Mr Kenneth Cooke was installed as Master Cutler on October 3rd, 2017.
He began his career in Engineering/ manufacturing at the Central Technical School in Sheffield and was fortunate enough to complete an apprenticeship in the highly regarded training centre at Edward Pryor’s. After 3 years of day release and evening classes at Granville College his overwhelming desire was to start his own business and eventually CTW Hardfacing was formed, servicing manufacturing companies with wear/heat/corrosion/ impact resistance metal coatings. Over the years he formed a total of six companies, all supplying engineering services throughout the UK and Europe.
Outside work his passions are football, golf, fast cars and socialising. He is married to Janet and has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.
He became a Freeman of the Cutlers Company in 2010 and, in 2011, became a Member. His ambition as Master is to represent the Company as effectively as possible and to gain benefit for business, particularly manufacturing in the City Region.
Though this will be his focus, he believes that Education is critical to allowing young people be the best that they can be and he will do what he can to support this during his year.
He sees clear relevance of the Company in the Sheffield and City region and believes that it will play an increasingly prominent role in supporting manufacturers to achieve their aims.