Dr Kevin Parker trained as a chemist (Edinburgh and Cambridge), and worked for 12 years with British Petroleum. Of that time 6 years was spent in R&D, (where he won BP's top internal research prize) and 6 years as a 'fast-track' operational manager. During his period in management he worked in: sales and marketing, literally 'selling oil to the Arabs' ($5m p.a.); international marketing, and technico-economic corporate planning.
In 1992 he left BP to graduate from London Business School's Sloan Masters Programme, with distinctions in entrepreneurial finance, environmental economics and international business development.
In 1993 he founded his own consultancy KKI Associates, and during the period up to 1997 specialized in gaining opportunities for technological companies in Eastern Europe to export to the UK and US. He carried out over 30 broad-ranging market research and business development projects over a three-year period. As a result, KKI was asked to provide training and advice to an 18 month EU PHARE project restructuring agricultural and petrochemical research institutes in Romania and the Ukraine.
Since 1995 Kevin has worked on many projects with Z/Yen Group Ltd, the London-based risk/reward consultancy. With Z/Yen he has: led an engineering project for the Defence Research Agency (DRA); devised risk-based cost of capital for the European Fertilizer Industry; worked in financial and IT projects in the health and not-for profit sector, and carried out extensive work in the facilities management and support service industries. In 2003 Kevin helped Z/Yen gain a DTI SMART award for its PropheZy decision support software. Recently, he has contributed to various projects looking at costs and opportunities of carbon dioxide trading for companies and organisations.
From 1997 KKI has worked with many technology based business start-ups, especially spins-outs from Scottish Universities. 5 of these companies were recently listed by Scottish Business Insider magazine as being among Scotland top spin-outs, 9 have gained SMART Scotland or similar awards. 3 (Lux Biotechnology, Reactec, BlueSky Telemetry) have gone on to notable investment funding and commercial success.
Kevin has carried out extensive business training for companies, start-ups, Universities and Research Institutes. He has recently been appointed an Associate of the National School for Government (the old Civil Service College).
Kevin is a cub leader and carries out pro bono adult leader training for the Scout Association. He is a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh University, teaching a popular postgraduate course on accounting and operational research. A refereed paper based on 'Great Mistakes in Commercializing Technology' was published in the Journal of Strategic Change.