Name - Kevin Mawby
Role - Unit Manager
Team - Operational
Based - Langford Quarry
I have a wife, two kids, a dog and a ten-year-old granddaughter who is my life – she has many hobbies including horse riding and I enjoy spoiling her rotten!
I left school at the age of 17 with low grades and then started working as a carpet fitter until I was 20. I left the role as I wanted to embark on a career and got a job with Tarmac at Holme Pierrepoint quarry as my dad was the manager. I worked there for about two years and was unfortunately made redundant as they closed the quarry down. I then got a job with an earth moving team driving all sorts of mobile plant for ten years – in this role I travelled a lot and wanted a role closer to home and I applied and managed to return to Tarmac where I have been to the present day.
My job involves managing a team of eight people running a very large sand and gravel unit at Langford in Newark, which is in Nottinghamshire at the side of the River Trent. I’m responsible for the health and safety of the site, and as part of a wider team liaise with our Tarmac team of geologists, estates/planning for the continuous movement of land and finally the restoration of the site. Here at Langford we also have a full team of RSPB, who we work with to plan our restoration around making this site a habitat for wild birds. So far, the site has increased the rare birds from around 80 different species to over 200! We have also attracted deer, otters, badgers, and by the time we have finished will be one of England’s largest man-made wetland areas.
I started out at Tarmac 21 years ago from the bottom learning to process sand, maintain the plant and drive mobile plant. The business put me through the training courses to achieve this and after about five years, sponsored and supported me through the University of Derby where I gained a diploma in Quarry Management.
I was not the cleverest at school and might have struggled to achieve this, but Tarmac paid for a maths teacher to support me through this, which I have now achieved and become the manager for one of largest sand and gravel quarries in the Midlands.
There are so many different roles at Tarmac to choose from once you are here, not just road surfacing or quarrying which is what most people just associate us with. You can specialise in a variety of careers like HR, health and safety, finance, restoration, geology, and so many more. Full training is given from the start of your career to the end, where you are fully supported and trained – we now even have our in-house operated training centre called the Safety Park, to complete a lot of training in house with recognised qualifications.