Candidate Profile

Espionage, Intelligence & Spying
History - General
Keith is a consultant in education management and teaching skills. He works independently and has been employed by organisations such as Nottingham Trent University as a quality assurance consultant for postgraduate teacher training courses. Prior to this he was a college lecturer and manager, a career culminating in the position of HR Director at Lincoln College with responsibility for 250 full-time and 300 part-time academic staff. He is the co-author of five standard textbooks on teaching skills for college lecturers.

Keith has been a cruise ship speaker since 2011 and has worked with Cunard, P & O, Saga, Fred.Olsen and Princess Lines. To date he has completed more than 20 cruise contracts with talks based on his experience during the Cold War as a RAF intelligence officer and on his research into recent developments in cyber espionage. Additionally, Keith offers talks on various aspects of modern history.

Keith lives in Lincolnshire with his wife Nancy, who is also a cruise ship speaker.
Espionage and Intelligence topics

1. From George Smiley to Edward Snowden – the rise and rise of cyber espionage
The world of the Cold War spy has been overtaken by sophisticated electronic spying on an industrial and international scale. This talk traces the development of cyber espionage in the 21st Century and the intertwined relationship between espionage, computers and the internet that affects us all. This talk is illustrated with current examples of cyber espionage in the Mediterranean and Western Europe

2. Cyber Warfare: a game of two halves
GCHQ and NSA are now doing more than eavesdropping. They are actively involved in disruption and sabotage (cyber warfare) and also in protecting our own cyber infrastructure (cyber security) - the two halves of this talk. It includes some of the more bizarre and dangerous events of cyber warfare and security in the Mediterranean area and highlights the potential conflict between the interests of the State and individual privacy.

2. Life as a spook
An introduction to the secret world of Cold War signals intelligence. Some personal recollections of life as an intelligence officer working with the RAF in the Far East and the UK. The talk is illustrated with examples of signals intelligence operations in the Mediterranean and Western Europe.

3. Working with GCHQ
The story of the UK’s secretive code breaking and intelligence gathering organization, its successes and failures, along with more personal reminiscences.

4. Working with the cousins: NSA and the UK/USA ‘special relationship’
What do we mean by the intelligence community? The story of how the community has developed since the Second World War in a world now facing threats from terrorism and cyber warfare.

5. Secrecy, spies and scandals: the not so secret service
Signals intelligence is not so secret now. The story of how attitudes to secrecy have changed since the Cold War and how spies like Geoffrey Prime and whistleblowers like Edward Snowden didn’t play by the rules of the game.

6. Signals intelligence can seriously damage your health
Intelligence analysts do not always work in safe comfortable offices. This talk tells the stories of some of those who became casualties of the secret intelligence war.

7. JFK and Cuba: the uses and abuses of intelligence
Intelligence can be used effectively or badly. This lecture uses President John Kennedy’s dealings with Cuba in the 1960s to illustrate two contrasting approaches to the use of intelligence: one disastrous, the other successful.

8. Bletchley Park and the Ultra secret
The story of the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. How the decryption of German radio messages made a significant contribution to the allied victory and remained a secret for nearly 30 years.

Historical topics

9. The Charge of the Light Brigade; a failure of communication
This talk analyses the disastrous cavalry charge in the Crimean war, and how its lessons can be applied today in the way military commanders communicate and use intelligence.

10. A Study in Leadership: Shackleton and Bligh
Ernest Shackleton and William Bligh had similar experiences of leading a party of men to safety in the face of appalling privations and conditions, but they did so using very different styles of leadership. This talk looks at two contrasting leadership styles and what makes a good leader.

11. Edward VIII and the Abdication Crisis; a study in role conflict
We all play many roles in our daily life, and often these roles conflict. This lecture looks at the consequences of consequences of role conflict for King Edward VIII and suggests ways of managing this major cause of stress in our daily lives.
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Viking Sun SU190525 Viking Homelands 14 Bergen Saturday, May 25, 2019
Queen Mary 2 M738 Westbound Transatlantic Crossing 7 Southampton Friday, October 13, 2017
Saga Pearl 11 P2183 Autumn in the Canaries 13 Southampton Sunday, September 24, 2017
Queen Elizabeth Q703-715 World Cruise 2017 120 Southampton Saturday, January 7, 2017
Saga Sapphire SA307 Captain Rentell's Final Mystery Cruise 23 Southampton Monday, November 7, 2016
Saga Sapphire SA305 Grand Mediterranean Voyage 31 Southampton Friday, September 23, 2016
Queen Victoria V603 World Cruise 2016 121 Southampton Sunday, January 10, 2016