About the Directors

Stewart and Baker Ltd is a Mediation and Employment Relations Company that offers a flexible service that is both unique and diverse.

It was formed in January 2005 by two people who decided that after being employed in a wide variety of jobs, that the time was right to use their collective Knowledge and experience to help companies develop good employment relationships between their staff, management and where applicable their trade union.

Those two people are James Stewart and David Baker.


James Stewart

James Stewart joined Boots the Chemist as a warehouse operative after leaving school.

He soon became active within the trade union sitting on various committees and working parties throughout the Boots organisation.

As a full time union official he was a member of the Job Evaluation panel, which successfully designed and introduced a new scheme. James also played a major part in the briefing and training programme which followed.

He was involved on a national level in wage negotiations, disciplinary and grievance procedures, staff councils, and shop steward/health & safety representative training.

During this time James attended Ruskin College in Oxford on two occasions completing courses on Employment Law and Health & Safety.

He then moved into Engineering as a supervisor of an assembly team manufacturing various products for the motor trade, ensuring quality and production targets were met.

James then took on the role of Sustainability Mediator for a national charity, where he helped young people and employers sustain employment.

He was then selected to work on a government project to help Lone Parents back into work.

This was a two-year project that ended recently.


Dave Baker

Dave Baker left school at the age of 15 to complete a Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship.

Six years later after finishing college and qualifying he was made redundant.

He then joined Boots as a manufacturing operative where he soon became active within the trade union, sitting on various national staff councils, committees and working parties.

He also carried out shop steward/health & safety representative training.

As a full time union official, David was a core member of the joint national job evaluation scheme; he played a major part in the design and delivery of a new scheme throughout the Boots organisation.

David attended Ruskin College in Oxford on four occasions completing course in Employment Law, Politics, Health & Safety and Organising Women Workers.

Moving into a full time training role David became a Training & Liaison Co- coordinator, where he gained qualifications as an NVQ assessor and Internal Verifier (D32, D33 & D34 awards).

He was also part of a National working party, which designed and introduced a NVQ scheme for the Pharmaceutical industry.

After leaving Boots David worked as a production team member at Pork Farms Bowyers until he joined a registered charity as a Placement Officer, organising work placements in Business Administration for under 24 year olds.

He then joined a Government project to help Lone Parents back into work as an Employment Officer.

This was a two-year project that ended recently.

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