Bernie Rickinson


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
297 Euston Road
London NW1 3AD
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 7451 7365


Graduating in metallurgy, with subsequent research activity in the UK and USA, Dr Bernie Rickinson CEng FIMMM has managed the development of novel processes and alloy development for businesses in aerospace, power generation, automotive and general engineering applications. In the mid 80’s and 90’s he became a world leader for the application of Hot Isostatic Processing and directed the activities of Bodycote PLC in this area, becoming a main board director of Bodycote PLC in 1996. Currently operating as the Chief Executive of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) he has actively supported the growth of the Institute to encompass the complete material cycle and in this strategy has involved the Institute in five separate organisational mergers in the last decade.

Dr Rickinson actively supported the development of Foresight in the Materials community and with the Institute was fully engaged in the transfer of Faraday partnerships into the Materials KTN. During the period 2005 to 2014 the Institute provided core services and technical leadership to grow an effective knowledge exchange network in Materials and Manufacturing in the UK. To broaden interdisciplinary activity, Dr Rickinson developed the Materials and Design Exchange, a unique network involving materials specialists and the UK product design community. This concept has provided significant strategic development for OEM’s, SME’s and UK Government and its aims are currently being paralleled by the European Commission.

Dr Rickinson has established strong links to Government departments, particularly BIS and the Home Office. Innovative concepts to reduce glassing injuries and metal theft have been recently developed by the Institute to assist British Transport Police and other large agencies and businesses.