Keith has a science based doctorate and an educational background that includes teaching at secondary, tertiary and adult levels. Keith has a longstanding involvement as a SAR volunteer, initially as a field based volunteer in Wairoa SAR and then as a field team leader for Hokitika SAR. Keith was appointed as a SAR Advisor in 2002 and since then has been active member of police led Incident Management Teams across the Tasman region and has worked as Planning and Intelligence Manager on numerous multi day SAR operations from Haast to Motueka. He is also has a Civil Defence involvement and has been instrumental in the formation of a local CD community response team. Keith is a self-employed director of a company that designs and delivers emergency management training.