Steve Baker is a VIP and Government corporate hospitality professional with more than 15-years’ experience of managing top-level VIP relations at high-end international trade events. Steve is currently Head of Defence Engagement for Clarion’s Defence and Security portfolio of events. He also directs HMG’s official international delegation programme at the UK Government’s flagship defence show – one of the world’s principal military defence and security trade exhibitions. Across the portfolio, Steve has established a VIP hosted-buyer programme for visiting international government bodies and military authorities, delivering a visitor experience that others strive to emulate and the UK Government fully supports.
Before commencing a career in event management, Steve served 19 years with the Royal Air Force (RAF). Here he served in a number of challenging appointments including bomb disposal and counter IED work, and maintenance of the Harrier jump-jet. He was awarded a 3-year Aerosystems Engineering Cadetship in 1991, graduating from Cranfield University in 1994. Steve subsequently completed a number of operational and staff appointments as a commissioned engineering officer, including management of a multi-disciplined team of 100 engineering experts and all engineering maintenance and flight safety activities on the largest Tornado fast-jet squadron in the RAF. For his final appointment before retiring from the RAF, Steve managed the delivery of enhanced training and simulation systems for pilots and engineers of the collaborative Eurofighter Typhoon fast-jet aircraft programme.
Steve joined Reed Exhibitions in 2005, managing visit programmes of government ministers, ambassadors/attachés, foreign delegations, senior military staff and VIP guests visiting the world’s leading international defence exhibition. He also managed the corporate hospitality of top military training, education and simulation experts visiting ITEC – Reed’s international training and simulation conference and exhibition. In May 2008, Reed Exhibitions sold their defence and security portfolio of events to Clarion Events, and Steve transferred across as the portfolio’s VIP and Delegation Manager. In 2009, Steve was promoted to Head of Defence Engagement.
Steve is a qualified Chartered Engineer and is married with 2 adult children.