31 January 2022

IOM3 President and members sit on Government critical minerals expert committee

Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, opens latest meeting of the Critical Minerals Expert Committee, including members from IOM3.

The Critical Minerals Expert Committee aims to leverage the UK’s extensive research expertise for the development of a Critical Minerals Strategy. It provides high quality, independent advice to the government on certain minerals and metals. The committee will also advise on actions the government can take to secure sustainable sources of these critical materials to help maintain national security and meet net zero ambitions.

IOM3 members on the committee include:

  • Neil Glover FREng CEng FIMMM, IOM3 President, Head of Materials Research at Rolls-Royce
  • Dr James Goddin CEng CEnv FIMMM, IOM3 Strategic Advisor and Founder of Hoskins
  • Ian Higgins MIMMM, Managing Director of Less Common Metals
  • Jeremy Wrathall FIMMM, Founder & CEO, Cornish Lithium

IOM3 President, Neil Glover, said, ‘The availability of critical materials will be essential to realising the transition to a low carbon future. The sustainable and responsible sourcing of metals including cobalt, lithium and rare earth elements underpins battery technology, electric propulsion, green energy generation and much more. Securing long term stable supply chains and resource efficiency is a subject of direct relevance across the breadth of IOM3 membership. I am pleased to be able to support the development of UK Critical Minerals strategy through membership of this Expert Committee.’

Dr James Goddin CEng CEnv FIMMM, IOM3 Strategic Advisor, adds, ‘Critical and conflict minerals, restricted substances and climate change are all sources of business risk that the circular economy seeks to mitigate. I’ve been working at the nexus of these subjects for more than a decade now and it’s a rich field for materials scientists like myself as well as mining engineers and other skills sectors that IOM3 represents.

It’s great to have been selected as part of the Government’s Critical Minerals Expert Group and to be working with such a fantastic team on the UK’s Critical Minerals Strategy. Critical materials underpin many of today’s advanced technologies and are essential to the delivery of our low carbon future. It’s vital that the UK secures sustainable and ethical supplies and manages these resources responsibility by ensuring products are designed to last and can be reused and recycled within the UK to support the skilled jobs we need.’

The Critical Minerals Strategy will be published later this year. To read full news story, click below.