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Our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) are many of Yorkshire’s most successful entrepreneurs. They are drawn from a variety of industries and have all built, and many are continuing to build, highly successful businesses. They have agreed to give time to deliver Masterclasses, take part in panels and provide mentoring for members of Connect Yorkshire.

Entrepreneurs in Residence.

Kevin has lived and worked in the North of England for most of his life. He started Hunters in 1992, co-founding the business with John Waterhouse, which is now the largest franchised independent estate agency brand in the UK and the 6th largest national estate agency business. Hunters have 140 branches nationwide including 30 in Greater London with gross turnover in excess of £25m. He is a keen sportsman, playing cricket, rugby and golf and is also interested in politics and at one time stood as a parliamentary candidate. Kevin has been an estate agent for more than 20 years, but after studying physics at Sheffield Hallam University he set up various businesses. Then he joined Prudential, at the time the largest estate agency in Britain as a branch manager, initially in Haxby, York and later in Burnley, Lancs. Five years later, in 1992, he and his original founding partner, John Waterhouse, started Hunters in Goodramgate, York.

Kevin Hollinrake
Industries:
  • Retail
Skills:
  • Accountancy
  • Business Planning
  • Exporting
  • Fast Growth
  • Finance
  • Innovation
  • Management Skills
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Sales
  • Social Media

Kevin Parkin led an MBO in 2006 when Davy Markham had a turnover of £10.5m and was loss making to the tune of £2.4m and turned it round to sales of £21m and a profit of £1.2m which was sold in 2011 with the investors making a return of 10 times. This involved creating a new strategy of open management styles, effective internal communications, on time deliveries, becoming customer focused, reinstating the apprentice training scheme and making health and safety the number one business priority. Kevin is a no nonsense turnaround MD and General Manager of manufacturing companies with poor trading or profitability. He is the founder of Parkin Limited, the professional management and business Turnaround Company. He has multi-disciplined academic qualifications in Engineering, Marketing and Accountancy supported by twenty-five years of manufacturing experience at board level.

Kevin Parkin
Industries:
  • Manufacturing
Skills:
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Fast Growth
  • Finance
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Project Management
  • Business Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Management Skills

Kevin retired in 2014 from a 25 year executive career leading consumer and technology businesses, from start ups to multinationals. He is currently non executive Chairman of Manx Telecom, a business he helped float on AIM in February 2014, which has a market cap £220m. He is also a non executive director of Harrogate based IFA Brook-Dobson Brear, which specializes in wealth management and planning for discerning executives and business owners.Prior to retiring he was a main board director at the FTSE 250 KCOM Group and the CEO of its East Yorkshire based Kingston Communications; under his 10+ year leadership the business increased EBITDA from £33m to £56m.

Kevin Walsh
Industries:
  • Telecoms
Skills:
  • Accountancy
  • Business Planning
  • Exporting
  • Fast Growth
  • Finance
  • Innovation
  • Management Skills
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Sales
  • Sustainability