Institution of Mechanical Engineers elects its 133rd President
Published: 25 May 2018 - Rachael Morling
Geoff Baker, MSc CEng FIMechE, has assumed office as the 133rd President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and has set out an exciting vision for the future of the Institution.
Baker said: “In the Year of Engineering, I am delighted to have been elected by the membership to be President. I intend to engage with them and wider stakeholders to ensure we have an Institution that is relevant and fit for purpose in the 21st century.
“Our engineering profession is in the process of radical change. Change that is challenging, not just people’s perspective on our profession but also the way it has operated for the past 170 years. Society will call upon engineers to solve the challenges the world is now facing: how we will live with an exponentially increasing population, how we will feed ourselves, and how we will deal with the challenges of climate change. As President, I hope to create an environment where talent can come together to address the multi-dimensional issues which society faces."
Baker is an entrepreneur and engineer with a distinguished international career. He has global business experience and has established business operations in Europe, America, the Middle East, Malaysia and Australia. He co-founded two successful engineering companies, the ATL Group, a leading technical services company in the industrial, defence, oil and gas markets which was sold to Bureau Veritas, and Plant Asset Management , which was subsequently acquired by FTSE oil services company, Petrofac. Following both acquisitions, Baker held senior executive positions within these organisations.
He started his career serving a five-year Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship with the British Aircraft Corporation and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Baker has been an active member of the Institution since his early career.