1 Name

The name of the Society shall be: The Midlands Packaging Society

The Midlands Packaging Society, hereafter referred to as MPkgS, is an Affiliated Local Society of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining with registered charity number 269275


2 Aims

The aims of the MPkgS shall be to:

  1. Promote the science, technology and benefits of packaging materials and components including the supply chain processes in which packaging is used and disposed of in the circular economy.
  2. Arrange webinars, conferences, meetings, factory visits and other events for professional development and networking.
  3. Encourage careers in packaging.


3 Powers

In order to achieve its aims, the MPkgS may:

  1. Raise money
  2. Open bank accounts
  3. Take out insurance
  4. Organise courses and events
  5. Work with other local societies and exchange information
  6. Do anything that is lawful which will help it to fulfil its aims


4 Membership

  1. Membership of the MPkgS is open to those current IOM3 members who have opted for the MPkgS to be their nominated local society.
  2. Membership shall be available to anyone (without regard to gender, race, nationality, disability, sexual preference, religion or belief).
  3. Every individual member shall have one vote at the General Meetings when present or by proxy.
  4. All members are encouraged to declare their affiliation to the Society through IOM3.


5 Management

  • The MPkgS shall be administered by a Management Committee of the Officers and not more than ten other members elected at the MPkgS`s Annual General Meeting (AGM). Ideally members will be elected to serve a 4 year term with two members standing down each year for re-election.  A member can seek re-election at the end of their term of office.  If MPkgS numbers prohibit this, then elected members can remain in office until they choose to stand for an officer position or retire. Any member can apply to become a member of the Management Committee or to seek election to an officer position but should do so in advance of the AGM in writing to the Secretary.  Such an application should be supported by a proposer and a seconder.  The application will then be considered by the Management Committee and voted upon by all members at an AGM or SGM.
  • The Officers of the Management Committee shall be: the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Immediate Past Chairperson, the Secretary, the Treasurer and Communications Officer.
  • The Management Committee shall meet at least five times a year, not including the Annual General Meeting. The meetings may be face to face or any virtual communication method.
  • The Chairperson shall Chair all meetings of the MPkgS. In the absence of the Chairperson, then the Vice Chairperson shall Chair the meeting or in the absence of the Vice Chairperson a nominated person from those present shall Chair the meeting of the MPkgS.
  • The officers shall assume duty at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting of the MPkgS. The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson shall be eligible to serve again for a second term of four years, and the Secretary and Treasurer should be eligible to serve for up to a maximum of five years of continuous service in that office. The Secretary and Treasurer may stand again for five years but only if there are no other acceptable nominations.
  • The quorum for Management Committee meetings shall be four Members of the MPkgS, one of which shall be an officer.
  • Voting at Management Committee meetings shall be by show of hands or by verbal agreement. If there is a tied vote, then the Chairperson shall have a second or casting vote.
  • If advanced notice is given of any matters to be discussed at the meeting, be it a special item or an item contained in the minutes or the agenda of the meeting, where a vote is likely to be required, providing that the said meeting is quorate, then any Officer or committee member who is not able to attend can nominate a proxy to vote in his/her absence. The nominee can be the Chairperson or any other full member of the committee who has voting rights and they will be mandated to vote in the direction indicated by the member nominating them.
  • If following a complaint or perceived failure in the duties of a member the Management Committee may by a two-thirds majority vote and for a good and proper reason, remove any Committee member, provided that person has the right to be heard before a final decision is made. This appeal panel should comprise of the Vice Chairperson, Secretary and one other nominated member. If an appeal is made, then a panel made up of 3 members who have not been involved in the previous decision shall make the final decision. This panel shall comprise the Chairperson, Treasurer and one other nominated member. Should arbitration be required an outside body could be considered in reaching a final decision.
  • The Management Committee may appoint another member of the MPkgS as a Committee member to fill a vacancy provided the maximum number is not exceeded.
  • The Management Committee may co-opt non- IOM3 members to assist the MPkgS in its aims and objectives. Co-opted members will not have a vote and will not count in forming a quorum.