Chartered Chemical Engineer recognised in New Year Honours List 2022

Published:  17 January, 2022

Yvonne Baker, a chartered chemical engineer with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), has been awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours List for services to STEM education.

Baker has been the Chief Executive of STEM Learning since 2010. The organisation aims to make world-leading education available to all young people across the UK. She is driven to bring together STEM organisations to achieve STEM Learning’s aim, believing that “great STEM education has economic, social, cultural, and ethical value, with positive impacts on social mobility, diversity and inclusion”.

Over the next five years Baker’s focus will be supporting young people living in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

Outside of STEM Learning, Baker’s roles include being Chair of Governors at Heworth Grange School; a Trustee of The 5% Club, an employer-led organisation with members aspiring to achieve 5% of their workforce in earn and learn positions; and a member of the Royal Society Education Committee. She was until recently co-Chair of The Institution of Engineering & Technology’s Education and Skills Panel.

Baker also volunteered with IChemE as a Membership Mentor for ten years until 2020, supporting members through the process to become professionally qualified as Chartered Chemical Engineers.

She said: “This award isn’t something I would ever have sought or expected – but I’m delighted to accept it on behalf of STEM Learning.

“I am privileged to work with people who share a genuine belief in and commitment to STEM education as something that can really change young people’s lives.”

New Year Honours recognise the achievements and services of extraordinary people across the UK. A full list of 2022 recipients is available online.

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