Vision, mission, values and aims

The vision of the A3CM is to enable the safe uptake concretes manufactured using AACMs, where appropriate to produce a more durable and sustainable built environment.

The mission of A3CM is to bring the key stakeholders in the AACM community together to provide a one stop shop for key stakeholders, to remove the barriers to the adoption of AACMs.

The values of A3CM are:

  • Promoting the principles of sustainable development
  • Realising Net Zero
  • Reducing carbon and other industrial emissions
  • Encouraging sustainable use of their products by end users
  • Improving resource efficiency and contributing to the ‘circular economy’

The aims of the industry body are to:

  1. Raise awareness of the emergent AACM industry that can provide the materials to construction
  2. Remove the barriers to adoption of AACMs by bringing together the AACM industry and key stakeholders from the following groups: Supply chain members, AACM producers, Concrete manufacturers, Engineering and design consultancies, Academia and Research and technology organisations (RTOs), Clients and Other relevant trade bodies
  3. Educate stakeholders on AACMs by perform a communications, publicity and lobbying role for AACMs, by create a ‘one stop shop’ for key stakeholders, providing access to published research, technical data, case studies, guidance and best practice documents, thereby raising the profile of our industry and members’ businesses, helping grow the market and reducing regulatory risk.
  4. Support the alignment of academia and industry research activity to ensure that the gaps in our knowledge regarding AACMs are filled and communicate the roadmap for this activity and provide a platform for the dissemination of the results and technical data.
  5. Promote best practice amongst the AACM producers, such as production of environmental product declarations for their products and following responsible sourcing principals.
  6. Give the AACM manufacturing industry a voice on the Standards committees and support the amendment of existing and creation of new Standards.

The body is open and accessible with the manufacturers of AACMs being able to join as members and other key stakeholders being able to join in different associate groups. It will support the use of concrete and accept that AACMs are not a ‘one size fits all’ solution to displace PC concrete but can be used in appropriate applications to help reduce the environmental impact of construction.

A3CM and its founding members are actively engaged with the British Standards Institution (BSI), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the Green Construction Board Low Carbon Concrete Group and the Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials, which aims to develop systems and technologies for more efficient use and recovery of mineral resources.

Benefits of joining

  • Free membership

  • Networking opportunities within a like-minded community

  • Access to the latest technology and manufacturing capabilities, alongside academic resources

  • Promotion of your brand via our online platform

How we work

The operational structure of A3CM is set out below:

Who we are

Andrew Frost

Andrew is a director and current Chairman of A3CM. Having spent his early career in the services, Andrew studied Environmental Science at Lancaster, graduating with a 1st class Honours degree. Andrew has been involved in sustainability in the built environment for the last 20 years, during which time he has developed the UK concrete sector sustainability strategy whilst at the Concrete Centre, written BES 6001:2008 Responsible Sourcing, whilst at BRE, represented the UK on British, European and International Standards bodies and was instrumental in the creation of PAS 8820:2016 for alkali activated cementitious materials, whilst at High Speed 2 (HS2). Today, Andrew is the Group Technology Manager at DB Group Holding Limited, who manufacture Cemfree. Andrew is passionate about ensuring the whole life impacts of the built environment are reduced and remain climate change resilient.

Graeme Jones

Graeme is a director at A3CM and Managing Director of C-Probe Group Limited. He has over 30 years of experience in the construction sector following his academic studies at University of Portsmouth (BSc Hons in Applied Chemistry) and UMIST Corrosion Centre (MSc in Corrosion Science and Engineering). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Corrosion (UK), Level 4 BS EN ISO 15257 cathodic protection design specialist and published over 20 papers in his field.

Graeme leads the C-Probe team and its development of LoCem® – a family of AACM products used for the resilient restoration and new construction of structures. He was on the PAS8820 steering committee contributing to the drafting and eventual publication by BSI. Graeme is also past Director at the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI in the USA) and past Chair of E510 Corrosion committee responsible for the publication of industry guidelines for the corrosion protection of structures. C-Probe is active with AACM projects in the UK and USA.

Rebecca Rickwood

Rebecca Rickwood is the Chief Executive of Gement and one of the founding Directors of A3CM. Rebecca first started her career in the fields of SaaS and software development before turning her attention to innovation in the construction industry. Rebecca started her work in AACM’s whilst studying at Queen Mary University of London, where her chemical research focused on the structural composition of OPC at atomic level. Later, with material generously donated by John Reddy at Ecocem, Rebecca started on the journey to manufacturing a geopolymer cement.

Rebecca, a member of the I-Construct network, has been invited to speak at events in a multitude of countries including Russia, China, and multiple states across the US. Rebecca has also won numerous awards from Santander, Colorintech and CreatorFund.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys water and winter sports and volunteers to help teach Chemistry to under represented children.

Patron – Professor Peter Hewlett

Professor Peter C Hewlett is an internationally known figure specialising in materials science and in particular concrete. He has over 50 years experience in the construction and building materials sectors.

Previously, the Director of the British Board of Agrement and prior to that Director of Cementation Research Limited. He has over 200 publications, various patents and 3 books including Leas’s ‘The Chemistry of Cement and Concrete’. He is a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist and Fellow of the Chemical Society and has an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his work on concrete durability.

A previous President of the UK concrete society and Institute of Concrete Technology. He holds the UK gold medal of the Concrete Society.

Other positions held include past President of the European Organisation for Technical Approvals and the European Union of Agrement. He was also previous Chairman of the UK Research and Development Society and the Cement Admixtures Association.

He has been visiting industrial professor at the University of Dundee since 1986.

For the last 10 years he has been concerned with low carbon footprinting concretes and in particular AACMs.

He was awarded the Officers Cross of Merit by the Polish Government for technical cooperation and scientific excellence.

He is passionate about fundamental research leading to understanding and resulting in beneficial practical outcomes.