Jon Bolton, Long Products Business Director, Tata Steel
From: National Manufacturing Debate, 30 May 2012, Cranfield University
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Jon Graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1984 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and was sponsored by British Steel from the age of 17. He worked during vacations from college on Teesside and for 5 years after graduating he held various positions in operations for British Steel on Teesside, including a two year spell as a shift engineer in Steelmaking.
Jon left Teesside to be the Chief Engineer for the Rail business based in Cumbria in 1989, and then moved to North Wales to be Chief Engineer for British Steel Coated Products for two years.
In 1995 Jon moved to the USA and after a short spell in Cleveland Ohio, moved to Alabama where he was responsible for the construction and subsequent operations for a steel operation producing 2.2m tonnes of steel strip.
In 2000 after 5 years in the USA Jon returned to the UK as MD Corus Engineering Steels based in Rotherham and Sheffield. Two years later he was moved to France as MD Corus Rail. During his four years in this job he moved the business to York in the UK.
At the end of 2005 he was appointed to MD Teesside Cast Products, a job he held through to April 2009 when the Consortium agreement ceased. Jon oversaw the mothballing of TCP in February 2010. In July 2010 Jon was appointed as Director for the Long Products European Hub assuming operational responsibility for businesses in Scunthorpe, Teesside, Rotherham, Glasgow and Hayange in France.
Jon was born in Scarborough and lived for 20 years in the Teesside area, he is married with two children, plays cricket and follows the Boro.
Jon is a board member of SEMTA (Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies).