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How We Operate

MPA is recognised as the sectoral organisation for the mineral products industry. It is one integrated association, where policy development ‘from bottom up’ is discussed in the MPA Regions and relevant expert committees before being signed off at Council and Board level, thus ensuring that the sector has effective governance.

We represent our members' interests on policy, planning and technical matters with government departments, local authorities, professional trade bodies and other key audiences at European, national and local levels.

Our regional structure, based on UK economic and planning regions, enables us to enter into dialogue with all interested parties at county and local levels.

MPA English Regions and MPA Wales

One of MPA’s strengths lies in its Regional structure in England and Wales, which is based on the UK economic planning regions. Regional Chairs feed local views and recommendations to MPA Council. The Regions also provide many opportunities for members of all sizes to network with their peers.

MPA Wales routinely and constructively engages closely with national decision makers and regulators, bringing considerable benefit to members, which includes all major operators, a number of regional businesses and associate members.

Visit the MPA Wales page to find out more.

MPA Scotland and MPA Northern Ireland

MPA Scotland and MPA Northern Ireland are affiliate members, and work closely with the MPA through participation in key committees and MPA Council. Visit the MPA Northern Ireland page here.


Role of the Board

The Board is the governing body for MPA Ltd (the MPA) responsible for the ‘Business of the Association’ on behalf of the members. This includes both Core business and that of the Product Groups. Responsibilities include strategic issues, finance, the annual budget & business plan, all policies, the appointment and monitoring of the performance of the CEO and to put forward a candidate for Chairman every 2 years to the membership to ratify.

Role of Directors

Directors should participate in the best interests of the industry, trade association and members of the association and try to avoid thinking purely in terms of what is best for their company.

Role of Chairman

The role of the Chairman is non–executive and they are responsible to the Board whilst also leading and managing it. 

Role of Chief Executive

The CEO is responsible for managing the association with MPA staff. The CEO reports to the Board but works closely with the Chairman on governance issues and keeps them advised and well prepared and able to fulfil their responsibilities. The CEO also has responsibility for identifying any governance shortfalls and should draw these to the attention of the Board.

Role of Council

The Council is responsible for all matters relating to membership and for advising the Board on strategic and other key policy issues taking into account the views of the wider membership.

Role of Core Committees and Product Groups

The committees are responsible for dealing with issues of relevance that have implications for members’ interests. Membership of committees can include both Producer and Associate members.

MPA Strategic Priorities

The following 7 Strategic Priorities underpin the achievement of the Vision for 2025.

Find out more information on our strategic priorities.

MPA Vision for 2025

Member consultation has established that the industry wishes:

‘to be valued as an essential and economically, socially and environmentally sustainable industry of significance to the economy and our way of life’

and perceived as:

  • cohesive and well-organised, responsible and accountable
  • creative, collaborative and outward looking
  • professional and competent, setting high standards to retain and attract new people, reflecting UK diversity
  • innovative, embracing the use of best available technology and sharing best practices
  • engaging constructively and strategically with Government, regulators, local communities and other stakeholders