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IQ Excellence Awards shortlist revealed

IQ Excellence Awards

Institute of Quarrying announces North of England finalists in inaugural excellence awards scheme

THE Institute of Quarrying (IQ) has today announced the northern regional shortlist for the IQ Excellence Awards.

The high volume of applications acknowledging the exceptional achievements of individuals, teams and projects have now been analysed by the judging panel of industry professionals, with the winners to be announced at an awards ceremony at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on Friday 27 September 2019.


The awards event is being hosted by the IQ North of England branch and will be part of its highly anticipated annual dinner dance event.

Recognizing the commitment to continuing professional development, the inaugural IQ Awards categories are aligned to the different quadrants of the IQ Skills Wheel.

Best Personal Development Project

  • Rema Tip Top Industry UK Ltd – Conveyor Competence Through Understanding
  • The Banks Group – Banks Group Training Academy
  • IQ Lancashire Branch – Interactive CPD Day

Health & Safety Individual Excellence

  • Ben Williams – managing director, EPC-UK
  • Glyn Guthrie – general manager, Darrington Quarries Ltd/FCC Environment

Most Effective Process Improvement

  • Longcliffe Quarries Ltd – Primary Crushing Optimization and Rationalization
  • Aggregate Industries UK – Wash Plant Improvement Project
  • Aggregate Industries UK – Homogenizing Cone Crusher Feeder
  • Aggregate Industries UK – Settling Lagoon Dewatering Project
  • Tarmac – Dry Rigg Best Practice Dust Management Initiative

Most Innovative Leader

  • David Owen – asphalt plant manager, Aggregate Industries UK
  • Robin Gillespie – unit manager, Hanson UK

Best Community Engagement Project

  • Longcliffe Quarries Ltd – Butterfly Conservation – Hoe Grange Quarry
  • Hanson UK – In at the start: Ure Valley extension

Most Inspirational Leader

  • Susan Arnott – IQ North of England branch committee
  • Ben Williams – managing director, EPC-UK

Best Initiative to Engage Workforce or Team

  • Longcliffe Quarries Ltd – Fundamentals Programme
  • EPC-UK – Commit To Be Fit

Most Promising Future Leader

  • Tom O'Boyle – project manager, Hanson UK
  • Katie Barrett – national skills and safety park trainer, Tarmac.

James Thorne, IQ’s chief executive officer and one of the 10 judges on the panel, said: ‘A massive congratulations to all of the North of England finalists. With so many excellent projects, as well as individual and team successes submitted, it was tough for us to whittle down to the shortlist.’

The IQ Excellence Awards celebrate the exceptional achievements in the mineral products sector across regions in the UK with award presentations taking place in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England.

Each regional award winner automatically goes forward to the national excellence awards to compete for the overall national title in each category, which will take place at Hillhead 2020.

The judging panel for the IQ Excellence Awards is made up of professionals from across the mineral products sector:

  • Levi Hamilton MIQ – director at Delabole Slate
  • Steve Cole FIQ – managing director of Emerald Mineral Development
  • Andy Morris FIQ – Chartered mining engineer with more than 49 years’ experience in aggregates and associated industries
  • Iain Smith FIQ – regional health, safety and environmental manager at Tarmac
  • Wayne Darwin MIQ – assurance and governance manager at Tarmac
  • Katie Barrett Associate – national skills and safety park trainer, Tarmac
  • Colin Mew FIQ – HM Principal Inspector at the Health and Safety Executive
  • Dr Rob Donnelly FIQ – former senior lecturer and programme leader at the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products
  • James Thorne – IQ chief executive officer
  • Julian Smallshaw – IQ head of education and standards.

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