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New challenge awaits outgoing IQ general manager

Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips to pursue new challenges after 10 years in post at Institute of Quarrying 

A MORE than familiar face around the mineral extractives industry, Mike Phillips, general manager of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), is moving on to new challenges in 2018 after a decade in post.

During his 10-year tenure at IQ, Mike made a considerable contribution, which has seen the organization move forward in a number of areas. These include IQ gaining Professional Affiliation status to the Engineering Council, the regulatory body for the engineering profession that sets and maintains internationally recognized standards of professional competence and commitment.


Mike was also the driving force behind the introduction of IQ’s Corporate Professional Competence Scheme, the PRIME project and introducing the TMIQ membership level, as well as the development of online Continuous Professional Development (CPD) recording system and IQ’s CPD App.

Miles Watkins, IQ President, said: ‘Mike Phillips is a name known to most people in our industry. His infectious enthusiasm and boundless energy have played a big part in driving forward his ideas and initiatives. During his decade-long service IQ has made significant progress, increasing its membership and cementing its reputation for professional excellence across the industry.

‘I’m pleased to say that whilst Mike is heading off to pursue new challenges, he will be continuing to work with the IQ in an independent capacity, supporting the important work of the Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee (QNJAC). Everyone at IQ wishes him well and thanks him for everything he has achieved.’

Commenting on his time at IQ, Mike added: ‘I’ve worked within the extractives and mineral processing industry for more than 24 years, starting my career at Hargreaves Quarries in Yorkshire. During my time within the industry I’ve been involved with most things – including quarrying, asphalt, concrete and recycling – not only in the UK but also overseas. 

‘I became a proud member of IQ aged 24 as an aspiring young manager. From where I started, I never believed that my career would lead me to the coveted role of general manager at IQ. I’ve always been huge advocate of professional development and my time at IQ has allowed me to share my passion and commitment with many others. 

‘The industry has taken major leaps forward over the years with improvements in health and safety, sustainability, recycling and community relations, but it is the industry’s commitment to developing the skills and competencies of its people that makes me most proud. 

‘IQ is in great shape for what promises to be a very exciting future. I’ll be keeping in touch with all of my colleagues and look forward to following the success of the new IQ Skills Pledge.’

Mike leaves IQ at the end of December 2017.


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