Gareth Hatch

Gareth Hatch

Strategic Materials Advisors Ltd.
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Gareth is Managing Director of UK-based Strategic Materials Advisory and was a co-founder of USA-based Technology Metals Research, consulting and advisory firms operating in the critical-materials sector. He was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canada-based Innovation Metals Corp. (IMC) and co-inventor of IMC’s proprietary RapidSX™ separation and purification process, for critical, green-energy metals such as REEs, Li, Ni and Co. Gareth was previously Interim CEO and Director of Alabama Graphite, and Director of Technology at USA-based Dexter Magnetic Technologies, where he started his career focused on REE permanent-magnet design and engineering. He is co-inventor of five US patents.​

Gareth is Advisory Board Chair for the Rare Earth Industry Association (REIA), co-chair of the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) strategy team on REEs, and is a member of the UK ISO TC/298 Mirror Committee, working to develop international standards for the REE industry. He is Newsletter Editor of the IEEE Magnetics Society, and founder of the Magnetism & Electromagnetics Interest Group and the Strategic Materials Network, both at

Gareth is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and is a Chartered Engineer. He holds a B.Eng. (Honours) degree in materials science & technology and a Ph.D. in metallurgy & materials, both from the University of Birmingham, with research focused on REE permanent-magnet alloys.

In 2019, Gareth was a recipient of the NATO STO Applied Vehicle Technology Panel Team Excellence Award, and in 2020 was the recipient of the IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Service Award.

IEEE Magnetics Society Position History:
  • 2009-2022   Editor, Magnetics Society Newsletter (Non-voting Positions )
  • 2009-2022   Editor, Magnetics Society Newsletter (Publications Committee Roster)
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