KG-portrait2-275x275Kevin always planned to be a Civil Engineer. After graduating in Structural Engineering and winning the ‘Institution of Civil Engineers Prize’ at the University of Bradford he accepted a scholarship to study for an MBA. Following his MBA he enjoyed some years as a construction engineer working on projects including the Birmingham NEC, M54 Motorway and Pedigree Petfoods Head office.

But then it changed

His frustration at the inefficiency of the construction industry encouraged him to seek new areas of challenge. He was invited to join Dow Corning Manufacturing as a management accountant and enjoyed four years of accountancy study and the development of his commercial skills.

He then followed his passion (and a Sunday Times job ad!) to join Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited as a Regional Manager. After 4 years of steadily increasing responsibility he was asked at the age of 32 to accept the role of Managing Director. He remained at Porsche for 5 years where his team rebuilt the brand and turned a business close to bankruptcy into the UK’s most profitable car business. During this period the company bought and revitalised Lamborghini GB Limited and reorganised and remodelled the AFN motor retail group.

He was invited to accept the role as Group CEO of BMW GB Limited where he led the repositioning of the BMW brand and 4 years of record growth. He left BMW to follow his vision of remodelling the automotive sector by the establishment of CarsDirect.com, one of the first generation of online retailers of new cars.

A broad portfolio

Kevin now enjoys an active interest in a number of businesses. Some of his current and prior companies are listed below:

Current investments and board positions:

traderootTraderoot Technology Pty
www.traderoot.com
Based in Cape Town, South Africa. Traderoot is a financial technology company which has developed and owns the Traderoot ecommerce platform (TEP) providing a complete range of ecommerce functionality, including mobile payments. With successful deployments to a broad range of international clients, including national clearing houses, the TEP platform is considered to be one of the market’s leading enablers for all aspects of ecommerce.

Traderoot has differentiated itself by applying e-commerce technology to a wide range of industries: Petroleum, Financial, Retail, Tourism, Health Care, Banking, Security, Insurance and Communications. The versatility of Traderoot’s systems is a measure of the TEP potency and has delivered value in all these sectors by providing outstanding security, reliability and speed in processing payments and transactions.

Currently heavily focused on supporting the global 2.5 billion of unbanked adults to achieve commercial accessibility.


 

dornetcourtDorney Court Kitchen Garden
www.dckg.co.uk
Based in Dorney, Windsor, UK. A young team of enthusiastic gardener designers and landscape architects have revitalised a failed garden centre to produce, within 3 years, one of the UK’s Top 25 Gourmet Garden Centres (Telegraph Newspaper). From their inspirational venue combining great plants, fresh food and local produce the team were invited to build the Diamond Jubilee Garden, Windsor, Berkshire, in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.


 

delvvioDelvv.IO
Delvv.IO
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Delvv.IO is an international marketing research agency. Combining the power of technology with advertising research methodology the Delvv.IO platform provides brand clients with unbiased, actionable and critical feedback from a global community of sector relevant creative professionals. The business has been selected as a finalist for the endeavour Excelerator portfolio of high-impact entrepreneurs 2016..


 

conceptualeyesConceptualeyes.co.za
www.conceptualeyes.co.za
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company employs skilled artists and visual strategists to support information transfer, retention and application within commercial organisations. Visual strategy covering content and style is used to substantially improve information transfer efficiency and effectiveness. This is especially valuable in workforces where spoken and written English is not a first language or developed skill. Capture It, Live Drawing Events and other products are employed to add creativity to events, meetings and conferences.


 

lifestrawLifestraw
www.lifestraw.com
Based in Cape Town, South Africa. LifeStraw® SA distributes water filters which convert contaminated water into clean, safe drinking water. The filters are a vital tool for some 800 million people globally who don’t have ready access to safe drinking water. This lack of water kills more than 1.5 million people every year.


 

Previous investments and board positions:

motorietyMotoriety
www.motoriety.co.uk
Based in London, UK. Provides a secure online platform for vehicle owners to manage all aspects of car ownership, administration and maintenance. Cloud-based allows users to securely store and digitally verify car-related documents and build digital service and usage history.


 

fairlineFairline Boats
www.fairline.com
Based in Oundle, UK. Fairline Boats is a British luxury motor yacht builder. Started in 1963 the company presently builds motor yachts from 38 feet to 78 feet in both its original Oundle base as well as in Corby, Northamptonshire.


 

courlandCourland International
www.courland.com
Based in London, UK. Executive search consultants for the automotive and associated sectors. In recent years the business has expanded to a broader global footprint and a wider sector penetration.


 

motoringMotoring.co.uk
www.motoring.co.uk
Based in Manchester, UK. The largest independently owned automotive website in the UK. The first online player to create a hub and assist car drivers through the entire purchase and ownership experience.


 

achillesAchilles Information
www.achilles.com
Based in Abingdon, UK. Achilles allows trading partners to share high quality, structured, real-time data. Using cloud-based technology and industry expertise the company acts as an independent partner, providing validated data and insightful analytics to enable buyers across a sector to identify and manage risk and suppliers to increase market reach while increasing compliance and minimising costs.


 

eurotaxglasesEurotaxglass’s Group
www.eurotaxglass.com
Based in Weybridge, UK. Europe’s largest provider of automotive data. Provides global coverage for data products and technology solutions at every stage of a vehicle’s lifecycle. From key valuation, technical and fleet management data, to estimating, bodyshop and dealer management systems and web-based services.


 

epyxEpyx
www.epyx.com
Based Meriden, UK. Epyx provides a SAAS system linking vehicle repair garages to fleet operators. The service assists in the management of vehicle maintenance, service, and repair by automating repair authorisation and service appointment administration.


 

carsdirectCarsDirect
www.carsdirect.com
Based El Segundo, California. Online automotive research portal and car buying service based in that allows consumers to research, price, purchase, insure and finance a vehicle online.


 

bmwBMW
www.bmw.com
Based in Munich, Germany. Manufacturer and distributor of premium automobiles.


 

porschePorsche
www.porsche.com
Based in Stuttgart, Germany. Manufacturer and distributor of premium automobiles.


 

lamborghiniLamborghini
www.lamborghini.com
Based in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. Manufacturer and distributor of premium automobiles.