Geoff is an Honorary Fellow of WMSoc and has chaired and presented at numerous WMSoc events. Following early retirement in 2014 he established a training and assessment consultancy, Geoff Walker Associates.
Having graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1977, Geoff was employed by Dearborn Chemicals as a Graduate Trainee, leading to his first posting as an Account Manager, with customers drawn primarily from the hospital, auto plant and brewing industries.
Promoted to a “Major Accounts” sales team in 1982, Geoff specialised in heavy industry, mainly steel works and refineries. In 1986 he took on the role of Biocide Product Manager.
Following the BBC Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in 1988, the BACS Industry Code of Practice on the Treatment of Cooling Systems for Legionella Control was co-written by industry representatives including Geoff himself.
In 1989 he took on the role of Commercial and Industrial (Building Services) Market Specialist.
He has sat on BSRIA working groups for AG 2/93 Water Treatment for Building Services Systems, BG 29/2012 Pre-commission Cleaning of Pipework Systems and BG50/2013 Water Treatment for Closed Heating and Cooling Systems. Further career moves included joining the European Refinery Marketing Team in 1994, Primary Metals Market Specialist in 1997 and Area Management in 1999.
In 2005 Geoff became Cooling Water Technical Manager for GE, and shortly afterwards Technical Group Manager, being responsible for employee technical training and competency.
Elected to the Legionella Control Association Management Committee in 2005, he was LCA Chairman 2008-10, re-structuring the Committee and introducing LCA Category Standards. He also chaired the BACS Water Treatment Sector Group, 2010-12.
He sat on BSI working groups developing both BS7592 (Legionella Sampling) and BS8580 (Legionella Risk Assessment), and during the revision of L8, Geoff was a member of the Cooling Water Working Group (HSG274 Part 1) and the HSE/Industry Management Team.
A keen advocate of training and competency assessment, he is currently evaluating the competency of each of the LCA assessors as they carry out Member Company Audits.