Born and bred in Wolverhampton, Ken attended Wolverhampton Grammar School and served in various capacities in Barclays bank Plc until he suffered a heart attack in 1990. As part of his recovery programme he joined and later became Chairman of the local heart support group, Wolverhampton Coronary Aftercare Support Group.
In this capacity he was heavily involved in the planning and provision of the first tertiary centre in Wolverhampton, the Wolverhampton Heart and Lung Centre, having organized a town-wide petition of over 10,000 signatures to bring it into being. As a result of his untiring efforts on behalf of local heart patients and carers, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year’s Honours List 2000.
His Support Group is the sole registered charity for the Heart and Lung Centre and continues to raise funds and serve the heart patients of Wolverhampton and the surrounding area and their carers. In 2008 the Group gained national recognition by receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, equivalent to an MBE.
Ken has been active on cardiovascular committees locally, across the Black Country and the West Midlands, and also nationally (BHF, BCS, RCP and Dept. of Health), and in 2008 was elected as President of Heart Care Partnership (UK), the patient arm of the British Cardiovascular Society, a position he held for a four-year period. Ken continues to be a champion for heart patients and their carers in all that he does.
In addition, Ken is a Baptist Church Treasurer and Treasurer for the West Midland Boys’ Brigade.