Contact Ken Tappenden

The Old Coach House
Gleanings Mews
St Margarets Street
Kent ME1 1SS
United Kingdom

Tel and Fax:  01634 402684 
Freephone: 0800 999 5094
Mobile:  07719 478644

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Studied at Medway and Maidstone Colleges of Art and Design as a printer before enlisting with the Royal Signals as an intelligence cipher operative and code breaker in England and Germany . 

Police Service (1961-1993)

Retired after 32 years as Area Commander responsible for over 1000 police staff. Appointed officer in charge of countless murders and serious crime investigations and sought out the top 100 criminals in the country as a crime squad officer responsible for Drugs, Triads and other active organisations.Operations Commander for Kent responsible for the safety of Royalty, Ministers of State and Foreign Dignitaries as well as specialist departments for all major police operations, planning and use of  tactical firearms and matters of National security,  which included the French Prime Ministerial meetings allied to the construction and opening of the Channel Tunnel as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford and bombing campaigns on the mainland. Senior Officer in charge of the Zebrugge ferry disaster, for the recovery of bodies and casualty bureau caring for families throughout Europe. National co-ordinator of intelligence and operations for 'Acid/Rave' parties following the deaths of youths by way of drugs and violence.  Awarded seven Judges commendations for outstanding work and MBE for services to Police and the Community.

Events Executive

Events Manager for the City of Rochester for six years, planning and organising street festivals and concerts in parks and gardens - Philharmonic Orchestra - Opera - (including bringing to this country The Romanian State Opera Company who performed Nabucco in the Castle Gardens) - Ballet - Jazz - West End Shows. Annually converted a large sports complex into a theatre for the Royal Shakespeare Touring Company productions including Julius Caesar. Was civic banqueting co-ordinator for receptions, charity dinners, balls and corporate functions and Safety Officer/Adviser for Gillingham Football Club. Attendances at events ranged from 400 to 60,000 daily depending on the location of the function either in the street, banqueting rooms or sea at H.M. Historic Dockyard, Chatham .

Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies

Secretary of The Chief Constable and Senior Officer' Dining Mess. Undertook the role for nine years and organised 92 dining functions, including the selection of menus for Royalty, Heads of States, Senior Judges, prominent Captains of Industry and Celebrities. Part of my duties was being 'toastmaster' and upon retirement joined the National Association of Toastmasters and later become National President. Director of his own company.

As Master of Ceremonies underwent a rigorous process of training which has equipped him to assist the client in planning the event, if required, and relieve key organisers of anxiety allowing them to take an objective view of a function so ensuring success. He has undertaken every type of event and occasions attended by Royalty, Royalty from abroad and Ambassadors in the West End, City of London and locations throughout the Country and Europe .

The award of an honour by Her Majesty The Queen, confirms his caring nature and pleasant demeanour when working with organisations and the public. Yet he has an eye for detail and a professional reliability that quietly adds confidence. No job is too large or too small and his main aim is to become a member of your team and show his qualities in a friendly liaison. All bookings are facilitated in a caring and   professional manner. Fees are negotiable.


Secretary of a Board of Managers who under the terms of a will, left by a window cleaner and his wife, created a charitable trust comprising stocks, shares and rented properties and in twenty one years have given to the pensioners of Gravesend nearly £5 million for fuel, holidays, clothing, services, medical aids and comfort. Demelza House Children’s Hospice.  Macmillan Cancer Support and many others.


Theatre lecture tours and illustrated talks - Murder/Forensic Science/Drugs and Acid House violence.  'Big Breakfast' TV, Brighton Festival, National TV/Radio broadcaster, adviser to crime book writers, television /film producers and journalists. Criminology Consultant.  Appeared on BBC1;BBC2;ITV1;ITV2;Chn4;Chn5 and Cable TV. BBC2 radio documentary ‘Second Summer of Love’ won the silver award in the Special Music Category for the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2005. ‘The Summer of 1989’ BBC2 television was highly commended for the documentation of the ‘Acid’ party scene as was ‘Lock up your Daughters’.   Starred in the film THEY CALL IT ACID, shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and received a nomination for the British Independent film awards held in London.  2012 TV Channel 4 - Dj  Idris Elba's HOW CLUBBING CHANGED THE WORLD - In this dance music development from acid parties to multi billion pound business. 2012 Sky TV crime channel - Fred Dineage Murders.  Detective in the case of Patrick Mackay Murder featuring a psychopathic killer - 13 victims.




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