Presidents Blog

Managing risk for the better

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Safety, health

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I do not believe we can ever talk too much about health and safety. Achieving best practice is something that the Institute works tirelessly towards, along with our partners across the industry. Only this month our team has been talking to representatives from the Health & Safety Executive and the legal profession, as well as hands-on quarry operators, for the first in a series of IQON quarterly member films. The topic? You guessed it; health and safety. Watch this space for more on this.

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A competent workforce drives success

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in CPD, Training

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As members of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) we focus heavily on the need for competence, both for ourselves and our colleagues. It is a core principle in supporting our efforts to improve in priority areas such as health, safety and well-being. As professionals we should all know our responsibilities from the regulatory perspective and it is critical that we all continue to meet those obligations.

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New year, new campaign to halt entrapment

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Safety, Skills Wheel, health

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The start of a new year is traditionally a time for looking forward. A time filled with hope, excitement and positivity. A time when we look for  new possibilities and fresh opportunities. This year, as we look forward at what these might mean for our industry, I would like us to reaffirm our primary desire that we as individuals and all of our colleagues are able to arrive home at the end of every shift safely.

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IQ's strategic focus for 2019 and beyond

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in IQ

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As 2018 draws to a close, it’s clear it has been another eventful year for the industry and the Institute. As 2019 dawns, our sector and the country as a whole can expect some uncertainty. One thing we do know for certain is that mineral extractives will continue to be critical for the long term sustainability of the country, underpinning the growth and prosperity of our economy.
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One hundred years of QM - An industry institution

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Centenary

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This month sees another landmark occasion for our community. Firm favourite Quarry Management (QM) - The Quarry Managers' Journal (QMJ) as it was formerly known - is celebrating its own centenary, hot on the heels of IQ’s celebrations last year. It is a timely reminder of how close the ties between our two organizations are and how important this industry institution has been for members from the very earliest days of IQ.

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New IQ President looks to the future

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2018 2:57:00 PM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Industry

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It is a great pleasure to be writing my first column as President of the Institute. I would like to thank Miles for his commitment to the Institute over many years and in particular the last two years as President. He has fulfilled the role with great energy and passion for our work which I intend to continue and build on.

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Time for change

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 1, 2018 12:48:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in IQ Branches, professionalism, development

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This is the final column from me as the President of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ). During September I will be stepping down from the Board after nearly 20 years of active engagement with the Institute. It is a mixed-emotion experience as, on the one hand, after such a long period of participation it is sad to leave behind such a great organization. But, on the other hand, my colleagues and I have worked hard on the organizational governance to ensure there is an inflow of new enthusiasm and talent to maintain a freshness to the professional body, which is essential to its continuing relevance. I look on this latter point with a sense of pride that I was able to make a small, but lasting, contribution to the future of IQ.

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Another year, another milestone

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 1, 2018 12:42:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in International

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Just over a year ago we celebrated the Centenary of the IQ with the quarry garden at Chatsworth and July 2018 has seen another milestone for the Institute. Our colleagues in New Zealand are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and I had the pleasure of attending their conference in Hamilton at the end of July to mark the occasion.

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Leadership in a changing world

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 1, 2018 3:44:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in Leadership, Skills Wheel, professionalism

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Leadership is critical to ensuring organisations are not only profitable, but also operate in a manner that is responsible and that enables our people go home safely at the end of each day.

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Whatever the weather - Hillhead shines for the industry!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2018 2:59:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in IQ Member, CPD, IQ Academy, Skills Wheel, members, membership

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Once again we have reached that point in our calendar where all attention turns to Hillhead. In the summer the Peaks are beautiful, but seasoned Hillhead visitors will know you can expect anything from snow to gales to glorious sunshine. 

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