Sir Kenneth Raymond Pelly

Artist: Edward Halliday, PRSA

In office from: 1957 - 1963

Background: Shipping and underwriting 

Unlike his predecessor, Sir Ronald Garrett, Pelly who served from 1957 - 1963, was only a part-time Chairman and he continued to run the shipping company he had joined in 1919, William France, Fenwick & Co. Ltd.

He was also Chairman of the London General Shipowners' Society, a director of many shipping and insurance companies and a member of the Port of London Authority, the Institute of Transport and the Coastal Shipping Advisory Committee. He served in the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) throughout the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross.

His work in shipping, including a term as President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, brought him his knighthood in 1961. 

Pelly was first elected to the General Committee of Lloyd's Register in 1937 after which he held the office of Deputy Chairman, Treasurer and Chairman of the Sub-Committee of Classification. During his tenure he made personal contact with many members of staff around the world and oversaw the establishment of the Greek, Finnish and Indian National Committees. He died in 1973.

Related links:

William France, Fenwick & Co. Ltd history

Tatham family history - Sir Kenneth Raymond Pelly

Inaugural committee conference

On 19 June 1962, the first conference of chairmen of national and regional committees was held in London. Representatives of the French, American, Swedish, Danish and Canadian Committees attended, as well as Pelly (front row, third from left).