About the Author – Governance of Enterprise IT based on COBIT®5


Geoff Harmer lives in the UK and is the Director of Maat Consulting Ltd, an independent provider of education and consultancy on best practices for IT governance and IT service management.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in the IT industry and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) and is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT®).

After gaining a PhD in neutron physics at the University of Sheffield and conducting programming for scientific research in optical design at the University of Reading, he worked for Digital Equipment Company (DEC), a major computer vendor, for 13 years then moved to several consultancy houses specialising in IT strategy and IT service management for a further ten years before setting up Maat Consulting in 2004.

Since 2001, he has specialised in communicating and developing ideas and approaches around standards and frameworks for information technology through courses, workshops, public lectures, consultancy and writing blog columns. He regularly presents a wide range of courses that include certification exams – COBIT®, CGEIT®, ISO20000 and ITIL®.

He has been an Associate Lecturer in Technology with the UK Open University since 1999.

As a physicist he is very interested in the linking of quantum mechanics to computing and so is currently studying Quantum Computation.