Keith Mitchell qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967 and enjoyed a successful career in publishing and professional education until selling his business interests in 1990 to enter public service. He was an Adderbury parish councillor from 1988 to 2008 and was re-elected in a by-election on 26 January 2017. He supports the development of the Milton Road site for sports and community facilities and is a trustee of Working For Adderbury Community. He also supports The Mill Arts Centre Trust, the Friends of the Community of Adderbury Library and the Warriner Multi-Academy Trust. He served as an Oxfordshire County Councillor from 1989 to 2013. He served as Social Services Spokesman in the hung council from 1995 to 1999. He was Conservative Group Leader from 1999 and was elected Leader of the Council in November 2001. He stood down as Leader on 15 May 2012 but remained a County Councillor until 2 May 2013. He held regional and national roles in local government including the South East Regional Assembly, the South East England Development Agency and the Local Government Association. He was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2007 for services to Local Government. Although retired twice from major jobs, he has not fully retired; he probably never will – just changed roles. Keith’s modern political heroes are Winston Churchill, Ronald Regan and Margaret Thatcher. His political dislikes are superannuated lefties, political correctness and an emphasis on rights to the exclusion of responsibilities.