30-31 March 2021

New Horizons

Building the Recovery


Tuesday 30 March

Creating Future Leaders: Building Skills for the Future

The minerals industry sector is facing a wide range of challenges in both the short, medium, and long term. The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit plus the wider issues of sustainability and the digital revolution mean the industry is facing changes at a pace previously unseen.


The challenges also provide opportunities for the sector as it is critical in supporting the wider economy on delivering a sustainable future for society.

It is the people within the sector that will drive and deliver this change, from our senior leaders to the people working on the ground. It is critical they have the knowledge, skills and competence to help deliver that future in a healthy and sustainable way.

The Institute of Quarrying Creating Future Leaders: Building Skills for the Future

The Institute of Quarrying

The People stream of the New Horizons Conference is presented by The Institute of Quarrying. The IQ has supported the industry and its members for over 100 years in adapting to change and is continuing to support future generations.


Sessions include

  1. The challenges for health and safety in the post-pandemic era.

    The Minerals Industry has seen the impacts of Covid and the need to manage the safety and wellbeing during the grips of the pandemic. As the potential solutions to the pandemic start to roll out during 2021, the industry will be at the forefront of the economic recovery. With a predicted increase in demand over the next few years the industry will need to balance the drive for production with maintaining a safe and healthy workforce. The session will discuss some of the challenges, support available and the skills required to deliver a safe and sustainable industry.

  2. What makes a good leader – beyond technical competence.

    Leadership across all sectors has been a hot topic for many organisations, there are wide-ranging views and theories around what represents good leadership, with no absolute definition. There are some key principles that help all leaders in delivering successful outcomes. The session will explore examples of how some have approached leadership and their key learning points. It will also discuss the wider skills needed in becoming a leader.

  3. The Minerals professional of tomorrow

    The world is undergoing a fast-paced change and the Minerals Industry, and its professionals will need to develop knowledge and skills to support that transition. The drive towards sustainability, coupled with new technology and the changing needs of the workforce will require new approaches by those working in the sector. Maximising the potential of the resources produced and the people employed will be critical for the sustainable success of the sector.

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