Murray Alston

Murray Alston has 30 years of hands-on experience in quarry management, and a proven track record improving profitability and implementing best practice. His approach combines good communication skills with a strong focus engineering problem-solving.

As General Manager at Clearwell Quarries in Gloucestershire, he took a loss-making operation with a £1 million turnover to a turnover of £7 million and a £1 million profit, over a period of seven years.

Previous experience includes working as Operations Manager at Lafarge, South Africa, where he secured planning consent for a ‘super quarry’ on the outskirts of Johannesburg, employing the principles of Integrated Environmental Management.

As Assistant Resident Engineer for the Department of Water Affairs, Murray worked at the world’s then-largest earth dam, part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, responsible both for health and safety, and rock mining and construction machinery.

In his current role, as technical consultant to the British Aggregates Association, he launched the BAA’s Assessment of Operating Standards Scheme, which resulted in the successful implementation of health and safety systems of good practice within 30 SME quarrying companies.

Murray has been a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying since 1995.