Christopher Kelly (civil servant)

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Sir Christopher William Kelly, KCB (born 18 August 1946) is a former senior British Civil Servant who was the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life and Chairman of the NSPCC.

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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.

He was the Permanent Secretary to the Department of Health from 1997 to 2000, while Frank Dobson and later Alan Milburn were the Secretary of State.

Post Civil Service career[edit]

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.

Sir Christopher Kelly became the Chairman of the NSPCC in 2002, and in January 2005 became Chairman of the Financial Ombudsman Service.

On 5 December 2007, Kelly was chosen by the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to become the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.[1]

In October 2010 he was appointed chairman of the King's Fund.[2]

In December 2012 he was appointed chairman of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB), starting in April 2013.[3]


In 2001, he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Alison Durant in 1970 in St Marylebone, and they have two sons and a daughter. He lives in north London.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "NSPCC chair to be sleaze watchdog". BBC. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Sir Christopher Kelly, Chairman". The King's Fund. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "Gambling Commission appoints Sir Christopher Kelly as Chairman of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board". Gambling Commission. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  4. ^ "New Year Honours 2000 | Knights Batchelor etc:". BBC News. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 10 July 2013.

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