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About the Institute

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy. The Institute was formed from the merger of the Institute of Materials and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy in June 2002, and is the professional body for the international materials, minerals and mining community. The Institute provides a range of activities and initiatives, including information and library services, conferences and workshops, as well as publications, and promotes the materials discipline to younger generations through various educational resources.

Organisational structure diagram
Click above for an annotated diagram showing the relationships between the Institute’s Council, Boards and Committees, and links between professional activities, technical interest groups and income-generating activities.


The activities of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining are overseen 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. Click here for full details of 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.
Chairman 2006: Jeff Smith

Technical divisions

The Institute’s divisional structure is designed to provide enhanced networks for learned society activities in addition to local branch events. In effect, members can become involved in any number of those divisions that deal with their own interest areas, albeit that many of the activities developed by the divisions will be on a national or an international scale. Click here for details of the Institute’s technical divisions.

Regional activities

A Local Affairs Board is responsible for the Institute’s activities in the regions. The Institute has a network of affiliated societies throughout the UK, as well as overseas branches. Events and activities co-ordinated by local branches and societies are also supported through the divisional structure.
Regional Co-ordinator: Sarah Boad
Local Affairs Board Chairman: Mr R Watmore

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

Professional Policy Board
Chairman: Peter Huxtable
Secretary: Dr Graham Woodrow

Membership Committee
Responsible for the evaluation of membership applications for both professional Institute grades and chartered status. Chairman: Dr Chris Corti
Secretary: Adele Wilbraham

Incorporated Engineers and Technicians Committee
A working group whose remit is to promote the membership of the Institute to Incorporated Engineer and Technician grades. Events, awards and professional development are provided through this group.
Chairman: Mr R S A Brown
Secretary: Peter Davies

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.
Chairman: Dr James Marrow
Secretary: Peter Davies

Accreditation and Professional Development Committee
Involved in the evaluation and audit of full- and part-time university led 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.
Chairman: Dr M Wise
Secretary: Ken Strafford

Legislation Committee
Consults on draft legislation from Government in the areas of health and safety, environment and planning.
Chairman: P Huxtable

Income generating activities

The income generating activities of the Institute are grouped together under a broad 'communications' banner and are operated through 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).

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.
Chairman: Dr E B Farmer

The chairmen of the above Boards and Committees can be contacted in writing care of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB, UK.