Kirk Kinnell – Keynote Speaker

Retired hostage negotiator

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Biography

Kirk has recently retired, having been a police officer since 1987, and was first exposed to the world of Hostage Negotiation in 1995. He has 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 Kinnell 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.

He 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.

Kirk Kinnell was also recently the lead adviser 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 currently shares his experience and delivers 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, Denmark and Serbia.

He is an associate of both Mullenders Ltd and Schranner Negotiation Institute. He has a BA Degree in Policing Studies from Strathclyde University and a Certificate in Terrorism Studies from St Andrews University.

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