Piers Baker MA PhD

Clerk to the Company

Piers Baker has spent the greater part of his working life in the Diplomatic Service; his last overseas posting was as Deputy Ambassador, Consul General and Director of Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Vienna, during which time he was responsible for organizing visits by two consecutive Lord Mayors. He left the Diplomatic Service in 2006 to become Director of the International Office at Imperial College London. In 2009, deciding to move to part-time employment to have more time to pursue wider interests, he became Assistant Director of the Engineering Professors’ Council, a post which he held until he became Clerk to the Company in July 2012. His academic background is in archaeology and cultural history; he was the last but one Research Fellow at the British Institute for Afghan Studies in Kabul before it was forced to close in the early 1980s. Alongside his work as Clerk, he is currently taking part in a British Museum research project on Charles Masson, the first British archaeologist to explore Afghanistan, in the 1830s. He is married to Maria, a conservator / restorer of works of art on paper; they have three grown-up sons.