Following his appointment as British Rails youngest Station Manager at 21 in the South East, Keith returned to his native Yorkshire and in 1976 Co-founded an Independent Financial Advisory business which he ran for over 30 years.
Keith was appointed Chairman of the Yorkshire Society in 2002 and soon became known as ‘Mr Yorkshire’. He has a deep commitment to promoting “unity in the community” and through his association with the Yorkshire Society has engaged with members of the diverse cultures to be found in Yorkshire to work together to promote understanding, mutual respect and seek opportunities to engage in various ways.
Keith has an abiding interest in education and young people and in 2007 was appointed Chair of Governors of the David Young Community Academy in Leeds. Furthering his interest in the welfare and wellbeing of young people, Keith was appointed Regional Chair of the Prince’s Trust in 2009 and completed his 3 year term in 2012. Keith founded a new business club in Leeds, Trinity Club Leeds, in 2014 which became Unity Club in 2017 and is now based at Leeds Beckett University furthering links between Business and Education. One of his main current roles is to seek opportunities by working with the corporate sector to identify new topics for the highly successful Cones Children’s books.
He was awarded the MBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List for “Service to the Communities of Yorkshire.” He was installed as an Honorary Lay Canon of Ripon Cathedral in 2013 for his work at the David Young Community Academy and service to the business community of Leeds.
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