Keith completed graduate and postgraduate studies in Chemistry at both Heriot-Watt and Hamburg Universities, and is now also an Honorary Fellow of Energy Policy at the University of Exeter.
Following 8 years at BDF, a chemical company in Germany, Keith returned to Scotland and led a contract research business at IRI before working 20 years at energy utility SSE.
He has worked in a variety of areas in energy and was also responsible for starting-up and running SSE’s telecoms business. For the last 10 years he has been responsible for sustainable development, policy, public affairs as well as research and development.
Keith has acted as an advisor on renewable energy policy to both the UK and Scottish Governments and has been involved in many industry advisory and working groups. He is currently the industry Chair of the Energy Research Partnership.
He has been very active in trade associations having served on the Boards of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy and its successor, Energy UK, as well as Scottish Renewables, the Micropower Council, BWEA and EWEA.
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