Simon Willis becomes new MPA chairman
Hanson UK chief executive officer succeeds Martin Riley as chairman of Mineral Products Association
SIMON Willis, chief executive officer of Hanson UK, has been appointed as chairman of the Mineral Products Association (MPA) for the next two years. He becomes the eighth chairman of the Association and takes over from Martin Riley of Tarmac.
Paying tribute to Mr Riley’s contribution to the Association throughout his term of office, Nigel Jackson, chief executive of the MPA, commented: ‘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.’
Commenting on the appointment of Mr Willis (pictured), Mr Jackson said: ‘We are delighted that Simon has agreed to pick up the baton from Martin and become the eighth 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.’