Paul Kenny

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Sir Paul Kenny
8th General Secretary of GMB
Assumed office
24 March 2005
Preceded by Kevin Curran
President of the Trades Union Congress
In office
Preceded by Michael J. Leahy
Succeeded by Lesley Mercer
Personal details
Born (1949-10-31) 31 October 1949 (age 65)
Hammersmith, London, England

Sir Paul Stephen Kenny (born 31 October 1949, Hammersmith) is General Secretary of the GMB, Britain's third biggest union.

Early life[edit]

He left school at 15 and went to work for Fuller, Smith & Turner's Brewery.

His first job in local government was for London Borough of Hammersmith as the park keeper of Brook Green, along with its tennis courts.

Trade unions[edit]

He became a full-time GMB official in December 1979. In 1991 he became the Regional Secretary of the GMB London Region.

GMB leadership[edit]

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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

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..

In the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours, Kenny was appointed a Knight Bachelor 'for services to trades unions'. Sir Paul went to Lower Latimer School in Hammersmith which was closed and he was transferred to St Marks School at Bishops Park in Fulham.


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Trade union offices
Preceded by
Kevin Curran
General Secretary of the GMB
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michael J. Leahy
President of the Trades Union Congress
Succeeded by
Lesley Mercer