Who We Are

Philip Brain Associates Ltd have provided vocational competence consultancy & assessment to a number of major UK quarrying companies. Our involvement has also included writing and amending the National Occupational Standards for Quarrying Health, Safety & Environmental Management qualifications at the request of the Institute of Quarrying which later went on to become VQs at levels 4, 6 & 7. In 2002 Philip Brain Associates became an MPQC (formerly EMP & EPIC) approved centre to deliver qualifications within the sector. In 2019 Philip Brain Associates launched EMPI Awards an independent Awarding Organisation for the Extractive & Mineral Processing Industries.
Philip Brain
Founder and Director

Philip Brain is a Chartered Environmentalist, Incorporated Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining, and a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying.

Having initially qualified as an industrial chemist, Philip has worked for a number of quarrying & building materials producers at various levels of managerial responsibility within the UK and overseas as Chief Technical Officer of the Nigerian Mining Corporation.


Philip was Production Director of two building materials companies in North Wales & the Midlands and in 1994 formed Philip Brain Associates. Philip is a qualified assessor, internal verifier and external verifier.

Gavin Brain
Operations Director

Gavin Brain has a degree in Business Studies is an Associate Member of the Society for Education & Training and is a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying, currently serving in the IQ Council. Gavin started assessing vocational qualifications in 1998 and specialises in the development of assessors and verifiers working in practical contexts within heavy industry. Gavin is also a qualified Internal Verifier and External Verifier, having worked with a number of Awarding Organizations.


Our team of assessors have a wealth of experience both in assessment but also operations within the industry both in the UK & abroad. The team gives us the ability to offer MPQC Awarding Organisation vocational qualifications all over England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.