He left school at 15 and went on to work for Fuller, Smith & Turner's Brewery.
He became a full-time GMB official in December 1979. In 1991 he became the Regional Secretary of the GMB London Region.
Kenny had been defeated by Kevin Curran in the 2003 GMB General Secretary Election to replace John Edmonds. However, he was appointed Acting General Secretary on 24 March 2005 following Curran's resignation after alleged election rigging.
In May 2006 he was elected unopposed as GMB General Secretary.
Elected again in 2010 for a further 5 years unopposed.
Campaigns Mr Kenny has been heavily involved include ASDA, private equity companies (such as their ownership of the AA), public sector pay increases, and privatised utility companies. Led target campaigning against Blacklisting of Trade unionists by Construction industry. In August 2014, Kenny was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.
He lives in north London. He married Patricia Ward in 1969 in Hammersmith. He has two sons and four grandchildren. He supports Fulham F.C..
- "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". theguardian.com. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
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