More about Keith
  • Born during 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 following disagreements about his future direction - "' They wanted him to go to uni' and he said No, No, No….. " to misquote the song….
  • Instead he started contributing to the national economy aged 17 by joined an engineering apprenticeship, had far more fun than Uni could ever provide, and left his regularly paid career as a business process and strategy manager 35 years later
  • Now 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 artists could have their show spoilt 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 has a long history, from the days of supporting a mobile disco' and local bands, up to now, focussing on audio / visual recording, production, and lighting. Over the past few years we have:-
- mixed several bands from live multitrack recordings,
- provided lighting for a music festival,
- videoed festivals and a major dramatic show,
- provided staging for art events,
- produced two full length web-videos.

…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.
Touch technology was used to great effect providing remote control and communications into oil production environments and the newly commissioned satellite earth station in Aberdeen. Alongside the technical engineering skills used, commercial grade project management was rapidly 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.

He finally got bored and frustrated by the 'corporate management crap' and left.

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