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Keith is managing director of public relations firm Jackson PR Associates Pty Ltd which has clients in Australia and Papua New Guinea. He worked in PNG as a teacher, broadcaster and journalist

Biography

Keith, managing director of Queensland-based public relations firm Jackson PR Associates, trained at the Australian School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA) as a cadet education officer, arriving in Papua New Guinea in 1963 at age 18.

His first teaching post was at Kundiawa, where he also established a local newsletter, the Kundiawa News, and was a correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, the South Pacific Post and Pacific Islands Monthly.

After three years teaching, he was transferred to Port Moresby as editor of school publications, later joining the ABC to write and produce educational broadcasts. He moved to the Government Broadcasting Service in 1970, managing radio stations in Rabaul and Bougainville.

Around the time of PNG's independence in 1975, Keith was appointed head of policy and planning of the new National Broadcasting Commission.

After leaving PNG in 1976, he worked in a range of communications development roles in Indonesia, Maldives, India, Philippines and Fiji. Back in Australia, he established and managed radio stations 2ARM-FM Armidale and 2SER-FM Sydney.

Keith lectured in mass communication at ASOPA's successor, the International Training Institute, becoming deputy principal before rejoining the ABC as General Manager Corporate Relations, responsible for relationships with government, media and community.

After working with public relations firm Mojo in the late eighties, Keith established his own communications company in 1991. Jackson PR Associates is its latest manifestation providing integrated public relations services in Australia and Papua New Guinea. One of the company's major clients is Bougainville Copper Ltd.

Keith has a BA in economics and political science from the University of Papua New Guinea and a Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of New England.

He received the PNG Independence Medal in 1976 and, in 2004, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to management and training in media, communications and public relations .

He served as President of the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia from 2008-09 and as inaugural President of the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Society from 2009-11. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, an Honorary Member of the Australian Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and a Member of the Australian Society of Authors.

The photograph of Keith shows him taking a "whisper ballot" from a voter during the first general election in PNG in February 1964. The election patrol of which he was a member walked through mountainous terrain south of Chuave in the Simbu region gathering votes as part of a nationwide operation