Our People

Baker Dearing Educational Trust was founded by Lord Baker and Lord Dearing in 2009 to promote the concept of University Technical Colleges (‘’UTCs’’). It is a small, flexible charity that sits at the centre of the UTC network and focuses on promoting and supporting new and existing UTCs.

Kenneth Wilfred Baker Baron Baker of DorkingCH PC

Ronald Ernest Dearing, Baron DearingCB

Central Team

Simon Connell


Connell has been the trust’s development director since 2016, after working as chief operating officer for Educate School Services Ltd, which he founded, and following a career in financial services.

Ian May

Director of Finance and Company Secretary

Previously Finance Director and Company Secretary of African Gifted Foundation, Finance Director of St Paul’s School and Acting Finance Director of Hammersmith Academy Trust.

Ken Cornforth

Director of Education

Previously, Education Lead for Crewe, Leeds and Scarborough UTCs and 18 years as Principal of Pudsey Grangefield School securing most improved and best value-added awards.

Kate Ambrosi

Assistant Director of Education

Previously, Head of Economic Development for Croydon Council and Senior Education Advisor to Baker Dearing Trust..

Magdalin Clancy

Senior Advisor

Former Business Director and Education Leader, expert in leading high-level strategic and financial transformation to ensure sustainability and growth within business and education environments.

Mike Halliday

Senior Advisor

Advises nationally on building strategic employer relationships and engagement models across the UTC network. Currently heads up employer engagement for Activate Learning Education Trust and is education representative to the IET Policy Panel for Education and Skills.

Rosalind Kipps

Events and Internal Communications Manager

Kathy Fogarty


Lyndsay MacAulay

Marketing Advisor

Susan Higgins

Press Advisor