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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 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.

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.

Nicholas Heslop

Senior Advisor

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

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.

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.

Colleen Bower

Senior Advisor

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

Steve Leahey

Senior Advisor

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

Cherry Tingle

Senior Advisor

Cherry provides 1:1 support and mentoring for UTC leaders.

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