More about Keith
  • Born February 1955 in West London and raised in Heston near London Heathrow airport.
  • Primary education was at Springwell infants and junior schools until the age of 11.
  • He was moved to Orpington in Kent and received a second educational sentence at St. Olave's Grammar School, firstly in central London, and later in Orpington. He hated it and escaped at the age of 17 following disagreements about his future direction - "' they wanted him to go to uni' and he said No, No, No….. "
  • He joined an apprenticeship as an electronics engineer and left as a business process and strategy manager 35 years later
  • He helps make things happen from behind the scenes, often for charity.
Relevance to now…
Keith has always had an interest in the performing arts, especially music. He was not taken to many shows as a child but at the few opportunities he had to see people perform he was fascinated by 'how they did that'. It wasn't so much any particular performer, but the way a show was put together. As he grew into his teens he was constantly amazed how very competent musicians could spoil a show by not having good sound or lighting. It wasn't until much later when he was in a band himself that he decided to do something about it.

Ladybird Studios had a long history from the days of supporting a mobile disco' and local bands, and focussed primarily of sound engineering and recording. When in the band 'BR6' he splashed out on some lighting, but continued to be horrified by the attitude of the rest of the band regarding the importance of the 'whole show' being the package that people came to see. However not everyone was like that and after some work with am-dram he got involved in local festivals where he was able to use his recording and lighting skills. This has also given him exposure to expertise in all aspects of running a large scale event, from promotion and ticketing, to heavy power engineering.

The opportunity to be involved in the 'A Throne of Shadows' project has increased lighting and video skills, and although it is still very much 'make it up as we go along' we are getting better by the day. No-one should ever stop learning and experience is your most valuable qualification.

…and some history…
Keith was apprenticed to Post Office Telecommunications International and, after completing their world leading training programme he specialised in telemetry and switching which formed the backbone of international communications in those days. He quickly progressed into the troubleshooting and forensic side of communications management which naturally led to the design of specialist surveillance and analysis tools. This was his introduction to computing, which until that time was used almost exclusively in the financial sector.

He helped harness this new technology for a range of automation and analysis functions using anything from bespoke micro-processor based solutions up to mainframe programming. He was a pioneer of touch-screen and touch-pad technologies alongside Hewlett Packard who developed the hardware.
This was used to great effect providing remote control and communications into an oil production environment from the newly commissioned satellite earth station in Aberdeen. Alongside the technical engineering skills used, commercial grade project management was very quickly learnt. Professional management companies like Bechtel do not take prisoners.

Career 'progress' then focussed on the definition, development and implementation of BT's business and technical strategies. Keith is one of the few people who know what 'strategy' actually means. Then he got bored and frustrated by the 'corporate management crap' and left.

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