Geoff Maitland is Professor of Energy Engineering at Imperial College London (ICL) and a Past President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (2014–15). He was a Trustee of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chair of the Publishing Board (2016–2020).
His career has spanned academia and industry, including 20 years in oil and gas with Schlumberger and over 20 years at ICL, first as a young lecturer in 1974 and then, since 2005, in his current post. For many years his research has been centred on how we can continue to use fossil fuels for most of this century without causing catastrophic climate change, particularly through carbon capture and storage (CCUS). He has chaired several CCUS reports and was a member of the 2018 UK Government CCUS Cost Challenge Taskforce.
He has published over 150 papers in scientific literature, four books, numerous book chapters and achieved 10 granted patents. Geoff was awarded the Hutchison Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 1998 and served as President of the British Society of Rheology from 2002–2005. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the IChemE Chemical Engineering Envoy Award in 2010 for his media work explaining the engineering issues involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He chaired the post-Macondo review of the UK Offshore Oil and Gas Regulatory Regime in 2011 (‘The Maitland Report’) and, in 2012, received the Rideal Lecture Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was appointed CBE in the 2019 New Year Honours List for services to Chemical Engineering.