Keith began his working life with the EveryReady group of Companies then moving on to NG Bailey followed by a move from private to public sector when he joined Stockton Council, specialising in Financial Support for the Direct Labour operations during the early days of Compulsory Competitive Tendering. Finding an affinity for Local Authority work he embarked on a 20-year career at Hartlepool Borough Council where he worked as Principal Accountant, Assistant Treasurer and finally Assistant Director of Neighbourhood Services. His commercial background proved invaluable during a time of major change in Local Government.
Rugby Union has been a passion for Keith from a young age, where he enjoyed a very happy playing career with Hartlepool Rovers during the 70s and 80s. At the age of 28 he took up scuba diving, achieving the grade of Dive Master and Instructor Grade of National Instructor – this led him to instruct on both a National and International Level. In the early 1990s he undertook the voluntary role of Treasurer/Director of the Sub Aqua Association, a post he held for five years.
Throughout life he has lived by the mantra of “It’s not what others can do for me but what I can do for them”. The role he undertakes with TVCF has given him the opportunity to take this to a much larger scale than he ever dreamt possible.
When asked what he loved about our area, Keith’s reply was very much in keeping with his humour and passion - “Hartlepool and the hanging monkey, the Cleveland Hills and the pride that shipbuilding brought to the area”.