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Professor Philip Baker - Non-Executive Director

Professor Baker brings vast expertise of working across multiple roles in healthcare across the globe to our board having been trained in Nottingham, Cambridge and Pittsburgh, USA, before taking the role of Chair of Obstetrics in Nottingham and then Manchester. He led the successful bid for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Manchester and then directed the centre, and has been head of the medical schools in Manchester and then Edmonton, Canada. He subsequently remained in Edmonton as special advisor to the Provost, and focussed on developing opportunities in China; this led to an appointment by the Chinese Government as a National Distinguished Professor and the establishment of a pregnancy research centre in Chongqing, China, which he continues to direct.  In 2015 he was given the Chongqing Friendship Award, the highest honour that the city can bestow. From 2012-15, he was Director of the National Centre of Growth and Development in New Zealand and a Senior Scientist at the University of Auckland.  

In 2015, Professor Baker returned to his home town as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Leicester.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in both New Zealand and the UK. He was principal author of the position paper on ‘Health of Women and Children’ that was considered at the 2010 G8 Summit. 

Professor Baker said of his appointment: “I am very much looking forward to joining Leicester’s Hospitals, one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country. The background that I will bring to the team will help to strengthen the interface between healthcare and academia in Leicestershire by linking the University and the hospitals even closer. There are tremendous opportunities to help enhance the synergies between the two. ”

The appointment was made by the NHS Improvement that is responsible for appointing all chairs and non-executives to NHS trusts throughout England.  All appointments are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, and made following an open competition based on merit, in a way that is open, transparent and fair to all applicants. Professor Baker is entitled to receive remuneration of £6,157 per annum, his term ends on 30 June 2018 and he has not declared any political activity in the last five years.


Professor Philip Baker
Professor Philip Baker - Non Executive Director