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IQ 2007 Annual Conference

THE North of England Branch of the The Institute of Quarrying will be hosting this year’s Annual Conference at the Ramside Hall Hotel in the historic city of Durham from 4–5 October.

The theme for this year’s conference symposium on Friday 5 October is ‘Quarrying: Adding Value’. Speakers will discuss how the industry adds value to society, the natural and built environments, its employees and local communities.

This year’s keynote address will be given by the well-known motivational speaker Steve Black, who has worked with some of the leading players in rugby and football. He will show delegates ways in which value can be added to industry through employee motivation.


Terry Lowdon of the National Industry Symbiosis Programme will demonstrate that ‘Where there’s muck, there’s brass’ during a presentation on maximizing the benefit of waste materials.

The impact on the quarrying industry and its employees by the Work and Families Act 2006 will be discussed by David Gibson, partner of law firm Crutes. Changes in the law with respect to age, maternity, paternity and discrimination mean that a flexible workforce will be needed if productivity is to be increased.

The afternoon session will be opened by Helen Kennedy of Wardell Armstrong on the theme ‘Presentations to impress’. She will show delegates the best way to present new schemes to a

Mary Lakin of Northern Archaeological Associates will describe how archaeology should be seen as an opportunity and not a threat. She will explain how investigation and mitigation can reduce cost and disappointment.

Beneficial alternatives to agriculture for the after-use of quarries will be explored by landscape architect David Jarvis, who will look at opportunities to add value to the natural and built environment using examples such as the Thames Gateway and Snow Kingdom.

Miles Watkins, director of group environment and corporate social responsibility with Aggregate Industries, will focus on the benefits to be gained by the community from quarry development.

Proceedings will conclude with the McPherson Memorial Lecture, which will be presented by Dr Chris Luebkeman, director of global foresight and innovation with ARUP. Dr Luebkeman will look at the future of transportation and the implications for suppliers of construction materials.

For further details and booking information, click on the website link below.



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