Jon Bolton is one of the most prominent and widely-respected figures in the UK steel industry. In addition to his company role, he chairs employers’ body, UK Steel, and jointly chairs the UK Steel Council – along with the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy - advising government and providing strategic leadership to the sector.
A graduate in electrical engineering, Scarborough-born Jon has over 30-years’ experience in steel on both sides of the Atlantic, most of this in senior positions with Tata Steel and its predecessors Corus and British Steel. As director of Tata Steel’s Europe’s Long Products business, he previously led a number of major UK sites including the plate works at Dalzell and Clydebridge near Glasgow, which he now runs on behalf of Liberty.
In addition to a distinguished career in the UK, Jon held top positions over a five-year period in the USA, where, among other roles, he led the construction and subsequent operation of a 2.2 m tonnes-a-year steel melting and rolling works in Alabama.
Jon has a passion for developing the skills of young people and is the founder and official ambassador for Industrial Cadets, the programme inspired and supported by Prince Charles which gives teenagers direct experience of industry and high-quality support in building their careers. He is also a non-executive director of Sheffield Forgemasters and of the Materials Processing Institute at Teesside which undertakes pioneering work in the development of steel.
Jon joined the senior management team of the fast-growing Liberty Group in early 2016 after a period running his own consultancy. Married with two children, he is a keen football supporter and enjoys fell walking and cycling.