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MPA Scotland appoints new director

MPA Scotland

IQ Fellow Alan Doak to lead mineral products sector engagement and representation across Scotland

MPA Scotland has appointed Alan Doak as director to lead the mineral product sector’s engagement and representation across Scotland.

MPA Scotland is an affiliate of the wider Mineral Products Association and represents 13 independent SME quarrying companies, as well as five major and global companies. Collectively, these businesses employ more than 3,000 people across Scotland.

Mr Doak has worked in the planning, estates, and development functions of the minerals sector for more than 30 years and is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying.

Chairman of MPA Scotland, Ian Waddell, said: ‘I am delighted that we have been able to appoint Alan to this important role. He brings a wealth of experience that will enable him to support our member companies and represent the interests of the mineral products industry in Scotland.

‘Our sector provides essential mineral resources and products that underpin Scottish government policies around economic recovery alongside the transition to net-zero emissions.’

MPA chief executive Nigel Jackson added: ‘Alan joins the MPA team at an exciting time, with COP26 rolling into Glasgow later in the year and a growing focus on the need to transition towards net zero while at the same time supporting sustainable economic growth.

‘The mineral products industry in Scotland will play an important role supporting the delivery of both ambitions. Alan’s appointment will raise the profile of the industry in Scotland and strengthen the bond between MPA Scotland and MPA as both step up representational activity as the economy grows.’

Responding, Mr Doak commented: ‘I have been part of this exciting industry for most of my professional career and am looking forward to contributing to the important work that MPA Scotland does.

‘The mineral products industry plays a vital role supporting the wider economy in Scotland, and it is important that our sector is both understood and supported so this significant contribution can be maintained.’

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