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19 Jan 2022

MPA strengthens team with new appointments

The Mineral Products Association has appointed three new professionals to further strengthen its core team following the merger with British Precast.

Gareth-Wake.jpgGareth Wake will head up the British Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (BRMCA), the MPA products group which represents the interests of UK ready-mixed concrete producers. Gareth has 25 years of industry experience having worked in technical management for the ready-mixed concrete industry for CEMEX and Tarmac. During that time, he has provided technical support for several major infrastructure contracts including Mersey Gateway Bridge and Thames Tideway. He is passionate about developing and adopting best practice including low carbon concrete solutions and communicating the value of the product to users.

Steve-Wharton.jpgSteve Wharton has been appointed to lead MPA Masonry, the newly-formed product group to share best practice and promote the benefits of concrete building blocks, aerated products and mortars. Steve has a 40-year track record in the industry having started his career in highway design before moving into technical management for the precast concrete industry with CEMEX, Aggregate Industries, Marley and more recently Parex/Sika. He has provided technical support for high-profile construction projects all over the world including Australia, Europe and the Middle East, as well as the UK.

Luke-George.jpgLuke George joins MPA in a new role as Economic and Policy Analyst. A skilled economist with eight years’ experience at leading macroeconomic and survey firm Consensus Economics, Luke has specialist knowledge of UK and European macroeconomic analysis and commodity markets. His expertise in data analysis, forecasting and reporting will strengthen the MPA’s economic and policy work in producing insightful analyses of the UK economy and markets for the benefit of members and wider industry stakeholders.

Nigel Jackson, CEO of Mineral Products Association said: “I am delighted that we are able to bring   such experienced new professionals to join our already stellar line-up of industry experts at the start of another critical year for the mineral products industry. Between them Gareth, Steve and Luke bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight that will complement and strengthen our existing team. On behalf of everyone at MPA, I wish them well in their new roles and look forward to working with them to deliver results for our members.”


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 merger of British Precast, and affiliation of 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 2018, the industry supplied £16 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 £172 billion in 2018. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the country’s largest manufacturing sectors.

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