick has spent most of his career in the steel industry, having graduated with a BTech in Production Engineering and Management, sponsored by British Steel, in 1979. He then worked around the country for the company in a variety of roles, becoming the company’s youngest ever director in 1990.

He was invited to join the Company of Cutlers as a Freeman in 2003 whilst working for Corus in Rotherham, becoming one of only 33 Members in 2004. He was installed as the Master Cutler in October 2018.

Whilst in the role, Nick has continued the Company’s annual tradition; the Master Cutler’s Challenge, which this year is supporting two local hospices.

The challenge involves a wide variety of local businesses and community organisations, with over £1.5 million raised by hundreds of teams over the years. The challenge ends in September, before Nick’s term as Master Cutler concludes in October.

Nick also met his wife, Liz (née Walker), at Loughborough, who graduated the same year with a BA in Business Studies with French.

Their daughter, Rachel, followed in their footsteps in 2012, graduating from Loughborough with a BA in Publishing with English. 

Congratulations to Nick on his achievement.




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