As is tradition at this time of year, December is the chance to reflect on the past year and to look toward what the coming year may bring. Whilst my predecessors would have talked of uncertainty, challenges and opportunities, I don’t think any of us would have predicted the 2020 we have all experienced.
It gives me great pleasure to be writing my first Presidents column for our magazine as our industry is one I am incredibly proud of. As members of the Institute, our industry and our profession are critical in supporting our country, our economy and our communities.
As I reach the end of my term as IQ President, I cannot believe how quickly the time as flown. It seems like just a few months ago that I came into office.
As we all settle back into work after the seasonal break, many of us will be re-evaluating our professional lives and setting new goals for the year ahead. What that looks like will vary widely, but I’m sure that we all set out with the best intentions.
What a year 2019 finally turned out to be; a changing of the prime ministerial guard, a snap election and whichever way we may feel about it individually, hopefully, a resolution to the impasse of Brexit. Now with the election firmly behind us, we can finally enter 2020 with greater certainty about where the industry is heading.
This month’s President's blog lands on your doorstep just a matter of days before the UK general election. It’s not certain what next year will bring for the country or our industry, but as the end of 2019 approaches, I think that we can be positive and proud of our progress and that of our colleagues in the sector. Whatever the outcome of the general election, we can be sure that our industry’s contribution is of fundamental importance in supporting the drive for economic success for the country.
For all those who joined us at this year’s Centenary Conference at The Belfry, it was an extra-special occasion marking 100 years of the Institute of Quarrying. Conference itself provided much food for thought about the softer issues affecting our industry – from men’s health to sustainability. Later in the day, our Centenary Dinner delivered a fantastic evening of achievement awards, inspirational guest speakers, fine dining and great company.