In 2015 Philip Baker was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology and Dean of Medicine at the University of Leicester, with Honorary Consultant Obstetrician status at the University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust. Prior to accepting the position in Leicester Professor Baker lived and worked in New Zealand where he served as Director of the National Research Centre for Growth and Development and held the position of Professor of Maternal & Fetal Health at the University of Auckland. Professor Baker also runs a dedicated pregnancy research centre based in Chongqing Medical University in Western China following his appointment as a National Distinguished Professor by the Chinese Government in 2013. Previously Professor Baker led the medical schools in both Manchester, UK and Alberta, Canada. He also established and then directed the Manchester NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. He has held visiting professorial appointments in Hong Kong, Toronto and Yale.