Presidents Blog

Developing an industry for the next generation

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Leadership, University of Derby, Apprenticeships, Careers

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As President of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), I am in a privileged position following in the footsteps of my predecessors in this role, all of whom have helped build the Institute into the organisation it is today. Whilst the time within the role is relatively short, we have all aspired to ensure the long-term goals of the Institute are progressed.

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Creating future leaders

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 1, 2019 10:17:14 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Leadership, Skills Wheel, IQ Branches, personal effectiveness

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My recent columns have focused on the challenges our industry faces in managing health and safety. In dealing with these challenges, leadership is a recurring theme that affects the whole organisation - from the board room to individual operational sites.

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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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Health and safety: getting the basics right

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2018 2:59:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in Safety, Leadership, health

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We all know that health, safety and well-being are the top priority for our industry and those working within it. What we know also is that 2017 represented the worst year for fatalities in five years.

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Make H&S meaningful and relevant to your teams

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2017 2:51:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in Safety, Leadership, Skills Wheel, health, engagement

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Rightly consigned to history are the days of accepted poor practice and safety at work in our sector. Today, the UK minerals extractives industry is the global benchmark for operational standards of safety, delivered through a commitment to, and investment in, better operational practices, as well as improved standards of education, training, skills and leadership. 

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