About the Women in Materials group

The IOM3 Women in Materials Group (WIM) was established in 2012 to provide a focus for women members within the Institute and help support them in their careers. WIM has organised several successful events around the UK which have attracted women members at all stages of their career and provided valuable networking opportunities for women.


The WIM Steering Group currently has the following members:

Jessica Middlemiss, Chair - Dyson
Jess graduated in 2007 with an MEng in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College. Directly from university she joined Rolls-Royce as a graduate trainee affiliated to the Materials department based in Derby, which led to a 2.5 year role as a Repair Technologist, developing robust repair techniques for a variety of mainly civil-aerospace components and materials including fan blades, blisks and composite components. In 2011 Jess left Rolls-Royce to join Dyson as a Materials Engineer, building Dyson’s UK-based materials function into a small team, before moving into a more general Engineering Management position in 2016.

Jess was formerly a member of the IOM3 Younger Members committee, and joined the WIM committee in 2013, taking on the role of Chair in 2015.

Away from work, Jess has a young family and enjoys horse riding, foraging and making home-made charcuterie.


Serena Best - Dept of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge


Dawn Bonfield - Women's Engineering Society


Alicia Chrysostomou

Dr Alicia ChrysostomouAlicia was educated in Ireland and at London Metropolitan University (Londonmet) where she obtained MSc and PhD degrees in the field of Polymer Technology and Engineering, specialising in the fracture mechanics of plastics. She subsequently went on to become a senior lecturer within the School of Polymer Technology at Londonmet but has also held a lecturing post at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and has been employed as a consultant with the British Plastics Federation.

Alicia has been closely involved with IOM3 for many years and has sat on a number of diverse committees, indeed she has also been employed by the Institute. She has been involved in the organisation of conferences and seminars, both for Londonmet and IOM3, and has organised a great many outreach programmes and study days both at Londonmet and in New Zealand.


Susan Mossman - Science Museum


Margaret Wegrzyn - Morgan Advanced Materials

Margaret finished a degree in Materials Science and Engineering, and a PhD in piezoelectric ceramics, both at The University of Manchester.  Having successfully completed these, she went to work at Morgan Advanced Materials at their Ruabon site in 2013 developing a new dielectric material for power applications.  After 16 months, she was transferred to work on technology analysis of additive manufacturing (3D printing) in ceramics.  After transferred this into a full technical project at Morgan, she moved into a commercial role in 2015 as New Business Development Manager of Ceramic Injection Moulding, where she remains working now.  She also serves on The Ceramics Society Committee.

Outside of work, she trains and dances all over Europe with two Polish Dancing groups, enjoys travelling around the world and attends various sports events throughout the year.


Sarah Boad - Membership Development Manager, IOM3


Nuna Staniaszek - Director of Communications, IOM3

Dr Nuna StaniaszekNuna has a degree in Materials from Cambridge and a PhD from Imperial College, where she worked on the fracture of bearing steels. Nuna started work at the Institute of Metals in the 1980s, editing Materials Abstracts journals published by the Materials Information Service. She then spent 13 years as Technical Editor, Editor and Managing Editor of Metals and Materials /Materials World, and in 2000 moved over to Communications which currently embraces the IOM3 website, PR/media relations and internal communications, branding, design and IT. Nuna has a son who is qualified in Robotics and two daughters, one of whom is currently studying Natural Sciences/Materials. 

In her spare time, Nuna helps to run a Polish vocal group which raises money for charities in Poland and enjoys concerts and choral singing, gardening and DIY. 

Amy Gandy -  The University of Sheffield

Amy graduated with an MPhys in Physics with Space Technology from the University of Salford, and in 2009 was awarded a joint PhD from the University of Salford and the University of Poitiers, France, in Physics and Materials Science. She undertook post-doctoral research positions at the University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield before becoming a Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Sheffield in 2015, where she is based in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. Amy’s research focuses on understanding how radiation affects the structure and properties of materials, in order to develop new materials for future nuclear applications.

Amy co-organised the 2015 IOM3 Women in Materials Seminar which was held at the University of Sheffield. Outside of work Amy sings in Heartbeat Chorus, which is a multi award winning a cappella chorus, and in 2016 represented the UK at the international finals at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

To contact WIM please email Sarah.Boad@iom3.org