Kirk Kinnell Started his career as a police officer in the UK in 1987 and was first exposed to the world of Hostage Negotiation in 1995, having since been deployed to approximately two hundred hostage and crisis negotiator incidents.
A highly experienced negotiator, Kirk has been deployed as the lead negotiator on a number of occasions where UK nationals have been kidnapped abroad.
Kirk has instructed on Hostage and Crisis Negotiation since 2001, within the UK and abroad. As the recent Head of Hostage Negotiation and Armed Policing in Scotland, he has a unique insight into both disciplines, which complement each other in the resolution of conflict.
He was also a leading member of the UK National Negotiator Group and Global International Negotiators Working Group, where he proposed and subsequently implemented a global Counter Terrorism Strategy and Training Programme, which was adopted by all nations represented.
In 2017, Kirk along with a colleague was suspended from duty during a crime and misconduct probe. Kirk was quickly reinstated and his name cleared of any wrongdoing. Kirk faces this issue head–on and talks openly about this time and the need to stay focused with a firm belief in yourself during times of stress.
Kirk has been invited to speak at various National Conferences including Columbus Ohio, Sweden, Dubai, Japan and has instructed internationally at the Hostage Crisis Negotiator Course of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in Quantico, Virginia, USA.
He has represented the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on the U.K. Government Counter Terrorist Bilateral Assistance Programme by training the Philippine National Police.
He was also recently the lead advisor to U.S. Law Enforcement through the Police Executive Research Forum and produced models for Conflict Resolution, Decision Making and De-escalation of Force, having designed a training strategy for implementation across the USA, attending events in Savannah, Boston, New York and Washington.
He has more recently been delivering training to the private sector on business negotiation, listening and influencing skills throughout the U.K. and beyond to places like New Zealand, Brazil, Singapore, Dubai, Republic of Ireland, Holland and Denmark.
He is a married man living on the outskirts of Glasgow with his wife and two children.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.