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.
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.
This month is my last as President of the Institute before passing the baton to Viv Russell in September.
It seems incredible that we are already in the second half of the year. We have just seen the welcome return of Hillhead after a gap of four years, and I know the team enjoyed catching up with the members that attended during the three days of the show. What is also passing quickly is my term as IQ President, as next month will be my last.
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.