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IQ Honorary Fellowship for Roy Bush

Roy Bush and Viv Russell

Roy Bush recognized for outstanding contribution to quarrying and mineral products industries

AFTER almost half a century working in the quarrying and mineral products industries, the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) has recognized the outstanding contribution of Roy Bush FIQ, health and safety director for British Aggregates Association (BAA), with the award of an Honorary Fellowship.

Mr Bush (left of photo) has served on the councils of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and the Minerals Products Qualifications Council (MPQC). He currently represents the BAA at the Extractives Industry Strategic Health and Safety Forum and continues to play an instrumental role within QNJAC, sitting on all of the working groups, as well as the main board.

Viv Russell FIQ (right of photo), President of the Institute of Quarrying, said: ‘It was a particularly proud moment for me to present Roy with his Honorary Fellowship, recognizing all his hard work for both IQ and the Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee (QNJAC). Roy has always taken a pragmatic approach towards health and safety by becoming a finder of solutions rather than a creator of problems. I would like to personally thank him for his hard work and contributions over the years.’

Receiving the Honorary Fellowship, Mr Bush said: ‘After my initial surprise and shock of being presented with the award, which I genuinely had no idea I was about to receive, I was very humbled and grateful for the privilege. I would like to thank everyone who was involved for their support and kind words. Moments like these remind me what an amazing industry this is to be part of.’

Starting his quarrying career in 1974, Mr Bush worked for Mixconcrete Aggregates as a laboratory technician, before taking on a commercial role. Following the take-over of Mixconcrete by Pioneer Aggregates UK Ltd in 1982, he became an operations manager at one of the company’s sand and gravel quarries, before spending four years at a quarry specializing in igneous rock and shale.

He later became an area manager for Pioneer Aggregates, overseeing two large limestone quarries in North Yorkshire and North Wales, as well as a development site in the North East and an ex-quarry landfill site in the Midlands.

With his extensive operational experience, Mr Bush then spent 24 years working for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as an HM Specialist Inspector. ‘For many years I was responsible for carrying out quarry inspections for a range of different sites,’ he said. ‘In the later years, I was dealing with HSE policy and liaison with the quarrying industry, sitting on a number of specialist industry committees and providing the secretariat for QNJAC. I was responsible for providing the discussion papers that led to most of the guidance in QNJAC’s legislation section.’

Alongside Mr Bush’s current role for the BAA, he is also a joint director of MinExp Ltd and MinTrain Ltd.

Honorary Fellowships are determined by the IQ Board of Trustees in recognition of distinguished service in the quarrying and mineral products industry. For more information visit:


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