IQ Branch News

Northern Ireland Branch host regional IQ Excellence Awards

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 31, 2019 5:00:00 PM / by IQ News Update

IQ News Update

The ‘Stonecrushers Ball’ organised by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) Northern Ireland branch is an industry highlight for many. The annual event was the perfect setting to celebrate the Northern Ireland winners of the IQ Excellence Awards.

Special guest Julian Smallshaw, Head of Education and Standards at IQ, presented the awards at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Friday 25 October 2019 alongside the branch chairman, Roy Wallace MIQ.

IQ Excellence Awards Logo Glittered

Congratulations to all of the winners:

The Best Personal Development Project award recognises initiatives that are aimed at supporting the professional development of employees at company or site level.

Quinn Building Products won the award for its project ‘Quinn Safety Hub’. The judges were particularly impressed with this project as it involved a number of people to really build engagement across the business. It has also been commended by Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), describing the system as “a fantastic management tool”.


The Most Effective Process Improvement award acknowledges a team, project or initiative of technical process improvement that has delivered improved operational performance.

CDE Global Ltd was crowned the winner for its SmartTech Pilot Study, with the judges applauding the collaboration amongst the different stakeholders. The results were impressive and included quantifying the impact of main plant feeder blockages, optimisation of labour, and increased accuracy and responsiveness versus paper-based reporting.

The Most Inspirational Leader award honours an individual who has made the strongest positive impact on the team they are part of.

Kieran Hegarty, President at Terex Materials Processing Division, was revealed as the winner. Under his leadership, the business has become an innovative global leader. He is passionate about continuing professional development and has built global teams through positive engagement. 

The Most Promising Future Leader award recognises a talented individual for building their all-round knowledge and skills.

Ryan Reid, Graduate Mechanical Engineer at Roadstone Ltd, received the accolade. The judges commented on his great promise for a long and successful career in the industry, with university course leaders especially impressed with his organisational skills, exam performance and ability to communicate learned knowledge.

The IQ Excellence Awards celebrate the success of exceptional individuals, teams and projects around the UK. Award categories are aligned to the quadrants of the IQ Skills Wheel and promote the positive impact professionals make across the country.

About Northern Ireland and the IQ Branch

Northern Ireland is one of the most diverse geological areas in the world for its size. Did you know the HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed in Northern Ireland? It uses various sites in the region but notably, the former Lafarge Quarry at Magheramorne was used for filming scenes relating to the “wall in the north” to keep the “wildings” out.

For more information about IQ Northern Ireland branch, to find out more about events or register an interest, contact:


Roy Wallace

Vice Chairman

John Moore


David Johnston / 07887 514 410.


Topics: Northern Ireland Branch, Networking, Excellence Awards, IQ Community

IQ News Update

Written by IQ News Update

IQ News Updates are provided on all aspects of IQ news, events, updates and industry news

Subscribe for News Updates

Derbyshire Branch

John McGough FIQ

Vice Chair
Chris Rowan FIQ

Lewis Pinch

John Hattersley MIQ

Devon and Cornwall Branch

Brian Wiltshire FIQ

Vice Chair
James Tupman MIQ

Branch Secretary
Penny Brodie Associate

Lancashire Branch

Thor Atkinson Associate

Vice Chair
Thomas O'Boyle TMIQ

London and the Homes Counties Branch

Sam Tarr MIQ

Vice Chair
Gary McNeely MIQ

Hon. Secretary 
Mary Carter FIQ

Midlands Branch

For any queries about the Midlands branch please contact the IQ office on 0115 972 9995 or

North of England Branch

Hazen Bowskill MIQ

Vice Chair
Mike Young FIQ

Susan Arnott TMIQ

North Wales Branch

Mark Jones TMIQ

Vice Chair
Adam Daniels MIQ

Branch Secretary
Dan Green TMIQ

Northern Ireland Branch

Patrick O'Connor MIQ

Vice Chair
Edward Nethery Associate

Pierce Kirwan Associate

Scottish Branch

Harry Cant FIQ

Vice Chair
Michelle Latimer MIQ

Ian Christie FIQ

South Wales Branch

Daniel Morgan MIQ

Vice Chair
Richard Harris MIQ

Brett Morris Associate

West of England Branch

Otto Harhunen MIQ

Vice Chair
Gary Edmends MIQ

Rod Noble FIQ

West Midlands Branch

For any queries about the West Midlands branch please contact the IQ office on 0115 972 9995 or

Yorkshire Branch

Carl Rowley MIQ

Vice Chair
John Carlon MIQ

Branch Secretary
Kevin Parker FIQ

Recent Posts