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OSL Board

 David Grey MBE

David Grey MBE

The OSL Group Chairman

David founded the OSL Group of companies in 1980. Through acquisitions, disposals and organic growth, the group has grown to a turnover of over £20 million and has over 200 employees.

David is committed to manufacturing and to education. For many years, David has given generous amounts of his time to supporting local enterprise, schools and young people. He has been a governor of Mansel School, has led the BiG Challenge encouraging young people to start their own businesses in the Sheffield city region and was, until recently, a board member of the Local Enterprise Partnership. Prior to that he has served on the Chamber of Commerce Council and several public/private sector partnerships.

In recognition of his public service David was awarded the MBE in the 2010 New Year’s honours list for services to Industry and Regeneration.

In 2014 David took on the role of Master Cutler, representing and promoting manufacturing in the Sheffield city region. Leading by example, David has ensured all OSL businesses are directly involved in creating apprenticeships, supporting work placements and meeting their corporate social responsibilities through regular fundraising events.

David enjoys challenges both in business and in leisure ; he holds a pilot’s licence and enjoys motor racing.

Chris Heaton

Chris Heaton

Group Managing Director

Chris has been a group director since 1998. Alongside his OSL responsibilities he has been president of the Sheffield & District Society of Chartered Accountants, a director at Charterfields Ltd, and Chairman of Sheffield Assay Office. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the Sheffield Assay Office and is a Trustee and Treasurer of Brathay Trust.

Chris is a passionate runner and has completed over 100 marathons so far, raising substantial sums for Brathay Trust. In 2010 Chris ran Brathay’s 10 marathons in 10 days. In 2013 he completed his greatest fundraising challenge to date : 30 marathons in 30 consecutive days, alternating Langdale and Windermere courses without any physiotherapy or medical support. In addition to his UK based marathon and ultra-marathon events, Chris has competed in marathons in Siberia, Iceland and Norway.

Philip Benjamin

Philip Benjamin

Managing Director (CQR Security)

Philip is a qualified chartered accountant who held senior financial roles in distribution and manufacturing before moving into general management.

He is managing director for CQR Security and has been a group director since 2002. Philip is a keen golfer and racquet player.

Mathew Grey

Mathew Grey

Managing Director (OSL Cutting Technologies Ltd)

Mathew trained with the Lloyds Banking Group before joining the OSL Group in the capacity of Sales Director. He took on the role of Managing Director at Rotabroach in 2014 and has completed the acquisitions and integration of G&J Hall and Taylor and Jones to form OSL Cutting Technologies.

Mathew has a strong focus on CSR and has been heavily involved in the 2015 Master Cutler’s Challenge raising funds for Brathay Trust. Mathew is a member of the Company of Cutler’s in Sheffield, supporting and promoting manufacturing in the region and directly supports young people through apprenticeships and work placements at Rotabroach.

Mathew is a keen runner and has taken part in many challenges including a charity triathlon earlier this year.

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