Name - Tim Cowling

Role - Regulatory Affairs Manager

Team - Sustainability

Based - Head office (hybrid)


Bradford City fan…recent and very amateur ‘triathlete’ now training to do a marathon in 2023! I’ve had the great experience of travelling to 50 countries around the world. I have ambitions to one day be totally self-sufficient for food, water and energy (still in early stages of these plans - currently just trying to grow vegetables better!).

No two days are the same in my role and the wider team! A key part of my role is to review new policies developed by the Government and work with colleagues and suppliers to ensure that we are prepared for their introduction. It’s also important to liaise with trade bodies and UK devolved Governments to help them understand a broad range of issues that have an impact on our business. Engagement with these groups is vital to develop solutions to challenges ranging from the transition to net zero manufacturing to understanding how we can make our product packaging more sustainable. Occasionally, opportunities arise to win funding to develop and demonstrate new technologies – this is one way I can play a part in driving forward more sustainable ways of manufacturing construction products.

I’ve now spent 16 years working for Tarmac, joining as a graduate trainee in 2006. I previously studied a degree in Mining Engineering and wanted to get involved ‘hands-on’ in the extractives industry. Since then, I’ve been in a range of roles, including operational quarry and asphalt plant management with responsibility for P&L, production, maintenance, blasting, community engagement, health and safety and people management. I was part of the team that achieved ISO 50001 energy management system certification for the business and also supported operational improvement and training around the UK, most recently I’ve been working as regulatory affairs manager.

Through my variety of roles, I’ve been able to visit dozens of our operations around the UK and Europe. There are thousands of fantastic personalities around our business, so every challenge is approached with enthusiasm and sometimes even a sense of humour!

Achieving ISO 50001 was a real highlight, the culmination of months of development work and audits with teams large and small around our operations and offices. I’ve undertaken training and professional qualifications funded by Tarmac in blasting, asphalt technology, line management, health and safety and energy management, as well as numerous internal training courses.

Tarmac is a large company that needs a wide variety of skills and expertise to achieve our ambitions. Modern flexible working practices allow many colleagues to work from home and the office throughout the week. In many roles, the company will invest in the training and qualifications you need to succeed. Roles vary from more ‘office’ based jobs – in IT, finance or payroll, to more ‘outdoors’ roles in minerals surveying, restoration or operations management for example. If you want to operate or maintain large earthmoving machines, HGVs or crushing equipment, there are opportunities all around the country at urban or rural sites. If you want to be creative there are roles in marketing, communications and learning and development – to name only a few.