Joint Chief Executive Officer Announced for MPQC and IQ


James Thorne, current IQ CEO, has assumed a new joint role as chief executive officer for the Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) and The Institute of Quarrying (IQ), further reinforcing the long-standing collaboration between the two membership organisations. 

The new joint CEO role is a natural extension of the strong bond between the two organisations, having worked collaboratively on behalf of the mineral products sector now for some time.

James Thorne, CEO, IQ, says: “This is a wonderful opportunity and I am grateful for the trust the MPQC board has placed in me in creating the joint CEO role. The benefit to the industry will be a unified voice on matters relating to skills, standards and professional development for a competent workforce.”

Clare Mayo, Chair MPQC Board, said: “The MPQC Board would like to thank Viv for his leadership and management of MPQC over the last 18 months. Under his stewardship, Viv has sought to bring a focus on the value of collaboration and co-ordination, involving key industry stakeholders, positively enhancing our Minerals Matter, MP Awards, MP Skills and MP Connect strategies.”

Ben Williams, Chair IQ Board, continues: “Both IQ and MPQC have proud histories of developing industry-relevant education and professional development pathways aimed at raising standards and fulfilling the extractive sector’s need for a safe, competent, and sustainable workforce. With so many crossover areas of interest, and the ongoing progress of our plans at the National Stone Centre, having James in a joint CEO role will enable us to continue to deliver value to our respective members and the sector as a whole.”

MPQC and IQ signed a memorandum of understanding in 2022 to work together to increase the value of membership services within the mineral products sector and further develop partnerships with other sectors, industries, and government bodies. This closer collaboration underlines the vision for the National Stone Centre (NSC) in creating an international centre of excellence for the mineral products industry.

Continuity for MPQC staff, clients and members will be assured as Viv Russell becomes part of the MPQC board to provide guidance and support James Thorne in his role as joint CEO. Members of both MPQC and IQ will benefit through the collective resources of both organisations in establishing the NSC as the focal point for skills, knowledge and training for the sector. Through Minerals Matter it will also become a focal point for raising awareness of the impact and importance of the sector to visitors.

Minerals Matter is the wider cross-industry collaboration looking at the knowledge, skills and competence that the sector will need to address the sustainability and technological challenges that the mineral products industry faces.

Established in 1983, the Mineral Products Qualifications Council is a ‘not for profit’ membership organisation whose purpose is to fulfil the extractive sector’s need for a safe, competent and sustainable workforce through the setting and maintaining of standards and qualifications, ensuring quality training and assessment. 

The Institute of Quarrying is the professional membership body for quarrying, and the related mineral products extractive and processing industries, with a worldwide membership of more than 5,500 individuals. Visit

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