Roy Bush recognized for outstanding contribution to quarrying and mineral products industries
ROY Bush FIQ, health and safety director for British Aggregates Association (BAA) has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the quarrying and mineral products industries.
With an impressive career spanning more than 45 years, Mr Bush (left of photo) joined the industry in 1974, when he worked for Mixconcrete Aggregates as a laboratory technician, before taking on a commercial role. Following the takeover of Mixconcrete by Pioneer Aggregates UK Ltd in 1982, he became operations manager at one of their sand and gravel quarries, before spending four years at a quarry specializing in igneous rock and shale.
Mr Bush later became an area manager, which involved overseeing two large limestone quarries, one in North Yorkshire and the other in 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, Roy then spent 24 years working for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as an HM Specialist Inspector. Mr Bush said: ‘For many years I was responsible for carrying out quarry inspections for a range of different sites. 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 the Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee (QNJAC). I was responsible for providing the discussion papers that lead to most of the guidance in QNJAC’s legislation section.’
In addition to his distinguished career, Mr Bush has served on the councils of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), and the Minerals Products Qualifications Council (MPQC). In his current role, Roy 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. He is also a joint director of MinExp Ltd and MinTrain Ltd.
Mr Bush was presented with his Honorary Fellowship by IQ President Viv Russell FIQ (right of photo), who said: ‘It was a particularly proud moment for me to present Roy with his Honorary Fellowship, for all his hard work for both IQ 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.’
Upon 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 it is to be part of.’
Honorary Fellowships are determined by the IQ Board of Trustees in recognition of distinguished service in the quarrying and mineral products industry.