Mike Baker is a qualified lawyer who practices both criminal and civil law throughout South Wales, who has extensive experience in all aspects of the criminal justice system.
He served for 30 years as a Police Officer . Having attended university in his own spare time gaining a Business degree at UWIC, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Law at Glamorgan University, he then sat the Bar finals at Cardiff University qualifying as a Barrister.
This was then followed by his qualifying as a Solicitor and he now practises at a well known and respected company at Cardiff. Mike has been engaged in the legal arena for nearly 40 years and has a wealth of experience on both sides of the legal spectrum. He is also a qualified commercial Mediator, is a member of the Civil Mediation Council and is authorised as such by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London.
As an experienced Police officer he was involved in community groups at both Cardiff and the Rhondda Valley, where he represented the local Police and dealt with community issues. As a lawyer covering all of South Wales he attends several user group meetings dealing directly with representatives of the Courts, Probation Service, Crown Prosecution Service, and the Victim Support Agency.
Mike feels that he has more to give to the community of South Wales and the post of Commissioner is the perfect way for him to do so. He has extensive knowledge of both the Police service and Criminal justice system which will enable him to fulfil the duties of Commissioner with an unrivalled expertise