Phil Huddleston Phil is a Chartered Minerals Surveyor. He currently runs his own consultancy. Prior to this he was employed at the Coal Authority in Mansfield where he was Head of Mining Information. Originally, however Phil hailed from Lancashire and it was there that he started work in mining, training to be a Surveyor. Today, Phil retains an active interest at the sharp end of mining through his appointments as Group Surveyor and Minerals Manager for Greaves Welsh Slate Company in North Wales. Phil became President in 2006 and before this he was Vice President of the Association for six years.
Pat joined the Association having graduated from Cambridge University in 1981. He was originally appointed as the Associationís National Research Officer, which meant he specialised in pay and energy economics research. In 1987 he became a field official responsible for the Midlands coalfields. In 1997 he gave both oral and written evidence to the Trade & Industry Select Committee in advance of the introduction of the stricter consents policy for gas powered stations by the Government. He sits as a workers representative on the Consultative Committee for European Coal and Steel Community. His particular professional interests are wide but include pension policy and all the main aspects of employment law.
John Hind is a Chartered Minerals Surveyor and is the Company Surveyor and Minerals Manager at UK Coal Mining Limited, a post that he has held since 2007. Prior to this John was Unit surveyor at Welbeck Colliery for 13 years. John has worked at a number of mines since starting his career with British Coal in 1981. Since his appointment, the coal industry has been privatised and John has worked through an era of massive change in the industry over that period. John also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Surveying for Resource Development and a Masters Degree in Business (MBA). He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, which incorporates the Institute of Mining Engineers and is a Chartered Environmentalist. He has been a Conference Delegate since 2000 and a member on the National Executive Committee of the Association and Chair of the Midlands Region since 2004. John has represented the Association at a number of forums and negotiating panels. He was elected to the post of National Vice President by the NEC at the National Conference in Coventry, 2006.
Dennis has been the Associationís National Treasurer since 1996, prior to which he was the Chairman of the North West Branch of the Association. Originally employed by British Coal in Yorkshire working in information technology, he transferred in the early 1990s to the main British Coal computer site at Cannock in Staffordshire and continued to work there after that business was privatised and taken over by Origin (now Atos-Origin). Dennis a pension scheme trustee of one of the two main pension schemes that apply to staff employed by British Coal and its successor companies. His experience in the field of pensions has been developed since then and he represents the Association in many pension forums. Dennisís experience in this field was recognised when the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority placed him on a list of lay trustees that they refer schemes to when it is felt that there are particular problems with any individual scheme.