MPA strengthens team as membership increases

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has strengthened its team with six new appointments.
Quarry Products / January 27, 2020
By Liam McLoughlin
The MPA says its membership is continuing to grow © arvind verma
The MPA says its membership is continuing to grow © arvind verma

The UK industry association says the appointments are part of its 10th year anniversary that took place in 2019 and in support of its vision for 2025.

MPA chief executive Nigel Jackson added that the MPA's total membership continues to grow rapidly, further extending the association's representation to well in excess of 90% of total UK mineral product activity.

Chris Leese, former vice president at CEMEX UK, joins as director of UK concrete and special adviser health & safety. UK concrete is a new campaigning vehicle which will be launched in the coming weeks to promote and defend the concrete industry with a focus on non-technical audiences and stakeholders.

Phil Cox, formerly at GRS, Midland Quarry Products, Lafarge Tarmac and RMC, joins as director of British precast. 

Neal Weston, formerly at Airlines UK and the Institution of Civil Engineers, succeeds Brian James as director of membership and regions.

Dr Robert McIlveen, formerly at Royal Mail and Network Rail, succeeds Jerry McLaughlin as director of public affairs.

Dr Robert McIlveen is the MPA's new director of public affairs
Dr Robert McIlveen is the MPA's new director of public affairs

Tony Entwistle, formerly at Sibelco and the construction industry, joins as health & safety manager focussing on aggregates and non-cementitious products.

Roger Griffiths, joins as manager-innovation projects, working on innovation and research & development grant-funded projects related to energy and climate change.

Jackson said: "With the number of issues affecting the industry increasing and given the growing complexity and integration of issues driven by climate change and the availability and use of strategic resources the industry has to ensure that it has the right skills and competences to respond to current and future challenges. 

"The new Government has made its intentions for the economy and environment clear and once we have left the EU we should anticipate significant regulatory change. MPA will continue to ensure that it is best able to represent the industry during this process and further changes in resourcing and structure are planned to ensure we remain ‘match fit’ for the next 5 and 10 years.”

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