Who we are

The UK Quality Ash Association (UKQAA) represents the producers and users of coal-fired power station ash and biomass ash products.

Launched in 1997, we’re a membership body that represents everyone involved in the production and use of coal ash in the UK and abroad. We offer technical guidance and support and work with a range of organisations to promote and encourage the use of this unique material throughout the construction and engineering sectors.

More recently, the UKQAA has also extended its membership to include organisations producing and using biomass ash and biomass ash-based products.

Anyone who has an interest in coal and biomass ash and products derived from these materials – from producers to specifiers, hauliers, suppliers, contractors and academic institutions – is welcome to join the UKQAA.

What we do

We promote the use of coal ash and biomass ash in the UK. Through technical support and advice and by offering exhibitions, seminars and training courses we aim to increase the understanding and use of both forms of ash and their products.

On this website, you’ll find information relating to our activities, including case studies, datasheets and technical specifications, but if there’s something you’re interesting in finding out more about, please contact us.

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Meet the team

Director – Dr. Nigel Cooke

Dr. Nigel Cooke joined the UKQAA in June 2017 as Director, succeeding Dr. Robert Carroll who had been with the organisation almost 5 years. Nigel has more than 30 years’ experience in the building materials sector, including time spent at Blue Circle Industries and Lafarge.

Nigel has responsibility for representing the UKQAA and its membership to industry, actively promoting the use of coal ash and biomass ash from UK power stations.

Office Manager & PA to Nigel Cooke  –  Sharon Simpson

Our committees

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the main steering group of the UKQAA and overviews development and strategy. It ensures that the constitution of the association is adhered to and agrees the budgets.

The current Chair of the Executive Committee is Chris Bennett from CRH TarmacMr La


Technical Committee

The Technical Committee reviews the work of external standards committees, evaluates technological developments, formulates and monitors research projects and assesses changes to environmental regulations.

The current Chair of the Technical committee is Richard Boult from Cemex