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MPQC welcomes new board members

Darren Stokes and Huw Richards

Mineral Products Qualifications Council adds two new board members, including one SME

THE Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC), the organization that sets standards and develops training and skills for the extractive sector, has welcomed Darren Stokes, managing director of Tripod Crest Ltd, and Huw Richards, group managing director of Walters Group, to its board.

As part of a drive towards diversifying industry input, both were invited to join senior directors from a range of major aggregate and mineral companies, as well as trade associations, who form the MPQC board.

As a collective, the board meets at least three times a year to decide the overall strategic direction of MPQC, based on industry requirements, as well as the distribution of resources, funds and responsibility.

Mr Stokes (left of photo) started his career as a trainee quantity surveyor in 1989, before joining SME Tripod Crest Ltd in 2003 and becoming managing director six years later. The company undertakes a wide range of highways contracts and supplies surfacing manpower and equipment.


Mr Richards (right of photo) has been key to the growth and success of Walters Group for more than two decades, and is involved with all aspects of the Group’s diverse activities, including civil engineering, plant services and development.

Commenting on the new board members, John Wilkinson, chief executive officer of MPQC, said: ‘We are pleased to welcome both Darren and Huw, whose combined experience and knowledge will be a much-valued addition to the current team as we work towards broadening the industry base represented within our board.

‘We look forward to having their input and perspective as we continue to extend the reach of the services MPQC offers to the industry sector throughout the UK.’

The pair will attend their first MPQC board meeting on 26 April, bringing the number of directors to nine.

They will join representatives from the British Aggregates Association, Tarmac Trading Ltd, CEMEX UK Operations Ltd, Mining Association of the UK, Hanson UK, Mineral Products Association, and Breedon Group plc.


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