The boss of a Wakefield company that designs and supplies plant used to recover non-ferrous and precious metals has been appointed to the board of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Mining Technology Division (MTD).
The division is part of IOM3, a major UK science and engineering institution, and exists to support the mining and extractive industries worldwide by providing a focus for the promotion of, and exchange of knowledge on, all aspects of mine development, mine production, mine closure, mining technology and other mining industry related matters.
In his new role, Chris will act as a key voice for professionals operating within the mining and extractive industries, exchanging ideas and information on key matters with a broad spectrum of organisations and policy advisors and creators in the UK and further afield.
Mr Oldroyd already sits on the board of the IOM3 Sustainable Development Group (SDG), which serves as a global centre of expertise on sustainability and the environment. The role sees him act as the representative for the Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy division, ensuring governments and senior decision makers within industry remain informed with the most up-to-date, forward-thinking intelligence possible when it comes to sustainability matters.
Commenting on his latest appointment, Chris said: “The Mining Technology division of the IOM3 is internationally known and respected and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to help shape the future of this enormously important and influential group.
“In particular, I’m looking forward to contributing towards the division’s efforts to provide educational literature on the mining and extractive metallurgy processes and contributing in general to the promotion of the need to introduce process innovations to meet future industrial and environmental challenges.”
Commenting on Mr Oldroyd’s appointment, Vice President of IOM3 and Chair of the Mining Technology Division, Christine Blackmore CEnv CSci FIMMM, said: “I am delighted to welcome Chris on to the MTD Board. Chris`s expertise in the field of extractive metallurgy is extensive and we are looking forward to working with him on our initiatives and the challenges facing the mining and metallurgical industry.”
Last year, Mr Oldroyd was made a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in recognition of his significant contribution in a senior management role to the metals and process equipment industry.
His company, Inprotec, is focused on developing innovative processes and technologies to keep rare and precious metals, often found in e-waste, within the circular economy. It works with clients all over the world to achieve this, and recently completed a seven-figure project to support the creation of the world’s first ‘clean plant’ antimony and gold processing facility in Sohar, Oman.