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2020 / 2021 Edition

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Presidents Blog

Recognizing professionalism through lifelong learning

We are all bombarded every day by new technology and new working practices. Without acknowledging it, each of us engages in daily personal development that enables us to keep our heads above the flood waters of modern-day life. That ever-increasing speed of change also interfaces with our work lives, whether we like it or not. It is the role of a professional body such as IQ to help us to be better-equipped employers and employees.

Embracing our environmental responsibilities

The minerals extractives sector plays an instrumental role in our everyday lives, yet quarrying and related value-added activity has an impact on the environment that requires active management. Environmental issues represent a key priority for professionals in our sector and there are many programmes and schemes in place which not only work to reduce the negative impacts, but also add significant natural capital to the industry’s balance sheet.

Learning at the rock face

Like many, when the time came, I opted to take the traditional path into higher education, studying for my degree at the University of Hertfordshire and my PhD at the University of Bath, the latter supported by Aggregate Industries. But, given my time again, I’ve often thought that the apprenticeship pathway might have suited me better.

Centenary Celebrations and Global Vision

This year the Institute of Quarrying celebrates a century of service supporting people working in the mineral extractives industry. That’s a major landmark for any organization to achieve. On a personal level, it’s an honour to preside over what promises to be an extraordinary year of celebrations that will raise the positive profile of our industry, in the UK and internationally.

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