Marine Aggregates Business Leadership Programme

With rights to almost all the sand and gravel resources lying off the UK’s coast, we are excited to sponsor this programme that helps our business partners to develop the skilled leaders needed for the industry’s sustainable future. 

Marine aggregate ship

Designed with the support of the Mineral Products Association and the British Marine Aggregate Producers Association, the Marine Aggregates Business Leadership Programme launched in 2015.

This business-focused course, supported by Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive of the Mineral Products Association, offers a high intensity immersion in the sector. Leading experts from industry, government and consultants deliver a series of one-day modular learning events, which provide future business leaders with a full introduction to the wider policy, operating and financial environment, as well as addressing key risks and opportunities.

"For the future success of the marine aggregates industry, it is vital that we equip our company leaders with the right skills and knowledge. I am delighted to support the Marine Aggregates Business Leadership Programme and thank The Crown Estate for its strong help in getting this important initiative off the ground. Together, we will continue to support development in the future." 

For the future success of the marine aggregates industry, it is vital that we equip our company leaders with the right skills and knowledge.”

Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive of the Mineral Products Association

Areas covered include:

  • Market: Industry context, supply chain, bigger picture, usage of aggregates and technical specifications.
  • Resources: Marine and mineral policies and planning, assessment, permitting and management.
  • Operations: Regulatory context, archaeology, wharves, ships, crewing, fuelling and processing.
  • Business performance: Sustainability and environmental performance, optimisation and efficiencies, and future developments.
  • Simulations and business development scenarios: Delegates working in groups to develop scenarios and present their business cases to an expert panel.

Britain has one of the world’s most developed marine aggregates industries, extracting 15 to 20 million tonnes from the seabed annually. Much of this is used for construction, such as building houses and transport infrastructure, as well as for replenishing beaches and improving coastal and flood defences. There is the potential for demand to increase significantly over the next decade. It is therefore vital that the industry ensures that its future leaders are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for success and to maintain a sustainable industry.

The Crown Estate not only awards and manages commercial agreements for companies to extract marine aggregates, we use marine aggregates on developments in St James’s and Regent Street.