Structure & governance

Changes to the Institute's Governance structure were approved in August 2019 and will be implemented in November 2019.

Nominations are currently being invited to the new Advisory Council (deadline 7 October) - full details.

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The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining is governed by a broadly based Council whose members represent the full scope of interests of the Institute’s membership. Councillors are the Trustees of the Institute and are elected to represent members by discipline, region and grade.
Council members and the interests they represent

Managing Board

The responsibility for the ongoing management of strategy and performance of the Institute lies with the Managing Board, whose membership is drawn from senior members of the Institute. The members of the Board include those who are following presidential succession, and members involved as chairs of other activity boards, as well as the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director.

Audit Committee 

The Audit Committee reports directly to the Council, and comprises a chairman and three other members of Council or membership who are not associated with the Managing Board or management of the Institute. The committee keeps under review the effectiveness of the Institute’s financial reporting, internal control policies and operating procedures, and has a broad remit to review all elements and levels of Institute governance and function.  

Chair: Peter Haslehurst 

Technical communities

The Institute’s divisional structure is designed to provide enhanced networks for learned society activities in addition to regionally organised affiliated society events. In effect, members can become involved in any number of these communities that deal with their own interest areas, albeit that many of the activities developed by the communities will be on a national or an international scale.

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Regional activities

Local Affairs Board

A Local Affairs Board is responsible for co-ordinating the Institute’s activities in the regions. The Institute has a network of affiliated societies throughout the UK, as well as overseas groups. Events and activities co-ordinated by local groups and societies are also supported through the divisional structure.

Local Affairs Board Chair: Dr P Bischler
Head of Governance: Mrs Anita Horton

See local society pages

International Affairs Board

The IAB is responsible for communications between the Institute and its international communities. It also encourages the development of new activities and communities outside the UK.

International Affairs Board Chair: TBC
Head of International & Younger Member Activity: Ms Efi Fragkou

See IOM3 overseas regions

Professional Affairs

Professional affairs within the Institute are overseen by the Professional Policy Board, which deals with membership, qualifications, accreditation and education. Contact details for the Board and its committees are as follows:

Professional Policy Board

Chair: Dr Chris Corti
Head of Governance: Mrs Anita Horton

Membership Committee

Responsible for the evaluation of membership applications for both professional Institute grades and chartered status.

Chair: Dr Chris Corti
Head of Membership: Irene Rudnicki

Education Committee

Responsible for advice and strategy for development of Institute activities in education, particularly at secondary school level. The education committee provides input for the Schools Affiliate Scheme, teacher events and other aspects of science / design and technology national curriculum teaching.

Secretary: Dr Diane Aston

Women in Materials Group 

The IOM3 Women in Materials Group was formed in 2012 to raise the profile of female members within IOM3, to support networking, mentoring, and work in schools to educate girls about the benefits of a career in science and engineering. 

Chair: Margaret Wegrzyn

Staff representative: Dr Nuna Staniaszek

Accreditation and Professional Development Committee

Involved in the evaluation and audit of full- and part-time university and college courses, both in the UK and overseas, to provide accredited status. Such accreditation enables those members who successfully complete these courses to progress towards professional status.

Chair: Mr R.G. Siddall CEng FIMMM

Vice Chair Professor Seamus Higson CEng CSci FIMMM
Secretary: Mrs Emily Drury Alcock

See list of accredited programmes

Income generating activities

The income generating activities of the Institute are managed by the Institute's wholly owned subsidiary, IOM Communications Ltd. One of the most important areas of activity is the provision of information on materials, minerals and mining through Institute publications, conferences and library services. A major benefit for all members is free access to the Institute's Materials Information Service, which includes a telephone helpline and on-site specialist support. The Information Services group is also responsible for developing the Institute’s Industrial Affiliate Scheme (IAS), and for managing IMMAGE, the international mining and minerals abstracts database.

Materials Institute Services Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute, responsible for IOM3 venue hire activities and for the Signature Materials anti-theft metal marking activity.

PIABC Ltd is a specialist awarding body with a suite of regulated and nationally recognised qualifications in the materials cycle, operating independently from IOM3.

Communications and Business Development Board

Responsible for strategy development and co-ordination of revenue generation activities within the framework of a special charitable trading company, IOM Communications Ltd.
Chair: Mr Jan Lewis CEng CEnv CGeol FIMMM

The chairs of the above Boards and Committees can be contacted in writing care of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 297 Euston Road, London NW1 3AD