Keith originates from Northumberland and moved to Aylesbury in 1991 eventually moving to Fairford Leys in 2000.
He is the first Clerk of Coldharbour Parish Council having spent a short time as Deputy Clerk to Stone with Bishopstone & Hartwell Parish Council. He is experienced in national and local government work and has worked in various government departments.
Keith is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Local Council Clerks (Bucks Branch) and is currently Chairman of the Bucks Branch as well as Bucks Representative on the National Forum of SLCC. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Local Council Management (FILCM) and a Member of the Institute of Leadership & Management (MILM) – He holds the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) along with Section 7 Qualification – General Powers of Competence. Keith also serves the public in his role as a Justice of the Peace (Deputy Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Bench) and is Chairman of The Joyce Trust.
Keith spend over 20 years as a local school governor appointed by the Local Education Authority and later by the Oxford Diocese, serving as Chairman of Quarrendon School Board of Governors and later as Vice-Chairman of The Aylesbury Vale Academy. He has also held trusteeships of an international and national charity dealing with immunology issues and was, for many years, a member of the Consultative Panel of the Human Genetics Commission. He has an interest in matters relating to immunology and genetic diseases and has represented charities abroad, speaking at various events, including the European Parliament, on matters relating to caring for people with long-term illnesses and genetic life-threatening conditions. He has worked with Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital on the Steering Committee for “Jeans for Genes”.
As the Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer of Coldharbour Parish Council, he is the main point of contact for the Parish of Coldharbour and attends many meetings and functions representing the council and residents of the parish. He is in contact with the various business owners and works with The Ernest Cook Trust on matters relating to Fairford Leys, the County and District Councils through their Officers and Members and many other stakeholders working in and for Fairford Leys.