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Miles Watkins

Miles Watkins

UK, 2005

Miles has 24 years’ of business experience in both very large and start-up enterprises. He spent 17 years working in heavy building materials with Aggregate Industries, part of the LafargeHolcim group. Beginning as a graduate management trainee, Miles progressed to the Executive Committee where he led a wide range of corporate services such as sustainability, marketing & communications, R&D and health & safety. Through his leadership, Aggregate Industries was a well-regarded trail-blazer in many fields including waste management, carbon management, biodiversity, community engagement and safety performance. 

During his time with Aggregate Industries, Miles developed and oversaw several corporate-wide projects involving multi-site roll-out of management processes, new product development, capital projects (such as renewable energy asset deployment) and behavioural change.

Following this Miles took a role as Group Business Development Director at BRE (formerly the Building Research Establishment). As a Research and Technical Organisation, BRE tested, verified and certified the performance of a wide range of construction products as well as undertaking primary research into the performance of the built environment. Miles was responsible for developing and implementing a commercial programme which placed the customer at the heart of the business. The programme involved both hard processes such as embedding the Customer Relationship Management system and significant behaviouralchange through a ‘hearts and minds’ approach and key account management. BRE managed to deliver 5 years of sales growth over this period. Miles was also responsible for international sales in China and the USA.

Since his time at BRE, Miles has focused on working with start-up businesses in the novel building materials space. Currently he is working with AGR Group developing its affordable housing business. After a period of product development, leading to a patent application for a unique walling system, Miles led business development generating leads during the COVID-19 lockdown period growing the pipeline for 2021 and beyond.

Working with a friend from university, Miles is also developing a start-up business looking to establish a circular economy service for polyester fabrics. 

Miles is a chartered environmentalist and has a PhD in stakeholder management. He has chaired non-profit organisations such as Care for the Wild International and the Institute of Quarrying – at the latter he was also President in its centenary year. He has published papers and book chapters in a range of subjects from fisheries ecology to corporate responsibility and edited two editions of the Environmental Management Handbook for the quarrying industry.

As a father of two near-teenage boys, Miles enjoys outdoor pursuits as a means of earning beer credits and a reasonable method of ensuring he continues to fit in his jeans!