IChemE appoints Yvonne Baker as new CEO
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IChemE appoints Yvonne Baker as new CEO

She was awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the late Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours List for services to STEM education.

  • By ICN Bureau | January 10, 2023

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has announced that Yvonne Baker OBE has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer and will take up the post from April 2023, following Jon Prichard’s decision to step down from the role in September 2022.

Baker, a Chartered Chemical Engineer, is currently Chief Executive of STEM Learning. It is the largest provider of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers support to schools, colleges and community groups across the UK.

Baker said: “Having started my journey in STEM as a chemical engineer and having been a member of IChemE since 1986, joining the Institution as its Chief Executive Officer is a great honour and hugely exciting.

“Highlighting and articulating the importance and impact of all things and everyone involved in chemical, biochemical and process engineering has never been more vital as we work with others to address the global concerns around sustainability, food security, energy security and health.

Yvonne will join IChemE on 12 April 2023, taking over from interim Chief Executive Officer Jo Downham who will revert to her position as Director, Finance and Business Support.

During her time at STEM Learning, Baker led the organisation through an ever-changing education, STEM and economic environment, including the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic.

She was awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the late Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours List for services to STEM education.

David Bogle, IChemE President, said: “Yvonne will build on the substantial work undertaken by Jon during his tenure, continuing to grow IChemE to ensure the Institution represents and supports the chemical engineering profession to serve society. I look forward to working closely with her.”

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