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Our team

Lord Baker


Lord Baker is actively involved in promoting UTCs through Baker Dearing, the charity he founded in 2009.

Simon Connell

Chief Executive

Simon runs Baker Dearing and leads on all policy initiatives for UTCs, particularly engagement with the DfE, ESFA and other key stakeholders.

Kate Ambrosi

Director of Education and Innovation

Kate manages all the UTC specialist network activities, serves as exam board liaison, and handles aspects of employer and university engagement.

Magdalin Clancy

Senior Advisor

A highly experienced school leader, Magdalin leads on our support for all UTC finance-related issues.

Steve Leahey

Senior Advisor

A former UTC Principal, Steve advises UTCs on educational matters, specifically leading on T Level support.

Ros Kipps

Events & Communications Manager

Ros manages Baker Dearing’s successful events programme and handles communications with UTCs and the outside world.

Amy Sutcliffe

UTC Projects Coordinator

Amy is an experienced events lead and coordinates student-facing projects across the UTC network, supporting the UTC specialist network activities for Baker Dearing.

Ian May

Finance Director

Ian manages the day-to-day finances for Baker Dearing, including UTC Licence arrangements.

Nicolas Heslop

Senior Advisor

Nicolas is well-known around the corridors of Westminster and supports Baker Dearing with policy and lobbying.

Fraser Whieldon

Media and Communications Officer

With a background in journalism and PR consultancy, Fraser is responsible for Baker Dearing’s marketing and communications functions, including relations with the media and the trust’s social media presence.

Ayeesha Bhamji

UTC Projects Coordinator

Having previously worked with LDE UTC as part of the employer engagement team, Ayeesha brings that experience to Baker Dearing to coordinate projects for UTCs across the network.

Louise Wilson

CEO’s Assistant

Louise helps Baker Dearing to run smoothly and, amongst her many tasks, manages Simon’s diary.

Kathy Fogarty

Chairman’s Assistant

For over 30 years, Kathy has helped Lord Baker to manage his parliamentary, professional, charitable and literary commitments.

Odette Merten

Administrative Assistant

Odette provides administrative support to the team.

Mandy Chalk

Administrative Assistant

With over twenty years working in the education sector Mandy is bringing her experience to support the Baker Dearing events programme and the Baker Award.

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