John Olav Kerr Baron Kerr of Kinlochard

Biography of John Olav Kerr Baron Kerr of Kinlochard

Lord John Olav Kerr
Lord John Olav Kerr

John Olav Kerr, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, was born in Granton-on-Spey in 1942. Kerr joined the British diplomatic service in 1966. He was seconded to the Treasury, 1979-1984 when he was Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to the European Commission, 1990-1995 and Ambassador to the USA, 1995-1997. He was Permanent under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1997-2002 and Secretary General of the European Convention, 2000-2003. Kerr also held a number of directorships. He became a Trustee of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland in 2005.

Kerr was appointed CMG in 1987, KCMG in 1991, and GCMG in 2001. The University awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Laws in 1999.


John Olav Kerr Baron Kerr of Kinlochard

Born 22 February 1942.
University Link: Honorary Graduate
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: diplomats
Record last updated: 9th Apr 2014

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  • Honorary Graduate

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