About

President Elect of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), chartered engineer and entrepreneur, MD/Co-Founder Plant Asset Management & ATL, Voice of Entrepreneurial Engineers.

Geoff Baker is an entrepreneur and engineer with a distinguished international career.  He now works independently to establish and advise engineering and high-tech businesses at all stages of their development, while continuing to support the advancement of the engineering profession.

Geoff has co-founded, and subsequently sold, two successful companies: the ATL Group, a leading technical services company in the industrial, defence and oil and gas markets, and Plant Asset Management Ltd, established as a corporate venture with the FTSE oil services company, Petrofac. Both acquisitions led to senior executive positions within the new organisations. Prior to this, he worked at SDRC Engineering Services Ltd, the National Nuclear Corporation and the British Aircraft Corporation.

In addition to his personal business interests, Geoff works hard to advance and promote the engineering profession through his three major passions; the encouragement of innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering; inspiring young people into engineering and helping to instigate change in the engineering profession, which he believes is required to make it more relevant and responsive to needs of society. He is currently President Elect of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and is Founder of Entrepreneurial Engineers (now incorporated as Engineering In Society), established to encourage entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and corporate venturing within engineering. He is an active supporter of Southampton University’s Future Worlds, created to help start-ups, spinouts and projects at the University, and chairs various boards and committees within the engineering profession.

Geoff has global business experience and has established business operations in Europe, America, the Middle East, Malaysia and Australia. He was also one of the founding Non-Executive Directors of The FSE Group formed by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) to provide sources of finance and advice to companies in the UK.

Experience 

Senior Vice President and Co-Founder, Plant Asset Management – Part of the Petrofac GroupApril 2002 – December 2015 (13 years 10 months), Southampton, United Kingdom

Co-founded Plant Asset Management Ltd which was established as a corporate venture with finance provided by the FTSE 100 multinational oil services company, Petrofac. Responsible for the growth of the company from start-up to a turnover of over £35million, employing over 280 staff with operations in Europe, America, Middle East and Australia until it was fully acquired by Petrofac.

Chief Executive UK, Bureau VeritasSeptember 1999 – June 2001 (1 year 10 months) London, United Kingdom

Chief Executive of Bureau Veritas UK and UK Chairman of Bureau Veritas Quality International following the sale of the ATL Group.

Managing Director, Co-founder and Principal Shareholder, ATL Group LtdApril 1990 – September 1999 (9 years 6 months) Southampton, United Kingdom

Managing Director, Co-Founder and Principal Shareholder of the ATL Group.  Responsible for establishing the company as a leading technical services company in the industrial, defence and oil and gas markets. The company was subsequently sold to French multinational, Bureau Veritas.

Managing Director, Acoustic Technology LtdApril 1987 – April 1989 (2 years 1 month) Southampton, United Kingdom

Managing Director of Acoustic Technology Ltd, which had recently been acquired by Peek Holdings Ltd. Initially a start-up from the University of Southampton Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, it was recognised that Acoustic Technology was non-core to Peek’s main business and this subsequently led a management buy-out in conjunction with the venture capital company 3i. The company formed to handle the acquisition then became the basis of the ATL Group Ltd.

European Sales and Marketing Director, SDRC Engineering Services LtdApril 1979 – April 1987 (8 years 1 month) Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK

SDRC Engineering Services was the Consulting Division of the US based Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, which was subsequently acquired by GE. Responsible for Sales and Business Development for the company in UK and Europe. Prior to that role worked as Power and Process Business Manager as well as in a Technical Consultancy role in the area of structural dynamics.

Engineer – Pressure Vessels and Piping, National Nuclear CorporationSeptember 1975 – April 1979 (3 years 8 months) Leicester, United Kingdom

Design and development of pressure systems for the UK’s AGR and PWR reactor programme, specialising in earthquake resistant design of the reactor and supporting plant.

Engineering Apprentice, British Aircraft CorporationSeptember 1968 – July 1973 (4 years 11 months) Filton, Bristol, UK

5 year Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship with the British Aircraft Corporation with sponsored studies and training at the Rolls Royce Technical College and Bristol Polytechnic. This was followed by a Master’s Degree at Cranfield University.

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