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British Aggregates Association AGM 2019. From left to right: Rory Underwood MBE (far left); Roger Cullimore, BAA special presentation recipient; Peter Huxtable, BAA chairman; John Wilkinson, MPQC; Colin Mew, HSE; Viv Russell, QNJAC; and James Thorne, IQ CEO.
There were strong environmental and health and safety themes at this year’s British Aggregates Association
More than 100 delegates listened to a diverse range of morning presentations involving representatives from companies and organisations including Carbon8, DustScan, Calor, Natural England, DXB Pump & Power and MPQC (Mineral Products Qualifications Council).
The afternoon programme saw James Thorne, IQ chief executive, Colin Mew, principal inspector of GB quarries for the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), and John Wilkinson, of MPQC, take part in a Q&A panel discussion chaired by Viv Russell, chair of QNJAC (Quarries Joint National Advisory Committee), under the heading ‘Collaboration is the Secret to Achieve Zero Harm’. This was followed by a lively key guest speaker talk and demonstration by former England rugby international and RAF pilot Rory Underwood MBE centred on how strong awareness and focus can lead to improved performance.
The BAA’s Quarry of the Year Award was won by CCP Wardlow Quarry, Staffordshire. BAA AOS (Awards Operating Standards) chair Steve Cole presented the award to Charles Trigg, technical director of CCP’s parent group SigmaRoc.
Rory Underwood MBE pictured during his talk and demonstration at the BAA's 2019 AGM
BAA also presented four AOS awards - to CCP (Aberdo Quarry, Flintshire), Hugh King/Tillicoultry Group (Hullerhill Sand Quarry, North Ayrshire) and Summerleaze (Bray & Denham Quarries, Berkshire).
A special presentation was made to BAA founder member and executive director Roger Cullimore for his long and energetic service to BAA small and medium enterprise (SME) operators and the wider UK quarry industry.
A multi-company and organisation exhibition also ran throughout the AGM. It featured stands from Calor, Command Alkom, DXB Motors, Duo, DustScan, GWP Consultants, Herbst Software, HSE, Influential Management, John White, Longfloor, Mitsubishi Electric, MPQC, QNJAC and Quarry Design.
The AGM on Monday 17 June at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club near Coventry, England, was followed by the BAA Annual Dinner. Many delegates also took part in the following day’s BAA Annual Golf Tournament.