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Kenneth Berrill

Kenneth Berrill (1920-2009) served as Open University Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council from 1983 to 1996.

Sir Kenneth first emerged as a public figure in the 1970s when he was head of the Central Policy Review Staff – advising both Conservative and Labour governments. Before that he spent 20 years as an economics lecturer and bursar at Cambridge University, at the same time advising governments of developing countries, the World Bank and OECD.

Berrill was also one of the founding fathers of the USS, the universities’ pension scheme. In 1985, he moved from the position of Chairman of stockbrokers Vickers da Costa to become the first Chairman of the Securities and Investments Board, the pre-cursor to the Financial Services Authority. He was tasked with regulating the City, but met with heavy resistance. He is quoted as saying ‘There is no such thing, as a friendly rulebook.’

In 1997, Sir Kenneth opened the Berrill Building on The Open University's Walton Hall Campus and in the same year was awarded a Fellowship of the University, one of only seven to be awarded in the University's history.