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16 Mar 2022

Further New Appointments boost MPA Team

The expansion of MPA’s team of experts continues with the announcement of two new appointments.

ColinMew_s.jpgColin Mew, HM Principal Inspector, whose role includes Chief Inspector of Quarries, will be joining MPA in a health & safety advisory role, focussing on helping to deliver  MPA’s ‘Vision Zero’ strategy by 2025.

A long term association with the mineral products industry and other heavy high risk industries such as iron and steel, has included major accident investigation work, policy roles and a range of work involving engaging with stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes. From his Doncaster Diploma/ Leeds University route to degree level, he subsequently worked in a number of managerial positions in the quarrying industry before joining HSE in 1993 as HM Inspector of Quarries. In 2009 he was permanently promoted to Principal Inspector which included the role of Chief Inspector of Quarries where he has led a team of Inspectors responsible for regulating Health and Safety in quarries in GB.

Colin looks forward to applying his knowledge and experience to bring about positive change saying:

“MPA stands out as the authoritative voice of the mineral products industry and I have enjoyed a close association with MPA and its members for many years. Throughout that time, I have observed the collaboration and determination of MPA and it’s members to make workplaces safe and healthy. I am delighted to be joining MPA. It is a fantastic opportunity to work with talented and committed individuals and organisations as MPA members work towards their shared vision, ‘Vision Zero’ where everyone goes home safe and well, every day.

“It’s also exciting to be joining an organisation that has Health and Safety as a strategic priority and core value and so visibly supports and celebrates innovation and excellence. I’m really looking forward to adding my knowledge, experience and commitment to that pool of talent. So much good work has already been done. There’s a lot to build on and the commitment of individuals and members is palpable. Health and Safety is written right across the MPA Charter with its core values: driving change, raising standards, improving perceptions. I’m ready for that challenge and I feel privileged to be in a position to bring with me my insight into the regulator together with learnings from some unique experiences over my career. “

JosephHackett_s.pngJoseph Hackett joins MPA as Public Affairs Executive, following several years working for various Members of Parliament in their Westminster offices. His policy interests have included infrastructure projects and the supply chain behind them. He will bring his experience as gatekeeper of the MPs’ inboxes to step up the volume of MPA’s Parliamentary engagement, including on All Party Parliamentary Groups.

Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive of MPA, said: “It is exciting to have so many talented and interesting team members joining us at MPA. They are a ‘shot in the arm’ which will invigorate us even more. We have a world class team working across an ever widening range of issues from climate change, resource use, technical standards and design codes right through to nature conservation and Colin and Joseph joining the team will help ensure we continue to both protect and promote the industry even more effectively.”


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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