Last week saw the culmination of many of our centenary celebrations with a packed week of activities.
The award winning Quarry Garden was adapted and opened in its new permanent location at the National Memorial Arboretum by our President and the Presidents of the IQ national institutes from around the world. It truly was a fitting occasion with even the weather providing a reminder of the week in June at Chatsworth House!
Our conference and industry dinner provided an excellent opportunity for industry leaders, members and our partners to gather and celebrate our 100th year.
As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting our members and the industry, the conference tackled a number of the key issues we face from Health, safety and wellbeing to biodiversity and sustainability. The broad range of speakers highlighted areas that we need to focus on but also provided practical examples of how some of these issues are being addressed.
It was particularly pleasing to welcome our international presidents from around the world to share their insights of the issues they face in their countries and reminds us that the IQ is a truly global organisation. It was also great to hear from our future leaders reflecting on their experiences of the industry and their hopes and vision for the future. We are all aware that supporting and investing in the future generations is a priority for us all.
I think everyone at the industry dinner found the presentation by Olympic gold medal winning rower Helen Glover inspirational and showed what can be achieved by providing the right support to talented individuals.
Speaking to delegates on the day and since the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and it is important to thank all of those who supported the event through exhibiting and sponsorship as without their support we could not have made this happen.
As you would expect this year has been one of celebration and reflection of the proud history of the IQ and its members. As someone who has only recently joined the Institute I also know that there is no complacency and that we are looking to the future and increasing our efforts to support our members and the sector for the next 100 years.
One of the key parts of the conference was to launch the IQ Pledge which is a clear commitment from the IQ to growing and supporting members to achieve their professional goals and in return seek the commitment from the industry to support IQ in those efforts.
It was both pleasing and important to have a number of organisations from across the industry there to sign the pledge and show support for our ambition to increase membership to 5000 in the UK by 2021. The Pledge is a live project over the next few years and we will be meeting with more businesses over the coming months to engage them in the project.
Details of the Pledge and of those who have already signed up to it are available at quarrying.org/iq-centennial-pledge
Here’s to the next 100 years.