The first seven years of Kevin's career were spent in the merchant navy as a radio/electronics officer. Having travelled the world and enjoyed the sights and sounds of many exotic places, he came ashore in 1986 and worked for a period with an electronic test and measurement instrumentation company in Ireland.
Kevin joined what was then Southampton Institute in 1987 as a lecturer specialising in the education and training of marine radio officers. His maritime electronics qualifications were extended by taking a first degree with the Open University in 1992 and an MSc Satellite Communications Engineering masters at the University of Surrey in 1994. Corporate membership of the IET and chartered engineer status were achieved in 1999.
Kevin enjoyed several years teaching computer network engineering and electronic communications to BSc and BEng undergraduate students. More recently he joined the simulation department located at Warsash Maritime Academy to lead the provision of their GMDSS courses.
Kevin maintains strong links with maritime education and training by being an examiner and examination centre co-ordinator for GMDSS radio qualifications in the south of England. He is also a member of the executive council of the Association of Marine Electronic and Radio Colleges (AMERC), a member of the Marine Radio Advisory and Technical Committee, which deals with policy and technical aspects of maritime radio and also a member of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) Technical Committee.