The Assessment Panel

The British Aggregates Association Assessment of Operating Standards Scheme is managed by the Assessment Panel. Members of the panel are:

Steve Cole is the Chairman of the Panel. Steve has spent the last 45 years in the quarrying and recycling industry and recently retired from the Raymond Brown Group and now runs his own consultancy business Emerald Development & Consulting.

Richard BirdRichard Bird has been a member of the Panel since it’s inception back in 2007. As the Executive Officer of the British Aggregates Association he brings many years of coal face quarrying experience to the Panel. Richard sits on the Board of Directors of the Mineral Products Qualification Council.


Chris Wainwright has been a member of the Panel for for the past six years. Chris holds a MSc in Engineering from the University of Birmingham as well as obtaining his NEBOSH qualification with distinction. Chris is the Operations Director of Longcliffe Quarries Limited and brings a wealth of talent and experience to the Panel with over 30 years operational management experience covering quarries, asphalt, precast concrete & logistics.

Lee Onslow is the Health and Safety Manager for E & JW Glendinning Ltd. He holds a MSc in Behaviour Change as well as a BSc (Hons) in Health and Safety Management and has been a valuable member of the panel for a number of years.

Andrew Harker is our most recent appointment to the Panel. Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist with 41 years experience in opencast coal , hard rock and sand and gravel in both  operations and planning. In addition to many quarry management appointments he has been an Area Operations Manager and a Regional Engineer. Andrew works for Cloburn Quarry Company.

Richard Bird