Peter, 62, from Whitley Bay, received the Citation award from the Institute of Quarrying (IoQ) to formally recognise his long service to the Institute and industry, and the high regard he is held in by colleagues.
The Citation Award is very much the 'members’ award' – regional branches can obtain formal recognition for a long-serving member who is held in particularly high regard because of a long period of outstanding service to the Institute.
Peter, originally from Cleckheaton, started working for the National Coal Board as it was in 1976, aged 25 and has worked in its subsequent guises to be one of our greatest surface mining assets. He has worked on sites in Durham and Northumberland, having moved to the north-east in in the 1970s. He has seen some of the largest surface mining operations come and go, including Stobswood, near Morpeth, which was once the largest surface mine in Europe.
Peter joined the Institute of Quarrying in 1984, and has been a well-respected member ever since. After a term as Branch Chairman (1990-1992) he took on the role of Branch Secretary, a position he held until 2010.
Alan Connelly, Chairman of the North of England IoQ Branch, who nominated Peter, said there was no more deserving recipient of this award: “Branch members wanted to nominate Peter in recognition of his service to the institute over 29 years.
“He has contributed so much at both Branch and Council level. Under his guidance, the Branch won the President’s trophy in 1996-1997, 2000-2001 and were joint winners in 2007-2008.
“Peter is such an unassuming person who would never blow his own trumpet so we are doing it for him.”
Peter, who received the award at a Branch event in Newcastle, said: “I was so shocked and humbled to receive the award; I thought I was just here to present an update to members on our surface mine projects.
“To receive this knowing I have been nominated by friends and peers is a great honour, and to collect it at a Branch meeting at the prestigious North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers in Newcastle really is the icing on the cake.”
Peter is based at our Potland Burn surface mine, near Ashington.
Pictured: Peter Wood, left, was presented with the Citation Award by Institute of Quarrying Branch Chairman, Alan Connelly at the event at the NEIMME's Neville Hall.