Location: LT2, A Floor, Pam Liversidge Building, Faculty of Engineering, University of Sheffield S1 3JD
Abstract: Climate change requires two fundamental responses from the global society: one is adaptation, which the rich will undoubtedly do and in the most part successfully and the other is mitigation, which ensures that the inequality currently pervasive in the world is at least contained and that we avoid disastrous long term global conditions. The former is just the same questions with bigger answers, the latter is a revolution in the way we run our economies and societies.
Keith trained as an architect in Brighton and received a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He worked for the New York City government in economic development, primarily on low income and minority employment issues. After ten years, Keith returned to the UK to work for Olympia & York as VP Planning on Phase 2 of Canary Wharf and Heron Quay. In 1992 Keith joined Trafalgar House to run their construction companies worldwide. In 1996, Trafalgar House was taken over by Kvaerner and Keith continued to work for them as a senior executive team member responsible for construction activities in the UK, Poland, Czech Republic, South Africa, India, Hong Kong, China and the Middle East. In 2000 Kvaerner Construction was acquired by Skanska AB and Keith took on the role of Executive Vice President within company’s Senior Executive Team taking responsibility for all the business activities of Skanska in the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic. In 2003, Keith joined WS Atkins, as Chief Executive, retiring in August 2011.Keith was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2011 for services to the engineering and construction industry. Today he continues to use the experience he has gained during a career spanning over 40 years to work with a number of businesses and organisations in a non-executive or advisory position.