More about Keith
  • Born during February 1955 in West London and raised in Heston near London Heathrow airport until the age of 11.
  • He was moved to Orpington in Kent and received secondary education 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 joined an engineering apprenticeship and started contributing to the national economy aged 17. That provided far more fun than Uni' could ever have (and he was paid for it !!).
  • He enjoyed customer and business facing managerial roles, but the best times were when he was designing and implementing ground breaking technical solutions - R&D but with fewer constraints.
  • He now uses the skills learnt then, and many more to help 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 much as a child but at the few opportunities he had to see people perform professionally he was fascinated by 'how they did that'. It wasn't so much any particular performer, but the way a show was put together. Over the years 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 directly involved in performances himself that he decided to do something about it.

Ladybird Studios has a long history. It started back in the 1970s supporting a mobile disco' and recording local bands, up to now, focussing on audio / video recording, production, and lighting. Over the past few years we have:-
- mixed several bands from live multitrack recordings,
- provided lighting for music festivals and shows,
- provided staging for art events,
and
- produced full length web-videos, short films and live music videos.

…and some history…
Keith was apprenticed to Post Office Telecommunications International and, after completing their 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 to mainframe programming. He was a pioneer of touch-screen and touch-pad technologies working with Hewlett Packard who developed the hardware.
Touch technology was used to great effect in providing remote control and communications into oil production environments in Sweden 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' really means and he co-wrote a course on the subject for Cranfield University.

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

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