Chaired by Nick Gibbs, the STEM Forum represents members across all disciplines. The Forum meets on the third Thursday of each month.

About the Forum

Our aim is to support Chamber members and the sustainability science, technology, engineering and manufacturing businesses on the Isle of Man by providing the voice of industry into Government and associated bodies. We have established sub-committee working groups to tackle the common themes that have been identified from member surveys.


This group is focused on increasing skills availability for engineering and manufacturing businesses on the island. The group has established the ACE programme, (Awareness of Careers in Engineering), which aims to raise awareness within schools and college that engineering represents a real and highly valued career opportunity on the Isle of Man. We have enrolled industry volunteers and have sponsorship and funding from participating companies and Government. The volunteers animate IoM engineering and manufacturing through classroom workshops and fly the flag for Chamber and our sector at exhibitions, careers events, competitions and parents’ evenings.

In addition, a key project of the group was to focus on delivering an intensive fast track ‘apprenticeship’ scheme for developing manufacturing skills. This is a joint initiative between manufacturers, IoM College (UCM), DfE and DESC. This course offers 36 student places each year. Details of this course and many other engineering courses can be found on the UCM website. These are run using the facilities at William Kennish building and the refurbished Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) in Hills Meadow. The funding was made available for this facility as a direct result of collaboration between Chamber and Government.

The steering group members for ACE are currently: David Hester, Chris Allen, Iain Cowley, John Christian, Kirree Gooberman (representing DfE).

Technology Sub-Committee
This sub-committee is responsible for identifying new technologies that may be of benefit to the sector companies and bringing these to the attention of the committee. This includes organizing speakers and events to showcase new technologies. This initiative also complements the work done by the aerospace cluster in its quarterly forums. (Led by Simon Radcliffe)

Related Groups

Aerospace Cluster (IOMAC, IoM Gov/DfE)
Many manufacturers are engaged in aerospace manufacturing/engineering activity on the Isle of Man. This group aims to provide a forum for joint working, sharing of intelligence, introducing new technology, networking, learning and initiatives specific to aerospace. The group has forged strong links with the North West Aerospace Alliance and has held quarterly forums for the past several years. The Chair of IOMAC is Kirree Gooberman (DfE, IOM Gov) and the Deputy Chair is David Hester. See

CleanTech Forum (IoM Gov/DfE)

This group replaces the previous utilities forum. Kirree Gooberman is the Gov DfE representative and keeps the STEM Forum involved.  

Commercial and Industrial Waste Forum 

This group was formed as a joint initiative between the DoI and the E&M committee (now STEM) and is now broadening out to include other sectors. It is focused on ensuring that the island provides an appropriate infrastructure for handling of waste. A particular focus has been the disposal of hazardous waste. Hazardous waste is a by-product for many industry and commercial organisations on the Isle of Man for which limited disposal routes are available at high cost to the businesses that produce it. The sub-committee is currently driving projects to maintain and improve a regular and reliable hazardous waste disposal service. Other topics that have been discussed through this forum are oil wastes, metal wastes, effluent and building materials waste. The meeting is typically attended by representatives from DoI, DEFA, DfE, MUA, SUEZ, and other companies. The work done to build a new hazardous waste transfer station at the Energy from Waste plant was as a direct result of the collaboration of this committee with Government. (Led by Department of Infrastructure; and our key E&M representative is Chris Allen)

In addition to reviewing the activities of the sub-committees the main STEM Committee is also engaged in:

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Learn more about our other Sector Forums and Working Groups here