Senior Leadership Team

We’re not just dedicated to making technology work for your business, we’re committed to helping you fully explore the fire & security sector, identify opportunities, and then position your organisation for success.

Our team’s extensive experience will help you design a clear transformation pathway that meets your fire, safety and loss prevention requirements.

Bob Forsyth

Chief Executive Officer

Bob joined Kings as CEO in 2017. Bob has extensive Business Services experience in the FM sector, focusing on a strategy of differentiation and technology advancement, resulting in integrated service delivery to a wide range of industries. Bob has been recognised as one of the leading voices of the security sector being voted “The most Influential person in the security industry” by IFSEC Global 2014.

Darren Gamage

Chief Operating Officer

With extensive management experience, Darren brings valuable leadership to Kings’ executive team. As COO, he leads operations, strategy and support services functions. Prior to joining Kings, Darren held a number of senior positions within the FM and Support Services sector delivering profitable growth across a portfolio of businesses.

David Foster

Chief Financial Officer

David brings a wealth of experience gained over 25 years in CFO roles in UK and international SME businesses in the plant hire, manufacturing and print sectors. David is a Big Four trained Chartered Accountant and is a seasoned professional with the last 15 years spent in Private Equity backed businesses.

John Owen

Operations Director

John brings extensive operational management experience to his role here at KST, after progressing and sustaining roles within the security services sector throughout his career.

Prior to KST, John held senior roles within privately owned, private equity and PLC backed Integrated security businesses.

John leads the operational delivery of our service, projects and technical support business areas and has a passion in building teams to deliver first class delivery.

Paul Ottley

Managing Director - Kings Group Solutions

Paul has over 30 years’ experience within the security industry and brings a wealth of knowledge, having previously held global account management roles within the financial sector and being responsible for clients situated all over the world. Paul has a real passion to deliver first class support, guidance and innovation to our clients. Paul works closely with his management team to deliver creative solutions, and contributing to our current client’s growth by identifying new opportunities.

Carrie Eastwood

Managing Director - Guarding Solutions

Carrie is our Managing Director of Security Personnel and brings to the business a passion for delivering the best quality security teams integrated with KST’s technology and innovation. Carrie has worked in the Security Industry for over 15 years in a variety of different roles and has a real client focus, leading her operations team and driving best practice across a number of strategic accounts.

Grant Kennedy

Managing Director - Quidvis

Grant has more than 20 years’ experience running a fire and risk management business. He is the founder of Quidvis – est. 2016, which was acquired by Kings Secure Technologies in November 2021. Prior to this, Grant was formally the Managing Director of Direct Enquiries ltd which he sold to Mitie in 2012. He stayed on as Managing Director of Mitie Compliance until 2016. His key focus is using the latest technology to provide clients enhanced information and advanced systems to manage their business risks.

Matthew Blakey

Managing Director - Fire & Life Safety

With over 8 years’ experience in the Fire and Security industry, Matthew has held multiple roles including General Manager and Europe Business Lead for Stanley Security (Stanley Black & Decker Group), this alongside managing his own business, doubling its size in less than three years. Matthew brings a strong set of skills including business development, company acquisition management, relationship building and mentorship, leaving him poised to lead our Fire & Life Safety divisions into the future.

Chris Goode

Managing Director - Cougar Monitoring & Cougar Protect

Following a successful military career, Chris was able to develop extensive knowledge and experience within the security sector.

Chris is a proactive, innovative, and strategic business leader and has successfully led and managed national sales and operational teams throughout his lengthy career.

Following the successful start-up and development of a national key holding, alarm response and mobile patrol business, he has also launched other highly innovative businesses and several additional service lines.

Gaynor Kehoe

Company Secretary

As a Finance professional, and having worked for Kings in a variety of positions, Gaynor became Company Secretary in 2005.  Gaynor is responsible for ensuring that Kings complies with financial and legal practice and maintains high standards of corporate governance.  Gaynor acts as a point of communication between the board of directors and Senior Leadership Team and works closely with the Chief Financial Officer.

Jo Goulden

Head of Marketing

With over 25-years B2B marketing experience, Jo joined Kings in 2017 to help drive the future success and expansion of the business. Jo began her career in the HVAC industry and has worked in manufacturing, engineering and software development in the digital health arena.

Kelly Fisher

Chief Human Resources Officer

Kelly joined Kings in 2008 as HR Manager. Kings supported Kelly as she achieved her masters in Human Resource Management. Over the years as Kings developed, the company evolved to grow the HR department. Kelly became a member of the board in 2014. She guides and manages the overall provision of HR services, policies and systems and is responsible for the development of people strategy to support the company’s strategic objectives.