Meet our mentors: Simon Baker

Simon Baker is an IBM Business Technology consultant with 37 years’ experience within the IT Industry, with a Diploma in Strategic Market Management.

Name: Simon Baker

Occupation: IBM Business Technology consultant

Simon’s experience means he is able to bridge the gap between technology and business, to bring a wealth of experience from having worked with multiple start-ups, customer and business partners. 

Why did you choose to become a mentor on the NHS CEP, are you enjoying the experience and how have you supported your mentee/s so far? 

‘’I enjoy seeing the wide and varied innovative solutions that come from the creative and problem-solving experiences of healthcare practitioners.
The progress I have been able to make with a number of entrepreneurs has been extremely rewarding and that is going from strength to strength- The entrepreneurs reward from my mentoring is my reward.
I have supported the mentees with market management 101, technology guidance and business engagement’’

What do you think makes a good mentor and can you see the impact that mentoring is having on your mentee?   

‘‘A good mentor is open, transparent and has experience across multiple industries.
The mentees are making progress with thinking about their business plans and technology plans.’’

What is the best piece of advice you have been given in your professional career? 

‘‘Aspire to where you want to be.’’

What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a mentor with the NHS CEP? 

‘’Join any mentoring program and the value comes from the exposure to new ideas and sometimes not so new ideas, so you can start to apply the best practise and help stop the not so good.’’

Simon Baker is one of over 300 professionals that volunteer their support to the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme and support our next generation of innovators. If you are interested in supporting the programme visit our mentor pages