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Steven John Baker

Born, 6 June 1971, Cornwall. Married, 1996.

Education

Poltair Comprehensive School, St Austell, Cornwall, 1987 — 9 GCE ‘O’ levels

St Austell Sixth Form College, St Austell, Cornwall, 1989 — 4 GCE ‘A’ levels

Southampton University, 1992 — BEng Aerospace Systems Engineering, Upper Second

Engineering Council and Royal Aeronautical Society, 1999 — Chartered Aerospace Engineer

St Cross College, Oxford, 2000 — MSc Computation (Computer Science)

Professional Experience

Engineer Officer (Aerosystems), Royal Air Force — 1989-1999

A University Cadetship followed by three tours of duty working internationally in connection with Tornado F3, Jaguar and the Adour gas turbine, which is fitted to Hawk, Red Arrows Hawk and Jaguar.

Head of Consulting and Product Manager, DecisionSoft Ltd, Oxford — 2000-2001

Leading a team delivering early e-government systems, enabling online services which have been developed and remain vital today.

Chief Technology Officer, BASDA Ltd, Great Missenden, UK — 2002-2007

Representing and setting standards for the business application software development industry. Enabling collaboration between competitors to deliver value to the Office of Government Commerce, HMRC, the house- building industry and others. Operating at UK board level with international software vendors.

Director of Product Development, CoreFiling Ltd, Oxford — 2005-2006

Envisioning, specifying and delivering products and services in electronic financial reporting to clients including BusinessWire, the SEC, the National Bank of Belgium, Altria, PepsiCo and Reuters. CoreFiling was a sister company to DecisionSoft.

Chief Architect, Global Financing and Asset Servicing Platforms, Lehman Brothers, London — 2006-2008

Instrumental in forming the strategy and design for the global financing programme, supporting the multi-million dollar securities lending business. Also central to determining the strategy for the critical function of maintaining, and controlling the risk associated with, many billions of dollars of assets under management.

My work at Lehman Brothers particularly informs my present work on reforming the financial system.

Principal, Ambriel Consulting Ltd, UK — 2001-present (not trading)

Running a successful consulting software engineering business, serving software developers, corporations, regulators and government, specializing in technologies for interoperable data.

Political Experience

Associate Consultant, Centre for Social Justice, UK – 2008-2010

Assisted The Centre for Social Justice on a voluntary basis with the development of implementation plans. At Conservative Party Conference 2009, chaired the CSJ/Smith Institute fringe debates on the bank bailouts, housing and insolvency.

Corporate Affairs Director, The Cobden Centre, UK – 2009-May 2010

Established The Cobden Centre with Chairman and Founder Toby Baxendale as an educational charity to promote  social progress through honest money, free trade and peace.

Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Wycombe, UK – 2009-May 2010

Selected as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wycombe on 31 October 2009 at my first appearance before a selection meeting.

Conservative MP, Wycombe, May 2010–Present

Elected May 2010. Member of the Transport Select Committee.

Voluntary Work

In addition to my work with the Centre for Social Justice, I have coached three young teachers for Teach First and I have volunteered through two winters in the Wycombe Winter Night Shelter, working with the homeless.

Hobbies and Interests

I enjoy spending time with my wife, my extended network of friends and our godchildren plus their siblings. I currently concentrate on skydiving and motorcycling but I am also a keen advanced driverfast catamaran sailor and occasional photographer.

Membership of Professional Bodies and Clubs

Declaration of interests

My declaration of interests may be read in conjunction with the above. Download it here.

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