Simon Willis, Chief Executive Officer, Hanson UK, has been appointed MPA Chairman for the next two years, succeeding Martin Riley, Senior Vice President, Tarmac.
Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive MPA, paid tribute to Martin's contribution to MPA during his term of office:
"Martin has demonstrated formidable leadership in his time as Chairman particularly in the field of health and safety. His strategic vision and commitment have been second to none and he has not only inspired his own company but his peers and the next generation of leaders. He has also helped strengthen industry unity at a time of unprecedented challenges from Brexit to Covid as MPA continues to drive change, raise standards and improve perceptions of the industry. We thank him for his excellent stewardship and the significant contributions he has made during his term of office and wish him well for the future as he remains a Board Director of MPA.
“We are delighted that Simon has agreed to pick up the baton from Martin and become the 8th Chairman of MPA. His wide industry knowledge and experience will be invaluable to the association as we look to play our part in the economic recovery whilst continuing to operate safely and securely until a vaccine for Covid-19 is available and tackle other major issues including climate change and access to resources.”
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About the Mineral Products Association:
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the affiliation of British Precast, the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), Eurobitume, MPA Northern Ireland, MPA Scotland and the British Calcium Carbonate Federation, it has a growing membership of 520 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of UK cement and lime production, 90% of GB aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. In 2016, the industry supplied £18 billion worth of materials and services to the Economy. It is also the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £169 billion in 2018. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors.