About KKI Associates

KKI Associates is the consultancy and training company of Dr Kevin Parker. Kevin is perhaps the UK's most experienced and versatile individual consultant working in the field of technology commercialisation. With KKI, founded in 1994, he has carried out over 150 assignments in the area of business development and technology commercialization. He is one of the few people who can claim to have worked in all parts of the commercialisation process from R&D to sales: his interest in the field goes back to 1990 when he led a project reviewing and drawing lessons from British Petroleum's major diversification activities. BP Research initiated over 60 projects, aiming to exploit a wide range of technologies including, chemical process catalysts, semi-conductor devices, composite materials, and anti-corrosive pigments. These seemingly diverse projects generally had two things in common. The technologies almost all ‘worked’, yet hardly any made any money...

Dr Kevin Parker

Kevin trained as a chemist (at Edinburgh and Cambridge), and worked for 12 years with BP. Of that time 6 years was spent in R&D (winning BP's major in-house research prize) and 6 years as a 'fast-track' commercial manager. During his period in management he worked in sales management, literally 'selling oil to the Arabs', international marketing, and technology solutions .

He left BP to graduate from London Business School's Sloan Masters Programme, with distinctions in entrepreneurial finance, environmental economics and international business development.

Since 1994, KKI has worked with many technology based business start-ups and SME's, 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, BigDNA) have gone on to notable investment funding and commercial success.

Kevin carries out extensive business training for companies, start-ups, Universities and Research Institutes. Again, a number of people he has trained have gone on to form successful start-up companies (notably Advanced Pest Solutions and the Aberdeen-based biotech companies Haptogen and Novabiotics).

Over the last 12 years Kevin has co-operated on 40+ 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 (now Qinetiq); 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. Kevin helped Z/Yen gain a DTI SMART award for its PropheZy decision support software. Kevin and Professor Michael Mainelli of Z/Yen summarised their views on technology commercialisation in a refereed paper entitled 'Great Mistakes in Commercializing Technology' (Journal of Strategic Change). Recently, he has contributed to various projects looking at costs and opportunities of carbon dioxide trading for companies and organisations.

As well as the training courses described in this brochure, Kevin carries out pro bono adult leader training for the Scout Association, and is a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh University, teaching a popular postgraduate course on accounting in operational research.

Dr Tony Aldhous

Tony has worked in innovation and commercialisation arena for most of his career.  Tony was with Scottish Enterprise (SE) in Aberdeen for around 15 years. During this time, he and his team provided direct support to establish and grow more than 20 spinouts, often engaging with the management team prior to company formation. Support included direct grant assistance, feasibility studies, market research, competitor analysis, business planning, and help with raising initial investment.

As a team leader within SE’s Company Growth Directorate, he was responsible for promoting innovation, and commercialisation, and for approving or managing product development grants to more than 150 local companies. He has recently been supporting the local Universities’ efforts to commercialise their research and know-how.

Tony worked for BP, initially he was a researcher before moving to a post in research strategy and planning, where he supported the advanced materials R&D programme. He has a PhD in metallurgy from Imperial College and is a Chartered Engineer. 

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