Stephen Baker

Chief Executive & Spokesperson on Civil Resilience and Community Safety
Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Councils & SOLACE

Stephen is currently the joint Chief Executive of Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council.  He joined Suffolk Coastal as Chief Executive in 2005 and in 2008 also became Chief Executive of Waveney District Council. Whilst the role of Chief Executive is wide and varied, Stephen has four areas of particular interest: shared services and collaboration; digital services and inclusion; growth and economic development; and civil resilience. Stephen’s local government career started in 1982 when he left the private sector and joined Ipswich Borough Council.  He later went on to become Chief Executive of East Northamptonshire District Council in 2002. For many years Stephen chaired the Local Government Delivery Council, a Local Government Association body contributing to the delivery of the improvement agenda by liaising with Central Government on the implementation of major projects and change programmes.  He also chaired the Public Sector Network Programme Board.

Stephen is currently the joint Chief Executive of Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council.  He joined Suffolk Coastal as Chief Executive in 2005 and in 2008 also became Chief Executive of Waveney District Council.

Whilst the role of Chief Executive is wide and varied, Stephen has four areas of particular interest: shared services and collaboration; digital services and inclusion; growth and economic development; and civil resilience.

Stephen’s local government career started in 1982 when he left the private sector and joined Ipswich Borough Council.  He later went on to become Chief Executive of East Northamptonshire District Council in 2002.

For many years Stephen chaired the Local Government Delivery Council, a Local Government Association body contributing to the delivery of the improvement agenda by liaising with Central Government on the implementation of major projects and change programmes.  He also chaired the Public Sector Network Programme Board to ensure that compliance practices work for local councils and that the public sector maximises opportunities to support the delivery of a joined up local public service.

Stephen also represented local government on the Nuclear Emergency Planning Delivery Committee, is a contact for the Cabinet Office for the Recovery Advisory Board and, until earlier this year, also chaired the Suffolk Local Resilience Forum.

Most recently Stephen was appointed as official spokesperson on matters of Civil Resilience and Community Safety on behalf of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE).  SOLACE’S Civil Resilience Network acts as a sounding board to provide a forum for open discussion on civil resilience policy and issues.  It provides a local authority perspective on the impact of UK civil resilience policy to Government, and shares best practice across the sector.  Recently this has included working with the LGA, DCLG and other partners to ensure that the local government voice has been represented in the development of the National Cyber Security Centre.