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Phil Redmond, IQ President

Phil Redmond, IQ President

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Diversity is key for innovative industry

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Industry, Careers, Knowledge and Innovation

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In my last column, I outlined a number of the approaches and activities to drive innovation that the industry and IQ have undertaken over the years. Rapid advances in technology, and its application to what we do, means we are now facing unprecedented changes in the way we work.

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Driving knowledge and innovation

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 1, 2019 4:29:49 PM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Skills Wheel, Knowledge and Innovation

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As we move into the second half of 2019, we as an Institute are focusing on the third pillar of the Strategy launched at last year Fellows lunch.  Our ambition to drive innovation and operational best practice seeks to meet the immediate needs of the industry and to understand and prepare our members for the demands of the future.

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CPD driving leadership skills

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2019 11:58:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Leadership, CPD, personal effectiveness

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Over the last quarter I have focussed on the importance of leadership and how the Institute is supporting those who are destined to be the next generation of leaders in the industry. I have also highlighted some of the work that the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) is undertaking to support all members in developing their skills and knowledge around leadership.

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Developing an industry for the next generation

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Leadership, University of Derby, Careers

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As President of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), I am in a privileged position following in the footsteps of my predecessors in this role, all of whom have helped build the Institute into the organisation it is today. Whilst the time within the role is relatively short, we have all aspired to ensure the long-term goals of the Institute are progressed.

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Creating future leaders

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 1, 2019 10:17:14 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Leadership, University of Derby, personal effectiveness

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My recent columns have focused on the challenges our industry faces in managing health and safety. In dealing with these challenges, leadership is a recurring theme that affects the whole organisation - from the board room to individual operational sites.

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Managing risk for the better

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Standards and Professionalism

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I do not believe we can ever talk too much about health and safety. Achieving best practice is something that the Institute works tirelessly towards, along with our partners across the industry. Only this month our team has been talking to representatives from the Health & Safety Executive and the legal profession, as well as hands-on quarry operators, for the first in a series of IQON quarterly member films. The topic? You guessed it; health and safety. Watch this space for more on this.

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A competent workforce drives success

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in CPD, University of Derby

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As members of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) we focus heavily on the need for competence, both for ourselves and our colleagues. It is a core principle in supporting our efforts to improve in priority areas such as health, safety and well-being. As professionals we should all know our responsibilities from the regulatory perspective and it is critical that we all continue to meet those obligations.

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New year, new campaign to halt entrapment

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Industry, Skills Wheel, Standards and Professionalism

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The start of a new year is traditionally a time for looking forward. A time filled with hope, excitement and positivity. A time when we look for  new possibilities and fresh opportunities. This year, as we look forward at what these might mean for our industry, I would like us to reaffirm our primary desire that we as individuals and all of our colleagues are able to arrive home at the end of every shift safely.

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IQ's strategic focus for 2019 and beyond

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Industry

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As 2018 draws to a close, it’s clear it has been another eventful year for the industry and the Institute. As 2019 dawns, our sector and the country as a whole can expect some uncertainty. One thing we do know for certain is that mineral extractives will continue to be critical for the long term sustainability of the country, underpinning the growth and prosperity of our economy.
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One hundred years of QM - An industry institution

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Centenary, IQ Community

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This month sees another landmark occasion for our community. Firm favourite Quarry Management (QM) - The Quarry Managers' Journal (QMJ) as it was formerly known - is celebrating its own centenary, hot on the heels of IQ’s celebrations last year. It is a timely reminder of how close the ties between our two organizations are and how important this industry institution has been for members from the very earliest days of IQ.

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