The Institute is a body incorporated by Royal Charter and a charity registered in England & Wales (269275) and in Scotland (SC050586).

A new governance structure has been in place since November 2019, as shown below.
The modernisation of our governance structure is continuing, and you can view the proposals and documents relating to Phase 3 of the modernisation by following the link in the menu.

Executive Board

IOM3 is managed by an Executive Board, the members of which are Trustees of the Institute.  They are drawn from senior members of the Institute and are responsible for the ongoing management of strategy and performance of the Institute. The members of the Board include those who are following presidential succession, and members involved as chairs of other activity boards.

Who's who on Executive Board

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council forms part of the Institute's governance structure and exists to advise the Executive Board on major strategic decisions and strategic planning. It consists of the Officers of the Institute together with members representing the Technical Communities and the Member Networks, eight members representing Grades and seven members representing UK and overseas regions.

Who's who on Advisory Council

View Committee Terms of Reference

Governance committees

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee (Regulation 19) shall keep under review the effectiveness of the Institute's financial reporting, internal control policies and operating procedures, together with a broad remit to review all elements and levels of Institute governance and function.
Current committee members

Rachael Ambury - Chair

Lorraine Amponsah

Joanne Copping

Sarah Hinton

Graham Ormondroyd


Awards Committee

The Awards Committee oversees the operation of the Institue's Awards programme and is responsible for making recommendations to the Executive Board accordingly.

Current committee members 

Kate Thornton - IOM3 President and Chair
Colin Church - IOM3 CEO
Neil Glover - Immediate Past President
Christine Blackmore - Senior Vice President
Gemma Dixon
Richard Delahunty
James Hannigan
Paul Hardman
Stephen Kukureka
Andrew Spowage

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee (Regulation 12) shall lead the process for appointment to the Executive Board, Institute Officers and Chairs of Primary Boards and other Boards which are not already prescribed by regulations or election.

Current committee members

Kate Thornton - IOM3 President & Chair
Neil Glover - Immediate Past President
Christine Blackmore - Senior Vice President
Kate Fox Elected Advisory Council Representative 

Darron Dixon-Hardy - Elected Advisory Council Representative
Paul Withey - Elected Advisory Council Representative

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee (Regulation 20) should aim to ensure that levels of remuneration are in line with the performance and needs of the Institute and the institutional sector. 

Current committee members

Neil Glover - Immediate Past President & Chair
Kate Thornton - President
Tom Hill - IOM3 Hon Treasurer
Ian Marchant

Contact our governance committees

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Technology Communities Board

The broad remit of the TCB is to oversee the organisation of the 22 IOM3 Technical Community groups (TCs) and their leadership teams (TCLTs) so as to fulfil the technical needs of Institute members and the broader community and make recommendations as to the structures and resources required to support this activity.

Strategic Advisors

Strategic Advisors are members of IOM3 who, as volunteers, help to develop and deliver the technical strategies that underpin all IOM3 activities. There are nine Strategic Advisors, each one looking after one of the nine IOM3 technical themes, as well as two or three of the Technical Community groups.

Specialist Technical Communities

The Institute’s structure is designed to provide enhanced networks for learned society activities in addition to regionally organised affiliated society events. In effect, members can become involved in any number of these communities that deal with their own interest areas, albeit that many of the activities developed by the communities will be on a national or an international scale.

See all technical communities


Members' Board

The Members' Board is responsible for co-ordinating the Institute’s activities in the regions and other member networks. The Institute has a network of affiliated societies throughout the UK, as well as overseas groups. Events and activities co-ordinated by local groups and societies are also supported through the technical community structure. The Members' Board also looks after the interests of Women in Materials, Minerals & Mining, Student and Early Career members, other member networking groups and International Affairs.

Women in Materials, Minerals & Mining (WIM3) Group
Student & Early Career (SEC) Group
Ably Different in Materials, Minerals & Mining (ADM3)
Ethnic Minorities in Materials, Minerals & Mining (EMM3)

See all member networks 

International Affairs Committee

The IAC is responsible for communications between the Institute and its international communities. It also encourages the development of new activities and communities outside the UK.

See IOM3 overseas regions 

Local Affairs Committee

IOM3 has a network of Affiliated Local Societies across the UK. These are independent organisations which run their own programmes of events and activities, but by affiliation with IOM3 receive funding and support. The Local Affairs Committee is responsible for communications between the Institute and its Affiliated Societies.

See Local Societies 


The IOM3 Education and Outreach Trust brings together the IOM3-operated historical funds whose purpose was to support education-related activities.  

Read more here


Professional Affairs

Professional affairs within the Institute are overseen by the Professional Standards & Development Board, which deals with membership, qualifications, accreditation and education.

Membership Committee

Responsible for the evaluation of membership applications for both professional Institute grades and Chartered status.

Accreditation and Professional Formation Committee (APFC)

The APFC oversees the standards and processes for the accreditation of academic programmes, and company Initial Professional Development (IPD) schemes to meet the requirements for registration levels for which IOM3 has licences, in the UK and abroad.

Accreditation of programmes 


Income generating activities

In addition to its membership activities, IOM3 also provides public and member benefit and generates income from the provision of information on materials, minerals and mining through Institute publications, conferences, taining and information services. A major benefit for all members is free access to the Institute's Materials Information Service, which includes a telephone helpline and on-site specialist support. 

Materials Institute Services Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute, responsible for IOM3 venue hire and other non-charitable trading activities.

Commercial Activities Board

Responsible for trading strategy development and co-ordination of revenue generation activities.