Uni hon­ours Scar­lets chair­man for his con­tri­bu­tion to busi­ness

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

THE Scar­lets’ cha­ri­man has been awarded an hon­orary de­gree by Swansea Univer­sity.

The award was pre­sented to Nigel Short, who is also a di­rec­tor and share­holder at award­win­ning Welsh whisky com­pany, Pen­deryn, at the univer­sity’s de­gree cer­e­mony for the Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing.

Mr Short was born and bred in the Cynon Val­ley and has risen to be­come one of the most suc­cess­ful busi­ness­men in Wales. He has been in­volved with a num­ber of suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies but his long­est ap­point­ment to date is with Pen­deryn.

He was ed­u­cated at Aber­dare Boys Gram­mar School. In an early in­di­ca­tion of one of his fu­ture en­deav­ours, Nigel played prop for the school team and fea­tured in two Welsh sec­ondary school fi­nal tri­als. He left school at 16 and joined the fam­ily busi­ness, spend­ing 25 years work­ing in the steel in­dus­try un­der­tak­ing so­phis­ti­cated on-site lo­gis­tics and em­ploy­ing 1,500 peo­ple in six dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

When the fam­ily busi­ness was sold to Bram­bles Ltd, Nigel ran the Euro­pean and North Amer­i­can op­er­a­tions un­til 2002

when he started with Pen­deryn. Pen­deryn has since be­come an iconic Welsh brand and a great suc­cess story.

His in­ter­est in rugby had al­ways been ev­i­dent and for the past eight years Mr Short has en­joyed his role as chair­man at Scar­lets RFC, guid­ing the club to nu­mer­ous play-offs and semi-fi­nals as well as win­ning the PRO12 league in 2017.

He also coached the Whit­land Ju­niors for seven years. He has held many busi­ness di­rec­tor­ships through­out his ca­reer in­clud­ing at Short Bros En­ergy Ltd, Short Bros Homes Ltd and Hy­grove Homes Ltd.

He also runs a 400-acre or­ganic lamb and beef farm in Car­marthen­shire.

On re­ceiv­ing his award, Mr Short said: “I am ex­tremely hon­oured and de­lighted to re­ceive the award. I have lived full­time and part-time in Swansea for the last 36 years and hav­ing seen my wife and just this year my daugh­ter grad­u­ate from Swansea Univer­sity, the place holds a spe­cial place in my heart.

“I look for­ward to build­ing stronger bonds with the univer­sity in the fu­ture and am grate­ful to all those in­volved.”

Nigel Short col­lects his hon­orary de­gree.

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