Kilwaughter Minerals Quarry Manager Eddie Nethery has been appointed Chairman of the Institute of Quarrying in Northern Ireland.

A longstanding employee of the quarry and minerals processor based outside Larne, Co Antrim, Nethery takes up the role for a 24-month tenure, having previously been Vice-Chair of the organisation.

Welcoming the appointment, Gary Wilmot, CEO of Kilwaughter Minerals, commented: "We are delighted to see Eddie take on this prestigious role. He has been a key member of the Kilwaughter team for many years, and his appointment as Chairman of the Institute of Quarrying in Northern Ireland is a testament to his expertise and dedication to the industry.

“The organisation has an important role to play in driving forward professional development and the skills agenda across the industry and we’re proud to play our part.”

Nethery added: "I am honoured to take on the role of Chairman of the Institute of Quarrying in Northern Ireland. I am passionate about the quarrying industry and its potential to contribute to the economic growth of Northern Ireland.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues at the Institute to advance the industry and ensure that it remains sustainable for future generations."

Pierce Kirwan, Vice Chairman and Honorary Treasurer of the Institute of Quarrying, said: "We are thrilled to have Eddie as our new Chairman in Northern Ireland. His experience and knowledge of the industry are invaluable, and we are confident that he will help to steer the Institute in a positive direction.”

With regional branches across the UK, the Institute of Quarrying was established more than 100 years ago to support people working in the mineral products industry.