Keith graduated from Newcastle University and then followed a career in practical farm management for 6 years. He then changed to a technically based role as Velcourt’s Technical Director, supporting Velcourt’s team of 45 farm managers in crop production technology and managing Velcourt’s in-house research and development activity for 30 years. Keith is now a free lance, independent consultant.
Keith has worked on various overseas farming activities in Spain, France, Germany, Zambia, Russia and the Ukraine.
Keith has led and participated in many collaborative research projects, and has worked with all the major Agrochemical manufacturers, providing independent evaluation of new and existing active ingredients.
Keith is actively involved with many world-leading research institutions; he is a trustee of the John Innes Foundation, is a JIC Council member, a member of the AHDB Wheat RL committee and has served on the Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee for six years.
Keith was awarded the Farm Advisor of the Year in the Farmers Weekly Awards in 2013