John Kerr (Royal Navy officer)

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

Sir John Kerr
Born27 October 1937 (age 81)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Illustrious
Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath


During his naval career Kerr commanded a frigate, a guided missile destroyer and an aircraft carrierHMS Illustrious.[1], In 1986 he was appointed Flag Officer First Flotilla. 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. ^ a b Second World War Experience Centre archived webpage
  2. ^ Report of the inquiry into the export of defence equipment, Volumes 1-5, p. 108 By Sir Richard Scott
  3. ^ a b 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


This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.