The UK’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) has elected Christine Blackmore as its new Vice-President. A member of IOM3 for more than 25 years, Blackmore has been Chair of Mining Technology Board (MTD) since 2016, was the first female President of the Western Institute of Mining and Minerals (WIMM) for five years and Honorary Secretary for six years.
Blackmore is an Associate Director at Wardell Armstrong International (WAI), working as a Geo- Environmentalist and Environmental Auditor with twenty years’ experience in the international mining and metallurgical industry. Her expertise is focused in environmental due diligence, management and auditing to international best practices such as the ICMI Cyanide Code.
Speaking about taking on the role, Blackmore stated, “A big advantage IOM3 has over most other institutions is that it can and does represent the entirety of the materials cycle. However, we can all do more to demonstrate practical connectivity and co-operation between our different technical communities. Aristotle said ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ and this applies to IOM3!”
“While all are, and quite rightly should be, individual and proud of our particular disciplines and expertise, all technical communities should understand the needs and aspirations of the others, and where common ground exists promote it across the disciplines for the benefit of all. I want to help facilitate that connectivity and the mission IOM3 has to be outward looking and a global player.”
“There is a global need for the professionalism and interdisciplinarity that IOM3 represents and I believe I can help promote representation at appropriate international events, boost membership and raise our profile. I believe greater awareness in schools and the general public of raw materials, their origin and use will also be essential to enable informed decision making on a sustainable future.” Blackmore added.