Peter Latham OBE, Chairman of James Latham Plc, has won the prestigious 2015 TB Marsden Professional Award and medal - a prize for personal achievement - from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Council.
The award was presented at a special Awards Dinner in London recently and is given in recognition of Peter’s forty one years of service to the timber industry, acknowledging his contribution which includes:
A past President and Treasurer of the Institute of Wood Science (now Wood Technology Society - part of IOM3) and also a member since 1973.
A current director of the International Board of the Programme for the Enforcement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC)
A director and past chairman of PEFC UK.
He has helped to develop and implement the UK Government's timber procurement policy - Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET), and has led several Government funded delegations to Africa, China and Asia, to better understand the issues surrounding illegally logged timber, and the environmental and economic damage.
· He has had a long association with training and education as chairman of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) training and education committee and sits on the TRADA management board.
He was an external examiner on the Bucks Chiltern University wood forest products technology degree course and on the faculty advisory board.
He is a current member (and past Chairman) of the Timber Trades Federation Environment Committee, and a trustee and member of the Council of the Commonwealth Forestry Association.
In 2012 he was awarded an OBE for services to the wood industry.
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a membership organisation that exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy.
IOM3 provides a range of activities and initiatives, including information and library services, conferences and workshops, as well as publications, and promotes the materials discipline to younger generations through various educational resources.