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Born in Bromley, Kent, Kelly is the son of Dr. Reginald Kelly (1917–90), a former President of the Association of British Neurologists. He attended the independent Beaumont College. He studied Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and the University of Manchester.
Civil Service career
His first senior appointment in the Civil Service started when he was appointed Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary in 1971, a post he held until 1973. From 1978 to 1980 he was Secretary to the Wilson Committee of Inquiry into Financial Institutions. He held various other appointments in the Civil Service, including Director of Fiscal & Monetary Policy (1994–95). He was the Head of Policy Group in the Department of Social Security from 1995 to 1997.
Post Civil Service career
A report written by him, and published in July 2004, looked into the agencies which dealt with Soham murderer Ian Huntley and why 'alarm bells' did not ring sooner that he should not be allowed to work with children.
In October 2010 he was appointed chairman of the King's Fund.
He married Alison Durant in 1970 in St Marylebone, and they have two sons (Jake born 1974 and Tobias 1976) and a daughter (Rachel Olivia born 1980), and four grandchildren Priya, Roshan, Raveena, and Matilda Florence. He lives in north London.
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