16 July 2019

Sony UK TEC Managing Director awarded top honour by Cardiff Metropolitan University

Steve Dalton OBE, Managing Director of Sony UK TEC, has been named as an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Steve joined Sony UK TEC in 1983 after moving to support the start-up of the new TV manufacturing facility at Pencoed. By 2003, Steve was the Director of Operational Management and in 2006 became Managing Director.

Over the last decade he has transformed the business, from a single source producer to a self-contained diverse business unit, to ensure the sustainability of Sony UK TEC’s future.

He has done this through the diversification of the Pencoed site to include manufacturing 4K/HD Broadcast camera systems that now include the recently released HDC5500 as well as an in-house third-party manufacturing business that has overseen the success of the Raspberry Pi which has recently released its newest model, the Pi 4.

Thanks to his innovative vision, Sony UK TEC has an annual sales turnover in excess of a £400 million and is consistently recognised across the globe as a progressive market-leading site.

Steve’s approach to leadership and the success he has achieved at Sony UK TEC see him consistently recognised for his efforts.

Earlier this year, he was named IOD Wales Director of the Year with Sony also being named as a key Welsh Tech company by Trakcel. This follows his previous acknowledgments which include an OBE for services to industry in Wales in the 2011 New Year Honours List.

Steve was honoured alongside Cressida Dick CBE QPM, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, who received an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of the contribution she has made to public life throughout her esteemed career and Dr Eleanor Anne Freeman OBE, who was also named an Honorary Fellow.

President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Met, Professor Cara Aitchison said: “The Honorary Doctorate and Fellows we are awarding this week go to individuals who have made an outstanding impact within their own fields and whose commitment resonates closely with the University’s own values and behaviours.

“We are grateful to those honoured this year for their inspirational leadership. They are all true role models for our graduating students who can learn from their example as they embark on the next phase of their lives as graduates of Cardiff Metropolitan University.”

Steve, reflecting on his achievements, said, “I feel privileged to have received such a prestigious honour and would like to thank Cardiff Metropolitan University. It is a fantastic University that nurtures the minds and talents of its students who I have no doubt will go on to have brilliant careers in a wide range of industries.

“I am fortunate to work for a fantastic company and am surrounded by talented individuals who work extremely hard to ensure we achieve our vision for Sony UK TEC. I look forward to my future as an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University and hope to see some of its graduates join the Sony UK TEC team in the near future.”


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