Michael A Baker 
Michael A Baker

Michael Baker has had an interesting career to date which has had Cardiff Met at its roots. He originally attended at one of our founding colleges, ‘Llandaff Tech’ where he studied to be an electrician; followed by a 30 year career in the Police force. He returned to UWIC at Colchester Avenue in 1998 to study for an HNC in Business and Finance and went straight on to a BA (Hons) in Business and Management, graduating in 2004 and is now a Solicitor, practicing in civil and criminal law (he is an higher rights advocate). If this wasn’t enough he is now running for the post of South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner; we caught up with Mike to find out about his time here as a student and more about his campaign.

What made you choose UWIC?

UWIC offered the best Business and Management course in Cardiff that also had law modules; I undertook the course whilst I was still working so it was important that I could manage both commitments. 

Which of your lecturers do you remember fondly?

There are a few lecturers that I remember fondly but one that I’d like to mention is Angela Joseph, Head of Department for Business and Management. Angela was a great support when I studied at UWIC, her expertise in the law field were invaluable and gave me the footing to continue on my career path as a Solicitor.

What are some of your fondest memories?

I had a great time as a mature student at UWIC, a lot of the students thought I was a professor and even when they found out I was there to learn just like them they still asked me for support and guidance through the course.

Do you have any advice for recent Cardiff Met graduates?

You should never be bored in life, try new things and do new things.

Could you tell us some more about the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner elections?

I am a wholly independent candidate running for the post of South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner. I must stress this is not a political appointment and it is important that everyone is aware of all the candidates not just the politicians and vote according to their manifestos. I am in the process of formulating a means for the public to be involved in the work of the Commissioner which will enable members of the public to engage with local groups who in turn will communicate their concerns directly to the Commissioner’s office and from there to the Police. By voting for an independent candidate it will prevent any political control on the Police service and keep it in public control. Election Day is on the 15th November.

For more information and on Michael A Baker and the election visit: michaelabaker.co.uk

For more information on the PCC elections go to: homeoffice.gov.uk