Keith Turner received his BSc in Chemistry from London University in 1971 after a four year sandwich course with BP, during which time he spent industrial training periods at Sunbury Research Centre, Baglan Bay Chemical Factory and Belfast Oil Refinery. He was awarded a DPhil by Sussex University in 1974 for research work into Organometallic chemistry with Professor M.F. Lappert.
He then worked for three years with Rohm & Haas UK Ltd. in Tyneside as a process development chemist on acrylic and methacrylic monomers and polymerisation chemistry.
In 1978 he moved to Davy Powergas process research and development group on Teesside (now Davy Process Technology) where he worked on the development of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysed processes for the organic and petrochemical industries.
As well as laboratory investigations, he also participated and led teams involved in the marketing and commercialisation of technologies including licensing evaluations. He finally became Business Development Co-ordinator where he co-ordinated R&D and commercial activities between Davy and its various collaborators.
In 1991 he joined US based Catalyst Consultants at its UK office in East Sussex as a project manager and left to set up his own consultancy practice in November 1992. He undertakes consultancy work in the field of catalysis, chemical process development and develops and offers training for personnel in these industries.