Kev Marriott, Engineer, Solutioneer, Conservationist, a former UK Special Forces Communicator and Soldier, left the British Army after 14-years to pursue a business career. He spent 8 years with 264 (SAS) Signal Squadron as a member of a Signals Troop within an SAS Sabre Squadron providing tactical communications and technical surveillance capability on UK Counter Terrorist (CT) operations and overseas deployments throughout the Middle East, Africa & Central Asia. His last 2 years were spent within a discreet Special Forces compartment supporting ‘Other Government Departments’ and ‘agencies’ OGD/OGA and multi-nations objectives.
Upon leaving the Army, he established and co-founded Kinetic Six, a limited UK based company that became heavily involved in providing secure communications, technical support and services to wildlife protection organizations throughout Africa. Kev served as the Technical Director for the company providing technical solutions, business development and company management. Kev managed and deployed on projects providing end user training and installation of covert and overt Tagging, Tracking and Locating systems, Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) camera systems, Alternative power solutions, Satcoms, Digital VHF/UHF Mototrbo & Tetra communications infrastructures in countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and D.R. Congo. His hard work, entrepreneurship and solutioneering ability made the company a success. The company turned over $1M within it 1st year and doubled that turnover in year 2. He jointly led the company on to win the Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce ‘Most Promising New Business’ award, 2014.
In 2015 Kev resigned from Kinetic Six and now manages the US office of the Forgotten Parks Foundation and is the head of the foundations Technical Support Unit providing technical support, consultancy & project management to conservation organizations worldwide. Kev is dedicated & passionate about serving in conservation & now focuses his efforts towards the protection of endangered species, their habitats and the eco-system by providing technical solutions and assistance to park managers, advising on Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for secure communications, surveillance & intelligence capabilities. He has carried out de-snaring operations in Northern Kenya with Ian Craig from the Northern Rangelands Trust, Delivered an Aerial surveillance system for Lewa Conservancy, conducted Community Support Operations in East Tsavo with the Tsavo Trust in Kenya and has developed a Rhino tracking system for the Frankfurt Zoological Societies - North Luwangwa Conservation Project in Zambia.
Clients include organizations such as Frankfurt Zoological Society, WWF, WCS, the Virunga Foundation, the WILD Foundation, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy & Northern Rangelands trust. Kev is currently contracted as the project manager for the implementation of a secure digital VHF radio communications and tracking capability for the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project has been completed and is in the ongoing support phase whist the park adjusts to the new digital communications capability.
To develop his knowledge and to better serve conservation Kev is studying part time towards a Masters (MSc) degree in Wildlife Biology & Conservation.