Born in Newport, South Wales, brought up in Ferryside, educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar, Carmarthen and Trinity College, Cambridge, Kenton graduated in Biochemistry (1971) and Veterinary Science in (1974). He joined the mucosal immunology group at Bristol Veterinary School in 1975, completing a PhD in 1979. He was visiting scientist at the veterinary school Hanover before taking a three-year career break, cycling, with his partner, through Europe, Africa and South East Asia.
He returned to the UK in 1983 and after a temporary job as Veterinary Investigation Officer with MAFF at Reading, was appointed to a Lectureship at Bristol where he developed research groups in epidemiology and immunology, taught preventive medicine and provided a clinical consultancy in small ruminant health. He became Reader in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Head of the Division of Animal Health and Husbandry was Postgraduate Dean and Overseas advisor from 1987-1996. In 1996, he was appointed to the Chair in Epidemiology at Liverpool, the first at a UK veterinary school.
He is past president of AVTRW, SVEPM, ISAAE, BCVS and ex bass guitarist with the "Clips" “Langford Stranglers” and “Epidemic”. He has broad interests in animal and human health and his 180 publications, 30 successful postgraduate students reflect that.
Outside university he played a key role in the implementation of the WRU strategic plan for North Wales rugby, the development of Parc Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay and is currently Director of Rugby for Rhuthin RFC and a regular member of the Monday Club.
He loves new challenges, problem solving, the privilege of academic freedom, talking to people working at the "coal face", using the breadth of his veterinary research experience and international travel,