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Institute of Quarrying CEO to move on

Phil James

Chief executive officer Phil James to leave IQ for a new role after four years in charge

PHIL James, chief executive officer of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), is moving on to a new role after four years in charge. Mr James joined the Institute in late 2012 as joint CEO with MPQC and brought a unique combination of quarry management experience and professional body expertise to the role.

He is joining the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) in September 2016 as its new CEO, where he hopes to continue his connection with the minerals industry and to combine the challenge of an exciting new role with achieving a PhD.


Commenting on his time at IQ, Mr James (pictured) said: ‘Working for IQ has been a tremendous privilege. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with members from around the world, whose dedication and passion for the quarrying profession is nothing short of inspirational.

‘I’ll be very sorry to leave an amazing team and a very supportive Board of Trustees. But the Institute is in great shape and has a fantastic set of plans in place to celebrate its centenary next year, and to accelerate its growth and influence as it reaches its 100th birthday.’ 

Further announcements about the recruitment of a new CEO will follow in due course. In the meantime, anyone wishing to have an informal discussion can contact the chairman, Miles Watkins, via the Institute’s head office – visit: for contact details and further information.


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