a degree in mathematics at Edinburgh University, Ken spent 18
months teaching in Tanzania before returning to a job as a
systems analyst in industry in the UK. With African interests,
however, he returned to university to undertake research on
the policies and decision-making methods of voluntary organizations,
particularly in East Africa. This eventually led to the award
of a PhD.
has held a number of senior positions in development
charities: Head of International Service for the UK United
Nations Association; Executive Director of the health care
charity Health Link International; Deputy Director of the
British Refugee Council and UK Director of the Intermediate
Technology Development Group. He also served on the boards of
various organizations including War on Want, Oxfam UK, the
Council for the Advancement of Arab British Understanding and
the Western Sahara Campaign (of which he has been Treasurer
for the past 20 years).
addition to, and as a consequence of, his international
interests, Ken became actively involved in British politics.
Having fought three general elections for the Labour Party,
all in hopelessly unwinnable seats, he became a convert to
electoral reform. In 1997 he was appointed Chief Executive of
the Electoral Reform Society, a membership organization which
has been campaigning for democratic reform for 120 years.