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.