VIA – Veterans in Action

kgodlingtonKevin grew up in Lancashire, in various children’s homes and in state care. After a spell on the streets committing juvenile crime as a teenager, as result of abandonment and child abuse, he joined the Army with no qualifications at 16. Kevin left the regular and reserve army in 2003 having served on operations all over the world including service with UK Special Forces.

dazbillykevSince leaving the army Kevin has founded a series of business’s and charities. Founder and CEO of an African development company specializing in former conflict nations, he leads investment teams in setting up large scale agricultural, resource and extractive business’s, managing assets of over $200M in five different countries across Africa.

An active ambassador and patron for service and veterans charities, including Heropreneurs, Tickets for Troops and Combat Stress, Kevin has raised over £2.4 million in the last 5 years. Kevin has also pioneered new development courses for disaffected youth and young people (NEETS) who have underprivileged backgrounds through his company Treejumpers and the Treejumpers Academy and is currently assisting the Governments Big Society initiatives in this regard.

In 2010 Kevin set up the Godlington Foundation, a charity that operates orphanages in Sierra Leone and funds veterans initiatives in the UK including a private equity fund designed to invest in returning veterans and their entrepreneurial ideas, providing mentoring and capital, under the direction of the Heropreneurs team of which Kevin is a director.


In his spare time Kevin develops media projects, writes and travels. He lives in Kent with his wife and three children.