Keith joined Anglo American in 1928 as a young enthusiastic 19 year old, with a passion for mining. His talent was spotted by then Chairman Sir Ernest, who encouraged his interest and ability. Following active service in World War ll, he was appointed resident director of Anglo in the newly established Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, given the remit of the Trust, his inputs were essential. In recognition of his contribution to the economy of the Federation, he was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E) by Queen Elizabeth II of England, and subsequently knighted.