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New Operations Manager - Kevin Sargant



We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Sargant as our Quarries Operations Manager who takes on the responsibility for all our units within Leiths, Joss and Ross.


Kevin started his working life on a farm down in his native land of Somerset, however, soon became more interested in working on machinery. He left the agricultural sector in 1987 and started his career in the quarry industry for ECC (English China Clays) as a mobile plant fitter. After 7 years Kevin was promoted to Foreman running a large workshop at a sand and gravel operation in the Cotswold’s.


After 2 years in the workshop, Kevin stepped up to the position of Assistant Manager which he held for 4 years before being promoted to Quarry Manager at another sand and gravel site in Cambridgeshire.  After just 9 months Kevin then returned to Somerset to take up the position of Quarry Manager at Moons Hill Quarry with John Wainwright & Co Ltd. Here Kevin was responsible for the extraction and processing of some 1.2million tonnes per year of basalt rock. Kevin was also responsible for a busy asphalt plant and, at its peak, four separate mobile crushing teams.  During his 16 years at Wainwrights, Kevin oversaw two complete new plant projects, the first being the installation of an asphalt plant and the second a Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary crushing plant operation.


Kevin was also the Chairman of the West of England Branch of the Institute of Quarrying and he has recently become a Fellow of the IOQ. He also holds numerous Industry recognised qualifications which he has achieved throughout his career.


Kevin’s “hobbies” include hiking and hill walking and he has climbed Ben Nevis on a number of occasions. Kevin has also completed the Three Peaks Challenge in less than 24 hours – something he has vowed not to repeat!


Before joining Leiths, Kevin had a small holding with numerous animals which enabled him and his family to achieve some self-sufficiency by producing their own meats and eggs. They have managed to keep their two highland cows and hope to eventually bring them to Scotland.


Kevin has a wife, young daughter and two sons from a previous marriage.