As we reach the midway point of the year, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the significant accomplishments that have been made at the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and in the sector.
As an Institute, our core identity is about developing skills, knowledge and competence. One of the benefits of Institute of Quarrying (IQ) membership is the opportunity to progress through qualifications like those provided at the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products, as well as share experiences and learn from our network of industry peers.
As we step out of the winter months and begin to see the first signs of spring, it's a reminder of how lucky I have been to spend my life working in an industry that plays a crucial role in the environment surrounding us. The annual cycle of life that emerges within upcoming months emphasises our responsibility to maintain the environment for future generations.
The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) prides itself on developing talented professionals that will drive the sector into the future. Over the coming months, there are a wide variety of IQ events and projects available for members and the industry to attain new knowledge, guidance and continuing professional development (CPD), as well as a new grant opportunity for members.
It has been a fast start to 2023, with the Institute of Quarrying’s (IQ) focus firmly on the projects and opportunities that the year ahead will bring. We already have a wide range of activities in the pipeline, and in my position as President, I am passionate about adding my personal support to the successful delivery of each and every one.
Happy 2023! I hope the festive break provided you all with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy precious time with your families and friends. Here at the Institute, we have returned following the Christmas break and are energised by what the next 12 months hold, as our exciting new vision for IQ starts to take shape.
As the year draws to a close, it feels like a good time to reflect on the last 12 months. Following the recent years where we have all been impacted by the pandemic, this year has felt closer to ‘normality’.
This last month I have continued to meet with many different colleagues and friends across the sector, listening to their stories, understanding the challenges faced and how we can continue to support them here at the Institute of Quarrying (IQ).
It has been a busy beginning to my term as IQ President. Starting with the AGM last month, October is now providing plenty of opportunities for me to meet with members at various events and activities.
This September marks the change in President at the Institute. As the incoming President, I would like to start by thanking Martin Riley for his commitment and dedication to the role over the last two years.