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Light Metals Division contacts

Listed on this page are the Light Metals Division's board members. You can send an email to Dr Mike Clinch, Ian Warrington and Helen Forrest.

Dr Mike Clinch


Innoval Technology

Prof Geoff Scamans

(Vice Chairman)

Innoval Technology

Ian Warrington

(Divisional Co-ordinator)


Helen Forrest




Innoval Technology

Board Members (click on the links to find out more about our board members)

Dr Mike Clinch

Innoval Technology, LMD Chairman

Prof. Geoff Scamans

Innoval Technology, LMD Vice Chairman

Helen Forrest

Innoval Technology

Dr Marina Galano

University of Oxford

Dr Martin Jackson

University of Sheffield

Prof. Mark Jolly

Cranfield University

Simon Hogg 

Loughborough University 

Dr Matthew Lunt


Dr Andrzej Rosochowski

University of Strathclyde

Matt Thomas


Dr Tim Wilks

Magnesium Elektron

Prof. Xiaorong Zhou

University of Manchester

Ian Warrington

IOM3 - Secretary Divisional Coordinator

Professor Joe Robson

University of Manchester

Geoff Hartle

VSMPO Tirus and TIG representative

Paul Lyon

Luxfer MEL Technologies

Jack Strong

Grainger & Worrall

Michael Kenyon

Innoval Technology

John Morlidge


Sarah Baker


Laura Finney


Richard Hunt

Impression Technologies Ltd


Corresponding Members  

Dr Gary Critchlow

Loughborough University


Dr Hongbiao Dong

University of Leicester 


Professor Zhongyun Fan

BCAST, Brunel University

Martin Jarrett


Sergio Gonzalez Sanchez

Northumbria University

Richard Freeman

TWI and TIG representative

Masoumeh Faraji 

Coventry University

Cheryll Pitt

Ministry of Defence

Ian Mellor

Metalysis Ltd

Iain Berment-Parr


Dr Mike Clinch is Head of Materials Development at Innoval Technology, based in Banbury. Mike spent the early part of his career at the UK R&D Centre of Alcan. In 1996, he was awarded an Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, which enabled him to complete a PhD at the University of Nottingham after transferring to Luxfer Group. Mike worked in various technical roles within Luxfer Europe before taking up the position of VP of Technology & Innovation at Luxfer USA in 2009, based in Riverside California. Returning to the UK at the beginning of 2013, Mike’s role was then to drive growth and profitability by commercialising new products and technologies. Mike joined Innoval Technology in 2018. As Materials Development Group Leader he is responsible for the company’s InnovateUK collaborative R&D projects as well as development work with existing clients. He also takes an active role in creating new business for the company.

Mike was admitted as a Fellow of IOM3 in 2007, in recognition of his work to promote the development and application of lightweight materials in both academia and industry. He is currently Chair of the Institute’s Light Metals Division, and has previously been Chair of the Younger Members Committee and President of the East Midlands Materials Society. Mike continues to serve on various national and international technical committees.

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Professor Geoff Scamans is the Chief Scientific Officer at Innoval Technology and is a Professor of Metallurgy at Brunel University. His expertise is in light metals and their applications in the automotive and aerospace industries, and in knowledge transfer from the research base to industry. Over the last 40 years he has initiated and managed a number of R&D programmes on both materials development and technological innovation, making scientific and technological contributions to the light metals sector, described in over 150 publications. His main interests are in the closed loop recycling of aluminium alloys as an alternative to primary production, in understanding the development and properties of deformed surface layers and their control through efficient cleaning and pretreatment processes.

Professor Fan is currently a Professor of Metallurgy and the Founder and current Director of BCAST (Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology) at Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK. He is the principal investigator/director of the EPSRC Centre – LiME (total funding £11.5M), a national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering, and also is the principal investigator of the EPSRC funded national programme TARF-LCV (total funding £4.5M). He obtained his first degree in Metallurgy from University of Science and Technology Beijing and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Surrey University. He started his academic career in 1997 at Brunel University, and prior to this he was a research fellow at Oxford University and Surrey University. He has published over 300 scientific papers with an H-Index of 30. Professor Fan is the principal inventor of twin-screw and rotor-stator based high shear processes, and holds 3 international patents and 6 UK patents. He is a co-chairman of the Casting and Solidification Society of IOM3, a Fellow of IOM3 (FIMMM), a Fellow of ICME (FICME), and a member of the scientific committee of 6 international conferences on solidification and solidification processing. Professor Fan’s current research interest covers solidification processing of metallic materials, heterogeneous nucleation and alloy development.

Helen Forrest is a Manufacturing Engineer and Communications Manager at Innoval Technology. Her areas of expertise include Lean Manufacturing tools and techniques, knowledge management, and marketing & communications. Helen has a degree in Chemistry and a background in plant manufacturing.  Prior to joining Innoval Technology she worked as a Process Improvement Engineer specialising in the tools and techniques of Lean Manufacturing, which she now employs in her work with Innoval’s clients. She has also developed and delivered Innoval's unique approach to manufacturing knowledge management: K-Maps and P-Maps. Helen is responsible for the promotion of the company and its services, and she holds a CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing.

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Dr Masoumeh Faraji graduated with a PhD in engineering materials from the University of Sheffield in 2007. She later joined Institute for Microstructural and Mechanical Process Engineering (IMMPETUS) at the University of Sheffield working on the role of inhomogeneities in thermomechanical processing and mechanical properties. From January to May 2013 Masoumeh worked at the Midlands Simulation Group based at The University of Wolverhampton as a research and innovation fellow. Her role was to further the level of research and commercialisation of a new high speed joining process for the aerospace industry and titanium alloys. With her current role at Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) at Sheffield Hallam, Masoumeh works on various research projects and consultancy services within the Structural Materials and Integrity Research Centre. Her current focus is on joining technologies and related materials characterisation.

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Professor Mark Jolly is currently Professor of Sustainable Manufacturing and Head of the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre within the Manufacturing Department at Cranfield. He has a mixture of both Industrial (13½ years) and Academic (20 years) working experience. He is PI on an EPSRC funded project “Small is Beautiful” which is investigating Design for Energy Resilient Manufacturing. He is also PI on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project with a Pb sheet casting company. Professor Jolly is also a Co-Director of the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing. He has been PI on 9 EPSRC projects CI on 2 and run one EU funded project as well as 4 previous KTPs. He obtained his first degree in Metallurgy (BMet) from the University of Sheffield and his PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge. He has published over 300 papers, reports article, technical notes and book chapters. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Fellow of the IOM3 (FIMMM) and Fellow of the ICME (FICME). He sits on the LMD, Casting and Solidification Society and MSTD Boards and is vice-chair of the Sustainable Development Group. He is also Vice-Chair of the TMS Solidification Committee. Professor Jolly’s main areas of current research are resource efficient manufacturing, process modelling and novel casting processes. Resource efficient manufacturing targets traditional processes and aims at reducing the materials usage and energy with the ultimate aim of lowering carbon and water footprints of final components.

Dr Matthew Lunt is a Principal Scientist in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory of UK MOD providing expert and impartial advice to MOD on metallic and ceramic materials. Matt has 20 years’ experience of research, development and project support on materials in tri-service environments; with particular responsibility for light alloys (aluminium, titanium and magnesium) and propulsion materials (metals and ceramics). Matt works with a wide range of customers in Dstl, MOD and HMG. The role also requires Matt to collaborate closely with UK academia and industry, and internationally through MOD’s International Research Collaboration programme. Matt has a visiting research fellowship at the University of Birmingham working on superalloy aeroengine disc alloys and he advises on a number of academic and conference committees.

Dr Andrzej Rosochowski holds the positions of Reader & HR Coordinator and Leader of Advanced Light Metals Technology Research Group at the University of Strathclyde. His research interests are as follows: fundamental and applied research focusing on many aspects of metal-conversion processes such as cold, warm and hot metal forming, theoretical modelling of metal forming processes, design of tools and metal forming machines, constitutive modelling of materials, finite element analysis and experimental techniques. Recent research into so-called severe plastic deformation has led to invention of a new process, which can be used to convert normal metals into ultrafine grained (UFG) metals in the form of long bars, plates and sheets. The main difference between UFG metals and traditional metals is their higher strength, which enables reducing weight of products and structures. UFG metals have also improved processing properties such as low temperature diffusion bonding and superplastic forming of aluminium, titanium and magnesium alloys. The possible applications of UFG metals range from the aerospace and automotive applications to medical implants and micro-manufacturing.

Dr Matt Thomas is the UK Research and Development Manager for TIMET, based at their Witton plant in Birmingham. Matthew studied Materials Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University before investigating advanced Titanium aerospace alloys with Dr Brad Wynne at Sheffield University to obtain his PhD. Throughout his education Matt spent extended periods of time in industry working for Sheffield Forgemasters International ltd. and collaborating with Firth Rixson. Since joining TIMET in 2007, Matthew’s responsibilities have included; the characterisation and development of Titanium alloys, products, manufacturing routines and process routes,  as well as the initiation, development and management of technical links with academic and commercial institutions. Matthew is a chartered engineer and a member of the IOM3.

Dr Cheryll Pitt holds a PhD in Physical Metallurgy and has been working in the Royal Navy’s Naval Aircraft Materials Laboratory (NAML as it was) for over 15 years. NAML is now 1710 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) and Cheryll is the Metallic Materials Lead, heading a team of six scientists and one experimental worker. 1710 NAS was born in 1945 to address the particular problems relating to engineering materials that were afflicting embarked aircraft. The group also works on Land vehicle failures, weapons and ships’ materials’ problems. Cheryll is responsible for the investigative work in the field of engineering materials and the recommendations forthcoming from these investigations. The recommendations enable the aircraft Engineering Authorities (EAs) to maintain/regain an aircraft fleet’s airworthiness after a critical aircraft component failure. Her team also assists the civilian and military air accident investigators. Cheryll is a Lead Investigator in 1710 NAS and, as such, has deployed to wreckage sites, leading detailed investigations there and within the laboratory.

Professor Xiaorong Zhou is currently a Professor of Corrosion Science and Engineering at The University of Manchester. His research focuses on corrosion control of light alloys and novel surface engineering for functionality and corrosion protection through detailed understanding of the relationship between microstructure and performance using innovative 2D and 3D electron microscopy approaches. He has published over 200 papers, and received the Jim Kape Memorial Medal of the Institute of Metal Finishing in 2001. Xiaorong is a CoPI on the EPSRC LATEST2 - Light Alloys Towards Enviromentally Sustainable Transport 2 Programme Grant and The Future LiME Hub. He has also led a number of other significant research initiatives funded by EPSRC, TSB and has major industrial collaborations with Novelis, Sapa, Constellium, Rio Tinto Alcan, Tata, Airbus, BIAM and Ford.

Professor Joe Robson (MIMMM CEng) is currently a Professor of Physical Metallurgy at the University of Manchester. Joe graduated in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1993, and obtained his PhD from the same institution in 1996. Since then he has worked at Cambridge, Swansea, and Manchester universities. Joe is a member of the Light Alloy Processing group with research interests that are focussed on microstructural evolution and control in industrial alloys, with an emphasis on modelling. He has published over 120 papers on these topics and has major industrial collaborations with Magnesium Elektron, Novelis, and Otto Fuchs. He was a founder and coPI on the EPSRC Light Alloys for Sustainable Transport (LATEST) portfolio and LATEST-2 platform grants, where he leads the magnesium alloy research activity. He received the IOM3 Grünfeld medal and prize for his work on light alloy development in 2011 and the Hume-Rothery prize for his work on phase transformations in light metals in 2015.