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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.

Ken Cornforth

Director of Education

A very experienced ex-headteacher, Ken leads on all of Baker Dearing’s initiatives to raise UTC standards.

Kate Ambrosi

Director of Innovation and Learning

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.

Mike Halliday

Senior Advisor

Mike is responsible for Baker Dearing’s employer engagement support for UTCs and the UTC Core Employers Group.

Ros Kipps

Events & Communications Manager

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

Ian May

Finance Director

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

Tom Revington

Senior Advisor

An experienced strategy and leadership consultant, Tom is a longstanding advisor on all Baker Dearing’s policy initiatives.

Nicholas Heslop

Senior Advisor

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

Colleen Bower

Senior Advisor

Colleen works with UTCs and sponsors to support the development of productive partnerships and meaningful sponsor engagement.

Amy Sutcliffe

UTC Projects Coordinator

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

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.

Rachel Bolton

Administrative Assistant

With a background in education and apprenticeships, Rachel supports the Baker Dearing team with all things admin, working closely with Kate and Amy as well as the wider team.

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