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Martin Riley, IQ President

Martin Riley, IQ President
Martin Riley is the 69th President of IQ and the Senior Vice President of Tarmac

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Driving better industry outcomes through collective effort

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 28, 2022 9:45:35 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Industry

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I want to start my column this month by taking a moment to remember one of my predecessors as President of the Institute. Many of you will know that Anthony Morgan sadly passed away last month.

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Leading through nature

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 31, 2022 9:45:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Environment

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Incredibly, we are now entering the year's second quarter. Nearly everyone I speak to agrees that 2022 seems to be passing by like a blur. This time of year brings the arrival of spring in the UK and hopefully the promise of better weather on the way.

Seeing the first signs of new life and growth around us is an excellent reminder of the positive impact we make on the natural environment in which we operate. Most of us can probably recall one of the plenty of case studies highlighting the various projects that different companies have put into place in recent years. These projects aim to provide sites of high ecological value during and at the end of operational activities, supporting wildlife and biodiversity.

Often these spaces also create vital and valued facilities for local communities that have become so important for everyone, particularly in light of the events of the last couple of years. The MPA's Quarries & Nature - A 50 Year Success Story showcases the excellent work that has been carried out and the value that our industry contributes to this area.

However, as members of the Institute, we should be ambitious in continuously seeking to improve and challenge ourselves. To understand how we as the professional body can support the industry in driving even more remarkable achievements.

We know that the operational context is changing with the regulatory changes driven by the new Environment Act and the development of the agenda around Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG). Across the industry, there has been much discussion of the BNG and its ability to reflect our industry accurately. The current round of consultation ends at the beginning of this month, and we will update members with the outcomes as it becomes clear.

It is also timely for the Institute as we relocate to the National Stone Centre at Wirksworth, which is six former quarries, and surrounded by restoration projects from the industry demonstrating what can be done in delivering high-quality biodiverse landscapes.

With these sites and their resources now available to us, the Institute is actively developing new training for members and the broader industry around the restoration agenda. We play our part in supporting the drive to a more sustainable future.

Looking across social media and from previous experience, I know many feel privileged to work in such beautiful parts of the country. We share that sense of stewardship from the sites we are responsible for.

As professionals and members of the Institute, let's keep striving to protect and manage our sites, delivering the vital products the country and the economy needs whilst preserving and enhancing the landscapes we operate in and the communities we serve.

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A diverse workforce will lead to a stronger industry

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 2, 2022 9:45:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Industry

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Writing this month's column coincided with National Apprenticeship Week. The annual campaign celebrates apprentices and the value of an apprenticeship as a foundation for future success.

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Don’t let career development affect personal development

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2022 9:45:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in CPD, Personal Effectiveness, Standards and Professionalism

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The new year is now well and truly underway and we have quickly become immersed in delivering this year’s organisational plans and focusing on day-to-day operations. It’s often all too easy for us to neglect our own personal development needs.

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Reasons to welcome the New Year

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 1, 2022 9:45:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Industry, Health and Safety

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As we begin the New Year, there is a sense of Groundhog Day for many of us. We are grappling with uncertainties surrounding the latest Covid variant, the disruption it is causing and how it may affect us in the coming months.

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Working for a sustainable future

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Industry, Environment

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November marks several significant events both globally and for the IQ, reflecting the challenges we are facing as a society and highlighting some of the actions we are taking as an industry to drive better outcomes for the future.

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Celebrating a bright future for our profession

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Industry, University of Derby

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Over the last few months this column has highlighted the importance of our sector supporting the wider society. There are many challenges and opportunities, driven by technology and the sustainability agenda, that we face but few outside of our industry recognise the contribution that our sector can make. Through our engagement with stakeholders across a range of sectors, there is often a preconceived idea of our industry and profession, which frequently is at odds with reality.

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An exciting new chapter

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2021 11:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Industry

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Over the last few weeks you may have seen the announcement regarding the merger of the Institute of Quarrying with the National Stone Centre (NSC) at Wirksworth in Derbyshire. We have set out our vision and purpose for the project and our aspirations for the future in our communications to members.

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Engaging communities for future skills

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 2, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Environment, Engagement Influence and Impact

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One of the issues we often discuss at IQ Board of Trustees meetings is the need for society to recognise the need for our sector and our profession.

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Industry innovation for a sustainable future

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2021 12:14:57 PM / by Martin Riley, IQ President posted in Environment

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In last month’s column, the focus centred on the importance of continuing professional development (CPD) for all of us as members of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and the wider industry. The June issue of Quarry Management also provided a timely insight into the work the industry is undertaking in driving innovation across a range of areas.

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