WIMM committee

President 2015 - 2019 

Dr Richard White






Richard is a graduate from Manchester University with a BSc in Geology with Geochemistry after which he completed a PhD at Sheffield University on Coal Mineralogy.  He is a Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the IMMM and a Member of the Institute if Refractory Engineers.  He has been a council member of the Western Institute of Mining and Minerals since 2006 and President in 2007-2008.

Worked at Lucideon (formerly Ceram) since 1989 as manager of the microstructure unit and since 2008 has been Head of Testing, overseeing all the analytical laboratories.  Worked extensively with manufactures and users of materials and ceramics to understand production and performance issues.  He has worked across a wide spectrum of industries from minerals and mineral process to ceramics and materials using in aerospace and defence to medical device applications.  He has worked with users and manufactures to materials and acted as an expert witness on a number of cases.  Works closely with the ceramic tableware manufactures particularly in matters relating to food contact issues

Richard sits on a number of UK and international standardisation committees covering food contact of ceramicware, refractory materials and medical devices.  He is also a member of the European Commission-JRC Stakeholders Workshop on Ceramics.

Honorary Secretary 2017-2019 
Mr James Carter BSc (Hons) MSc ProfGradIMMM

James graduated from Royal Holloway (University of London) in 2010 with an MSci in GeoScience, including a year spent studying at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.  Following completion of his studies, he worked as a Coal Exploration Geologist in Queensland, Australia, for approaching 2 years.  Upon returning to the UK, James attended the University of Leeds to undertake an MSc in Engineering Geology, for which he was awarded the School of Earth and Environment Scholarship.

James has worked for Wardell Armstrong in their Stoke-on-Trent office since 2014 as an Engineering Geologist, and more recently as a Senior Engineering Geologist.  He has made use of his knowledge of the mining industry, and in particular of the geology of coal, to specialise in remediation of instability issues relating to mining legacy across the UK, as well as focussing on geotechnical constraints of new development sites.  James has been on the committee of WIMM since 2015, and took over from Julian Spears as the Honorary Secretary in 2017.

Treasurer 2015 – 2019
Mr John Weston BSc (Hons) M.Phil CEng FIMMM








John was awarded a National Coal Board Scholarship to study Mining Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University.  His practical training was as an Under Official and Under Manager in the NCB Castleford Area followed by 25 years as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Mining Engineering at Staffordshire Polytechnic (now Staffordshire University). John is now retired.  John has been a serving member of the WIMM as either the Hon.Secretary or Treasurer for 25 years and was a former President of North Staffordshire IMEMME 1978/79, Vice-president of IMEMME 1993/95 and Chairman of IMinE Membership Committee 1995/09, and President of our own WIMM 2002/2003. He has also held the position of Engineering Council Representative to the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management 1995-2003.

John was awarded the Sir Andrew Bryan Medal for services to the Institute 2007.