Skempton Consulting

Keith Skempton CBE DL

Keith Skempton provides consultancy and advice for design and management organisations, building contractors and developers primarily, but not exclusively, in the defence, logistics and security sector. 

Advice is aimed at identifying projects and procurement opportunities and bringing together the team that can win the contract or co-ordinating the elements of the overall project.


Target projects tend to be for the development of real estate requiring design for best value.


Keith Skempton is a retired Army Major General having completed a full career in infantry and logistic appointments.  He is President of SSAFA for Cheshire and has a close interest in The Mercian Regiment, the heritage of The Cheshire Regiment and the Cheshire Military Museum at Chester.  He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire


Railway Project

Keith is currently engaged in a privately-run commercial project aimed at re-instigating up to c20 miles of railway line primarily for freight and business use although there is the potential of operating passenger services where demand is appropriate.  The line is linked to the West Coast mainline at Stoke with the critical piece of restoration required between Stoke and Leekbrook.  Apart from commercial efficiency for the prospective clients, the project will have considerable environmental value by taking heavy traffic off the local roads.  The project is at the stage where investment capital is being sought to initiate the reconstruction of the line.  Moorland & City Railways (MCR) is also seeking support for public funding through the 'Restore Your Railway Fund' introduced by the Government at the beginning of this year.

The line offers numerous additional opportunities for commercial and public use.  

Part of the line is currently used by Churnet Valley Railway (CVR), a heritage railway (picture), and they are working on the opportunity for them to expand their network, initially to Leek.

Government Restoring Your Railway Fund

The Government has offered a c£500m Fund to restore railway lines that were cut during the Beeching Review and other times. Moorland & City Railways Limited has submitted a bid to the "Ideas Fund" second tranch (May 2020) to restore the 10 miles from Stoke to Leekbrook and thence access to Leek, restoring the railway stations as part of the proposal.  A First Tranch shortlist has recently been announced by Grant Shapps.


SSAFA - Volunteers?

SSAFA Cheshire Branch are looking for volunteers within the region.  Roles include case workers, who are the front line in meeting personnel who require assistance.   The Branch is also looking for administrators to help with accounts and fund raisers to help organise events to help awareness and raise funds for the Branch.  

Cheshire Military Museum

The Cheshire Military Museum is based at the Castle, Chester (CH1 2DN).  It covers the regiments of the County with a particular focus on The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment.  Live archives are maintained at the Museum which is also the Regimental Headquarters of the Mercian Regiment (Chester).

1917 Film

The Film "1917" was relesed at the beginning of the year and is now available on some TV and streaming channels.  The film is a work of fiction based on the battle scenarios of the time.  Mark Strong is shown wearing the uniform and badges of the Cheshire Regiment.  The Museum contains the real detail including a full size trench which gives the visitor the real scale of living in such conditions.  Worth a visit! 

Skempton Consulting

For the past 12 years Keith has been undertaking Non-Executive advice and Business Development in the Defence and Security Property and Infrastructure Sector, with defence businesses and contractors, developing, rationalizing or disposing of their real estate at best value.  Since leaving the Army as a Major General, he has also been involved in Defence Manufacturing, Real Estate and Facilities Management projects.  His subject interest is UK-wide and he is now available as an independent consultant.

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