UKQAA appoints new chair

The UK Quality Ash Association (UKQAA) has appointed Tarmac’s Allan Everett as the association’s new chair, taking over from Power Minerals’ Ivan Skidmore after four years in the role.


The UKQAA is the country’s leading authority on the use of quality ash in construction and engineering applications and represents a range of members from across the construction supply chain.


Allan Everett, also Tarmac’s Ash Business Manager, replaces Ivan Skidmore this spring after four years’ in the role. Allan brings significant experience of the UK and global materials sector to the Association and has an extensive knowledge of the UKQAA membership as well as the challenges the ash industry faces in the coming years. As chair, Allan will help steer the Association and work with its membership, to promote and secure the use of quality ash in construction and engineering applications.


Allan Everett, said: “The UKQAA has a vital role to play in the construction sector in the coming years – particularly as the industry steps up to deliver big projects such as HS2 and major road schemes. These projects place huge demands on the concrete industry where quality ash is often a critical material, but we’re aware of the availability issues coal fired power station closures pose to us.


“As a result, our focus is on assessing other sources of ash and working with the UKQAA membership and our global partners to identify what this might mean. There’s no hiding the challenges we face, but the opportunities ash held in long-term storage and increased importation hold are just as significant. I’m confident we can be successful, and I look forward to driving the UKQAA forwards in the coming years.”


Allan will be joined by Richard Boult who has also been announced as the UKQAA’s new Technical Committee Chair. Richard is Commercial Technical Manager at CEMEX UK Cement, he will work with UKQAA’s Technical Committee members to develop and assess technical projects exploring new sources and uses for quality ash.


Richard Boult, said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of the UKQAA Technical Committee Chairman; the opportunity for us to manage technical projects for the Association at what’s likely to be an exciting time is hugely appealing. We’re aware that the ash industry is going through a period of transition, but this brings plenty of opportunities to assess new ideas.


“We’re already working with organisations on a number of important research projects to tackle these issues, including a major project with Dundee University’s Concrete Technology Unit to explore how we can make use of ash in long-term storage. The results here are enormously exciting for the sector, so I’m looking forward to working with the UKQAA to turn research projects into commercial opportunities.”