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BAA announces new chairman

Ric Clemmey, new chairman of the BAA Ric Clemmey, new chairman of the BAA

Ric Clemmey of Smiths & Sons (Bletchington) succeeds Cloburn’s Paul McManus as chairman 

THE British Aggregates Association (BAA) has announced the appointment of Ric Clemmey as its new chairman, following the decision by Paul McManus to step down from the role to focus on his own challenges. Over the past 20 years, the BAA has achieved robust and healthy growth based upon sound leadership and judgement by Mr McManus, who is one of the Association’s founding members. 

Mr McManus said: ‘I am extremely proud of the many achievements and vital benefits that the British Aggregates Association has won for its members, and it has been a huge honour to serve as chairman and carry on the ethos of defending Britain’s quarries. I am also proud to have helped modernize and steer the Association to a position of strength and equip it to meet the future challenges it faces.

‘My decision to step down was not an easy one to make, however I’m confident that the organization is in very safe hands and both I and Cloburn stand square behind the BAA and will continue to provide full support where we can.’

Following the resignation of Mr McManus at the BAA’s most recent board meeting, it was agreed that Ric Clemmey would be appointed as the Association’s new chairman. Mr Clemmey (pictured) is managing director of long-standing BAA member Smith & Sons (Bletchington) Ltd and has held numerous high-profile roles within the industry over his lengthy career.

Commenting on his new role, he said: ‘Accepting the role of chairman of the BAA didn’t need too much thinking about as I have been keeping a close eye on the Association over recent times and have seen it grow and serve its members well, and certainly from a purely business point of view, it has benefitted our business greatly.

‘I know that I will be leading a very talented team of individuals who I have every confidence in, and I look forward to driving key strategies of the BAA well into the future. I am very excited about what the BAA has to offer for its members and the wider industry, and it’s a great honour to follow on from such influential leaders as Paul and Bob Durward.’

Paying tribute to Mr McManus’ contribution to the Association, BAA chief executive Mike Phillips commented: ‘Paul has demonstrated formidable leadership as chairman. His vision and commitment have been second to none and he has not only inspired people within his own company but certainly members of the BAA.

‘We, the team at the rear of the BAA, thank him sincerely for his excellent stewardship and the significant contributions he has made during his term of office and wish him all the very best for the future.’

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