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Institute of Quarrying chief executive gets new role

Two significant extractive industry bodies have announced a major change to their leadership ahead of next year.   

The Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) and The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) in the UK will share a chief executive officer in a move they say will reinforce their “long-standing” collaboration.  

 James Thorne will assume MPQC leadership alongside his IQ responsibilities. 

Current MPQC chief Viv Russell has stood down and will retire at the end of the year following a health scare earlier this year.  

“This new joint CEO role is a natural extension of the strong bond between the two organisations, having worked collaboratively on behalf of the mineral products sector now for some time,” Russell said.

“On a personal level, I have worked closely with James, particularly in my role as IQ president. He has the leadership and vision to take MPQC and IQ to the next level and I wish him every success.”  

MPQC and IQ signed a memorandum of understanding in 2022 to work together to increase the value of membership services within the mineral products sector and further develop partnerships with other sectors, industries, and government bodies.  

This closer collaboration underlines the vision for the National Stone Centre (NSC) in creating an international centre of excellence for the mineral products industry. Plans for the centre were revealed earlier this year.  

According to the IQ’s statement, members of both MPQC and IQ will benefit through the collective resources of both organisations in establishing the NSC as the focal point for skills, knowledge and training for the sector. Through Minerals Matter it will also become a focal point for raising awareness of the impact and importance of the sector to visitors.  

“Both IQ and MPQC have proud histories of developing industry-relevant education and professional development pathways aimed at raising standards and fulfilling the extractive sector’s need for a safe, competent, and sustainable workforce,” IQ Board chairperson Ben Williams said. 

“With so many crossover areas of interest, and the ongoing progress of our plans at the National Stone Centre, having James in a joint CEO role will enable us to continue to deliver value to our respective members and the sector as a whole.”

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