1 November 2023

IOM3 appoints new Chair of Commercial Activities Board

Ian Marchant CEng FIMMM will join the IOM3 Executive Board as Trustee and Chair the Commercial Activities Board from 1 December 2023.


Ian first joined the Institute through the Plastics and Rubber Institute (PRI) after graduating from Bath University with a degree in applied physics. He was a committee member with his local PRI Western Section in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Ian became a CEng in 1995 and a FIMMM in 2020.

Ian’s most recent role was Chief Operating Officer for API Group, a manufacturer and distributor of foils, laminates and holographic materials for brand enhancement of FMCG and consumer packaging.

Ian is a Fellow of the Institute, a Chartered Engineer and has a Degree in Applied Physics and an Executive MBA, both from The University of Bath, UK. Ian is currently Vice-Chair of the Trustee Board of The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health, a member of the Technical Committee which advises the Trustee Board of the The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a Non-Executive Director at The Rakem Group and he also advises a number of start-up businesses with an investment and growth focus.

Ian commented on the appointment saying, ‘I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be appointed to become a Trustee of IOM3 and Chair the Commercial Activities Board. How materials shape our world is at the heart of so many of today’s major global challenges be it sustainability, recyclability, critical minerals, the effects of decarbonisation and energy transition and so much more. I look forward to becoming part of the outstanding IOM3 team as the Institute extends its reach and influence and builds on its more than 150 year history and heritage’.