The Master

Graham Baker FInstM, MIoD

Master 2018-2019

The Worshipful Company of Butchers

 

Graham was born in Rugby in 1952, the youngest of 4 Brothers, and grew up on the nearby family farm.  In addition to farming, his Father was a Wholesaler of meat throughout the Midlands from his abattoir in Rugby.  Graham was educated at Lucton School, Herefordshire and then at Blackpool College of Technology & Art where he attained the Institute of Meat Final Certificate.

Upon leaving college, Graham joined his 3 older Brothers developing the meat business.  Over a period of years, the operation moved to Crick in Northamptonshire and became the largest beef slaughtering plant in Europe, employing up to 1200 people.  As Plant Director, Graham ran the Factory.  In the mid-1990s Graham founded Butcher’s Pet Care to use by-products to produce pet food.

After the BSE Crisis, the meat plant was closed and a new pet food plant built which is Graham’s business today.  Butcher’s Pet Care is one of the largest pet food canning plants in the world, producing 6 million products per week.

In 1992, Graham married Elizabeth who, at the time, was an Assistant Solicitor at Slaughter and May.  Elizabeth joined the Livery in 2018.  They have 3 children and Graham has 3 children by a previous marriage.

Graham is a Fellow of The Institute of Meat, a Member of The Institute of Directors and a Patron of The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Fellowship.  Graham received The Meat Management Excellence Award in 2016.

Graham’s interests are his family, Rugby football, shooting and Sudoku.