Neville Baker originally from Taranaki, Atiawa and Ngati Mutunga descent, has reigned in top level leadership rolels throughout his successful career starting from Te Aute College through to Victoria University and full time opportunities such as Deputy Secretary of Maori Affairs and Director of Maori Development Cooperation. A Nuffield Scholarship which took him to London where he had placements for the Welsh Development Cooperative, Scottish Highlands Development Board, handling economic conditions for United Kingdom then to Ireland involved in Tourism and dairy farming. Neville went on to become Chief Executive of Economic Affairs of Maori Affairs Department then Maori Trustee, Director Waitangi Tribunal, Director of Maori Land Court, Whangarei and Hamilton, Economic Development Executive to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Chief Executive of Taranaki Maori Trust Board New Plymouth, Board Member Open Polytechnic NZ , Board Member Correspondence School NZ ,Board Member Te Wananga Aotearoa 30 years still, as Chairman of Te Runanganui O Taranaki Whanui in Lower Hutt- Waiwhetu Marae.
Over the past 3 years as The Chairman of Port Nicholson Block Trust - Neville has successfully lead the change management process having to deal with high level trouble shooting and has been fundamental in saving the Trust from collapse. Neville Chairs a Turning of The Tide program working closely with NZ Police keeping people out of the Court system, He also sits as an Iwi Leader on the Police Commissioners Forum. He is the only Iwi Leader on this forum that works for NZ Police with their National Police Work Shops. Neville presents himself his leadership and skill set to members for a place on the Chamber’s Board.