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Steven John Baker
Born, 6 June 1971, Cornwall. Married, 1996.
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)
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.
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–November 2019
Elected May 2010. Member of first the Transport Select Committee and later the Treasury Committee. Served on the Conservative 1922 Committee Executive. Co-Chaired Conservatives for Britain. Chaired the European Research Group twice. Minister in the Department for Exiting the EU, June 2017-July 2018.
Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Wycombe, UK – November 2019-present
Re-selected as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wycombe to contest the 2019 general election.
In addition to my work with the Centre for Social Justice, I coached three young teachers for Teach First and I have volunteered since winter 2008/9 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 trail running, skydiving and motorcycling but I am also a keen advanced driver, fast catamaran sailor and occasional photographer.