Keith was born in Scotland and graduated from Oxford University. He served with the British Army before working as a war correspondent in Africa with The Times. He then joined the Swire Group as a commercial manager in Hong Kong and Manila. In the early 1990s he served with the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office and was political adviser to Commander UN Forces in Bosnia during the civil war. In 1995 he moved back to Asia as a stockbroker, and subsequently investment banker, working in the Philippines and Hong Kong.
He returned to London and joined Hakluyt & Company, a strategic intelligence and advisory firm, in 2000, first as Marketing Director and then, between 2006 and 2016, as CEO.
He is Founder and Managing Director of Westbury Partners, which mentors senior executives around decisions in the areas of public policy, strategy and capital markets. He is Chairman of Rubicon Asset Management, a non-executive director of Oxford Nanoimaging and of Schroders Asia Pacific Fund, a board member at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, a member of the Advisory Board of Cancer Research UK and an advisor to Oxford Sciences Innovation.
Keith is married to Katrina, and they have two teenage children.