31 October 2023

IOM3 appoints new Chair of Sustainable Development Group

Dr Matthew Thomas CEng FIMMM has been appointed as the new Chair or the IOM3 Sustainable Development Group.


Dr Thomas began a Technical Apprenticeship at TATA Steel in 2008, where he embarked on a hands-on journey through various laboratories, gaining essential insights into steel-making processes and emission monitoring. Presently, Matthew holds the position of Environment Lead Governance at TATA Steel UK within the Sustainability and Environment Department, focusing on environmental management systems and long-term sustainability strategies.

Matthew’s qualifications include an Engineering Doctorate at Swansea University, UK, a BEng in Material Science at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and an HNC in Chemistry, and a BTEC in Engineering at Bridgend College, UK.

Responding to the appointment Matthew said, ‘I am determined to lead by example and to propel our Technical Community toward even greater accomplishments in the realm of sustainable development. My ambitions for this role align with the mission to actively contribute to the UK's net-zero and sustainability goals.

I intend to champion robust environmental practices, drive innovation in sustainable initiatives, and promote the reduction of our carbon footprint. It is my firm belief that the preservation of our environment for future generations hinges on the collective efforts of dedicated professionals like those within the group. Together, we can address critical issues concerning sustainable development and environmental stewardship, advancing our field's critical role in shaping a sustainable future.

In the footsteps of my esteemed predecessor, Emma, I look forward to working closely with the current and future members of the group to realise these ambitions. The challenges we face are significant, but with unwavering commitment and a shared vision, we can make substantial progress in shaping a more sustainable future. I'm excited to embark on this journey as the Chair of the IOM3 Sustainable Development Group and to build upon the exceptional work of my predecessors’.

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