Director of External Affairs, Campaign for Better Transport & Former Transport Minister
Norman Baker is presently Director of External Affairs for the Campaign for Better Transport, a half-time post. In addition to that, he undertakes a wide range of freelance work, as a journalist and broadcaster, as a trainer of civil servants, and a consultant on transport, security and planning matters. Norman was the Lib Dem MP for Lewes for 18 years from 1997-2015, and a government minister from 2010 to 2014. For three and a half years he served at the Department for Transport with a portfolio that covered public transport and active travel. He was then promoted to be a deputy to Theresa May in the Home Office as Crime Prevention Minister.
Prior to his parliamentary service, he was the first ever Lib Dem leader of Lewes District Council from 1991 until 1997 and also served as a county councillor for 8 years, and for 16 years as a Glynde and Beddingham parish councillor.
In 2014 he was inducted into the Privy Council. After leaving Parliament, Norman became managing director of The Big Lemon, an environmentally friendly bus and coach company in Brighton where he won many new contracts for the company and updated the fleet. He is a qualified transport manager.
He is a published author of three books, the most recent being the well received And What Do You Do? - What The Royal Family Don’t Want You To Know.
He is also a singer-songwriter and has released three albums and an EP. He hosts three weekly music shows on the local FM radio station, Seahaven FM.
He has a degree in German from Royal Holloway College.