Eastern Australia Branch

Brief history

IOM3(EAB) is in the process of being established as an Incorporated Association under the Laws of New South Wales (Australia).

Branch Members will be drawn from a wide range of disciplines, including geology, engineering geology, geotechnical engineering, civil engineering, mining engineering, materials engineering, tunnelling and materials science.

Mission statement

The objectives and purpose of the Branch are to advance the objects of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, which are to advance the science and practice of operations within the materials, minerals and mining industry.

The Branch will seek to organise a wide variety of events with the aim of providing its members with high-quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities. These will initially comprise of technical presentations, site visits to ongoing projects and seminars.

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Arthur Brandwood

Arthur holds a PhD in biological sciences and is an accredited materials engineer with deep technical expertise in biomaterials and biocompatibility.  As a researcher he has participated in the successful development and licensing of novel implantable materials. He is a former President of the Australian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and is Chair of the Australian Standards Committee on biological and clinical evaluation of medical devices, leading Australia’s technical participation in ISO standardization for biocompatibility for over 25 years.
Arthur has held academic positions in London and Sydney.  He is currently visiting Professor at the University of Sydney where he teaches regulatory affairs in the Engineering and Medicine Faculties.


Julian Brown

Julian is a chartered engineer and project metallurgist with over 30 years’ experience. His current position is Principal Process Engineer in the Technology and Expert Solutions consulting division of the Worley company. His mineral process and metallurgical experience span base metals, precious metals, rare earths, uranium and coal in project, equipment technology development and operational environments. On-site project and operations management include long term assignments at Minerven Gold (Venezuela), Pueblo Viejo Gold (Dominican Republic), Wiluna Gold (WA), Tati Nickel (Botswana), Olympic Dam (SA), Newcrest Lihir (PNG), Barbrook Gold (South Africa). 
He has been a chartered engineer (UK Engineering Council) for 20 years through his professional membership of IMMM and has also been a member of AusIMM since 1987. 

Alberto Dias

Alberto is an Engineering Geologist with over 20 years’ experience. He is currently acting Team Leader and Operations Manager for AECOM in Sydney. He was previously based in Hong Kong during which time he was the Honorary Secretary (2 years), President (3 years), Honorary Treasurer (6 years) and Committee Member (2 years) for the Hong Kong Branch of the IOM3.
In recognition of his contributions to the development of the Hong Kong Branch, he was honoured to receive the Institute’s International Medal in 2016.

Jonathan McCray

Jonathan is a Materials Engineer with eight years’ experience in building and remedial applications.  He leads condition assessment, repair specification, and construction superintendency projects.  He has particular interests in atmospheric corrosion, above ground waterproofing and teaching.




Lee Styger

Lee is currently the Academic Director for External Engagement at the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong. His responsibilities include bridging the gap between industry and academia to facilitate active collaboration. He is also responsible for delivering transformational educational programs to Executive Clients.
Lee has a distinguished career in commercial innovation and new product development and also economic regeneration in Europe and Asia. He was instrumental in the strategic embedding of advanced technology into EU businesses and the birth of 4.0 and IoT in EU and Asia. He later operated in new product and business supply chain development internationally, bringing western and eastern technology businesses together.
He is currently a Director of 3 Australian businesses and holds a PhD and MSc in engineering and computer science.


Martin Wiltshire

Martin commenced a metallurgical cadetship with Hadfields Steelworks in 1971 and completed a degree in Metallurgy from the University of NSW in 1976. In 1978 he became the manager of Metallurgical Services and originally joined the Institute of Metals as a student member, becoming a professional member in 1981.
Martin joined Mannesmann Demag in 1979 and concluded service in 1999 as General Manager Metallurgy, with a responsibility for sales, projects and Engineering in the Australasian Region. 
In 2000 Martin dabbled with private and not-for-profit endeavours following which he accepted a general management role for Mikropul Australia and then as Senior project and Contract Manager for CITIC HIC.
As well as an industrial career, Martin joined the Army Reserve as an Officer Cadet and was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, where he had a battalion command and staff appointments at a senior level.