Julie & Bruce Taylor pose with Gavin Hartley

Fulton Hogan’s Bruce Taylor was presented with an Honorary Fellowship from the Institute of Quarrying and a Life Membership from the Aggregate & Quarrying Association.

Bruce started driving a coal truck, excavator and digger on the West Coast for Gibbons Holdings in 1962. He quickly progressed to running mobile and stationary plant, eventually becoming the General Manager of Transit Mix Concrete in Nelson in 1991, until their sale to Fulton Hogan in 1998. A fact that our recipient is very proud of: “starting at the bottom (or the coalface) and working your way up. Bruce fully believes in developing and helping young people reach their potential. Staff at Fulton Hogan fully appreciate the guidance and knowledge that he gives them on a daily basis. They also appreciate his insight and experience and sensible approach that he brings to business.

A mentor to many, Bruce believes “that the quarrying industry has a lot going for young people if they get stuck in, put their heads down and be prepared to listen & learn”. He is keen on getting the community to understand the importance of aggregate resources and why quarries are vital to the country as a whole.

An active member of the IOQ for 45 years, and an AQA board member, and former president for 14 years.

Bruce recently clocked up 50 years with his employers – we recorded this earlier in the year – (see article)

All delegates stood to mark the occasion at the end of the Transdiesel/Volvo Awards Dinner – a fitting tribute to someone who has batted for our industry – not only through the separate IOQ and AQA organisations but also via the ExITO and Minex Councils. Well done Bruce.

(Wally Yelavich was the only other member to receive the two most prestigious awards at the same conference – ten years ago in 2002.)