Cecilia Gerrard

Biography of Cecilia Gerrard

Cecilia Gerrard
Cecilia Gerrard

Cecilia Gerrard (née Bremner) graduated from the University of Glasgow MA 1945.

She was born on 24th April 1924 in Glasgow and attended Craigholme School from 1928-1939. She then came to the University and her first year of study was 1941-42. She studied subjects such as Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and graduated MA in 1945.

After graduation, Cecilia joined HM Treasury as an Assistant Principal and chose this offer over an alternative made to her of working at Bletchley Park as a member of the Government Code and Cypher School. She had done exceptionally well in her Civil Service entrance exams and had caught their attention.

After the Second World War Cecilia asked to be transferred to the Scottish Office in Edinburgh where she supported committees, established under Hydro-Electric Development Act, to bring hydro-electric power to Scotland. This position gave her the opportunity to travel in the Highlands and led to her meeting Ronald Gerrard, a Civil Engineer with Sir William Halcrow and Partners. They married in 1950 and moved to Canada, returning a few years later to England.

Upon returning to Surrey, England, Cecilia Gerrard developed her interest in local politics and was elected to Surrey County Council for Epsom & Ewell South-East: beginning a 20 year career in local government.

She held several senior political posts, including leader of the Conservative Group, culminating in her appointment as the first woman chair of the Council in 1993, a post she held for three years. She was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey in 1993 and awarded the OBE for services to local government in 1997.

Cecilia served as a governor of several local schools, as a director of the Surrey Historic Building Trust and for thirty years as a governor of North East Surrey College of Technology, latterly as Vice Chair. She also held a passion of singing and was a member of the Edinburgh Bach Choir (in 1940s); a member of the Montreal Choral Society (in the 50s) and the Epsom & Ewell Choral Society.

Biographical information kindly supplied by the family.


Cecilia Gerrard
Born 24 April 1924.
Died 5 May 2015.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1945;
Honours: OBE
Occupation categories: civil servants
Record last updated: 16th Nov 2015

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