Tony Kemmer 1949-2012

Tony Kemmer died suddenly and unexpectedly on Christmas Eve while preparing to play golf.  Tony had been a national CPRE trustee since 2010 and chaired CPRE’s regional group in the East Midlands for four years from 2006.  He made an outstanding contribution to CPRE in both roles.

Tony was a Cambridge maths graduate from an academic family.  After two years as a volunteer teacher in the Solomon Islands, and wanting to do something practical, he joined Boots the Chemist, where he had a thirty year career in IT and corporate development, retiring in 2004 as Director of Organisational Change.

He had a very active retirement.  As well as his work with CPRE, he chaired his parish council; was Chair of Sedex (‘empowering responsible supply chains’) for three years; took an MA in Buddhist Studies at SOAS; walked, played music and practiced yoga; and wrote an unusually straightforward and jargon-free management book, The Manager’s Kitbag.  Tony certainly had a hinterland.  The fact that he was so active and intellectually curious makes his death particularly shocking.

Tony will be greatly missed across CPRE.  I will certainly miss his advice, support and friendship.

Sincere condolences to Sue Kemmer and their three children.

3 Responses to “Tony Kemmer 1949-2012”


  1. 1 Fiona Cowan January 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I can’t believe it. Tony was incredibly active and fit. And such a huge personality. My heartfelt sympathy to Sue and the family.

  2. 2 jon anderson January 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Tragic news, my sypathy goes out too Sue and there family. Jon Anderson Mertrux Mercedes Benz Derby.

  3. 3 Michael Monk January 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

    We here in the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Branch are deeply saddened by Tony’s death. He was the Board’s “ambassador” to our Branch and was much liked for his quiet but authoritative approach. I would look out for him at conferences to learn from him. A man of great integrity who will be greatly missed within CPRE.
    Michael Monk, Branch Chairman


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