Kevin was born in Brisbane and grew up behind a grocery store, news agency and post office that his father owned at Dinmore, near Ipswich. He went to Ipswich Grammar High School on a Commonwealth Scholarship and joined the Army at 17.
In 1972, he graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. For 23 years, four of which were on exchange with the British Army, he served in the Army rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
During that time, he was responsible for a number of innovations that significantly added to the defence preparedness and capabilities of Australia.
He left the Army in 1991 and held a variety of senior management appointments, ranging from superintendent of engineering for a sand mining company to civil aviation and R&D of RFID technology. He has achieved a number of world-firsts; in the fields of engineering, chemistry, physics, medical, mining, micro-electronics and computer science.
In 2005, because of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, he was recalled onto full time, active military service due to a shortage of persons with his qualifications. He was appointed the Maintenance Approval and Design Acceptance Authority for all of the Army’s operational assets. He was then subsequently appointed to head a cell involved in special projects focused on the support of operations. He was honourably discharged from service in 2012.
He and his wife have relocated to the Ballina area to be near their youngest grandchildren. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.