6 April 2021

IOM3 appoints Vice-President

The Trustees are delighted to announce the election of Dr Michael Clinch FIMMM as the Institute’s new Vice-President. Mike will take up this role from 6 April 2021.


Dr Clinch has been an active member of IOM3 for more than 20 years. He is Senior Consultant and Materials Development Group Leader at Innoval Technology Ltd, a UK-based consultancy business providing technical support and strategic services to the global aluminium industry and its extended supply chain.

Mike previously worked at Alcan and Luxfer Group where he held a number of leadership team positions in technology and innovation, strategic product development at businesses across the UK and USA. He has a BEng in Materials Technology and completed a PhD in Thermomechanical Processing of Aluminium Alloys at the University of Nottingham, UK, after being awarded an Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. 

Mike is currently an IOM3 Trustee and Executive Board member, and is Chair of the Technology Communities Board (TCB). He has previously held various other Institute roles including Chair of the Younger Members’ Committee (now Student & Early Career Committee), President of the East Midlands Materials Society and Chair of the Light Metals Division. In addition to his role at Innoval and IOM3 activities, Mike also holds advisory board positions at a number of universities in the UK and USA.

Aims and visions for IOM3

Speaking about taking on the role, Mike said, ‘It is a great honour to be elected as Vice-President of IOM3. I genuinely believe that there has never been a more important, or exciting time to be in the materials, minerals and mining community. Public awareness of the impact of materials and manufacturing industries on the environment is at an all-time high. We all have a role to play in promoting more sustainable use of the planet’s resources, especially our materials or energy sources. 

My own professional experience spans multiple materials and industry sectors but has a strong sustainability theme running through it. Additionally, throughout my career, I have sought to embrace collaboration as a means of accelerating technology and innovation. I will seek to use this experience, together with my working knowledge of different parts of the IOM3 governance structure, to support the institute’s strategic aims in membership, professional development, content and influence. 

I look forward to working with the IOM3 President, IOM3 team and broader membership in the months and years ahead.’