The Institute is a body incorporated by Royal Charter and is a registered Charity No 269275. It is governed in accordance with its Charter and Bye-Laws.

A new governance structure has been in place since November 2019:

Executive Board

IOM3 is managed by an Executive Board, most members of which are Trustees of the Institute.  The Trustees are drawn from senior members of the Institute and are responsible for the ongoing management of strategy and performance of the Institute. The members of the Board include those who are following presidential succession, and members involved as chairs of other activity boards.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council forms part of the Institute's new governance structure which was approved by Privy Council in August 2019 and was implemented on 5 November 2019. The Advisory Council exists to advise the Executive Board on major strategic decisions and strategic planning and consists of the Officers of the Institute together with 21 members representing the Technical Communities, eight members representing Grades and seven members representing UK and overseas regions.


Governance committees


Something committee

AN Other - Chair

P Body - Secretary

J Smith - Extraordinary representative

Another committee

A Name - Chair

B Name - Secretary

Audit Committee 
Awards Committee
Nominations Committee
Remuneration Committee


Technical Communities


Technology Communities Board
Specialist technical communities

The Institute’s 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.

See all technical communities →


Networking communities


Members' Board

The Members' Board is responsible for co-ordinating the Institute’s activities in the regions and other member networks. 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 technical community structure. The Members' Board also looks after the interests of Women in Materials, Minerals & Mining, Student and Early Career members and International Affairs.

Women in Materials, Minerals & Mining (WIM3)
Student & Early Career Committee (SECC) Group

See all member networks →

International Affairs Committee

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

See IOM3 overseas regions →

Local Affairs Committee

See Local Societies →


Membership activities


Professional Affairs

Professional affairs within the Institute are overseen by the Professional Standards & Development Board, which deals with membership, qualifications, accreditation and education.

Membership Committee

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

Accreditation and Professional Formation Committee (APFC)

The APFC oversees the standards and processes for the accreditation of academic programmes, and company Initial Professional Development (IPD) schemes to meet the requirements for registration levels for which IOM3 has licences, in the UK and abroad.

See list of accredited programmes →

Commercial activities


Income generating activities

In addition to its membership activities, IOM3 also provides public and member benefit and generates income from the provision of information on materials, minerals and mining through Institute publications, conferences, taining and information 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. 

Materials Institute Services Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute, responsible for IOM3 venue hire and other non-charitable trading activities.

Commercial Activities Board

Responsible for trading strategy development and co-ordination of revenue generation activities.