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Sir John Kerr
Born 27 October 1937(1937-10-27) (age 82)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Illustrious
Naval Home Command
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir John Beverley Kerr GCB, DL, (born 27 October 1937) is a retired admiral in the Royal Navy.


During his naval career Kerr commanded a frigate, a guided missile destroyer and an aircraft carrierHMS Illustrious.[1] He was appointed Chief of Defence Intelligence in 1988.[2] Kerr's naval career culminated in his appointment as Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command and member of the Admiralty Board in 1991.[3] Kerr retired from the Navy in 1994.

In retirement he became involved in the governance of Higher Education. He served on the Council and Court of the Victoria University of Manchester since 1998 and the Court of UMIST since 2000.[3] He was part of the small group that oversaw the merger of UMIST and the Victoria University, including chairing the committee that drafted the charter of the new University of Manchester and became the Pro-Chancellor from its inauguration in 2004.[4] In 1998 Kerr became Vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission[1] and he is also a Commissioner of the Museums and Galleries. He also served as member of the national Independent Review of Higher Education Pay and Conditions in 1999.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Second World War Experience Centre
  2. Report of the inquiry into the export of defence equipment, Volumes 1-5, p. 108 By Sir Richard Scott
  3. 3.0 3.1 Senior officers University of Manchester
  4. KERR, Adm. Sir John (Beverley) Who's Who, A & C Black, 2007
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Derek Boorman
Chief of Defence Intelligence
Succeeded by
Sir John Walker
Preceded by
Sir Jeremy Black
Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Layard

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