Chris D. Kelly – Biography
Chris D. Kelly is chairman and a shareholder of Keltruck Limited, the largest privately owned Scania distributor in Europe.
Chris was born in 1978 and attended Wolverhampton Grammar School from 1989 to 1996. As is typical in a family run business, Chris spent many school holidays & Saturday mornings with his father in the business.
From 1996 to 1999 Chris attended Oxford Brookes University, graduating with a degree in politics & (modern) history before joining Keltruck in sales & marketing. Being strongly influenced by Keltruck’s former non-executive chairman, the late Brig. Sir Louis Hargroves CBE DL, he enrolled, whilst at university, as an officer cadet in the Oxford University Officers’ Training Corps.
From 2002 to 2003 Chris studied for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) post-graduate degree at Imperial College, London.
In 2004 Chris joined the office of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament working for the Rt. Hon. Lord (Michael) Howard QC during his time as Leader of the Conservative Party.
In 2005 Chris returned full-time to Keltruck, joining the board & working in marketing until his election to Parliament in May 2010.
From 2010 to 2015 Chris was the Member of Parliament for Dudley South, taking the Conservative whip in the House of Commons. He served on European Scrutiny (select) Committee for five years and participated in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.
Chris founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Combating Metal Theft, successfully leading a campaign – & co-ordinating with Home Office ministers including the then Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP – to, firstly, outlaw the sale of metal for cash and, secondly, repeal the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and replace it with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. He served on the Bill Committee for the 2013 Act.
From 2010 to 2015 Chris chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Family Business, which he also founded, working with the Institute for Family Business (IFB) to recognise the contribution of tens of thousands of family businesses & enterprises to the UK’s economy, levels of employment & prosperity. Chris is an active member of the IFB today.
In September 2014 Chris announced his intention to retire from Parliament at the forthcoming general election and, in April 2015, he returned to Keltruck as chairman.
Between 2000 & 2004 Chris assisted Business for Sterling in the West Midlands and No Euro campaign headquarters in London. Twelve years later Chris campaigned during the 2016 European Union referendum for Vote Leave, making the case for the UK to leave the EU, having consistently called for & voted in the House of Commons for an EU referendum throughout his political career.
Chris was greatly inspired by Baroness (Margaret) Thatcher who he was privileged to spend time with on numerous occasions in her latter years. He was privileged to attend Lady Thatcher’s funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London in April 2013.
Chris works on matters relating to his family’s property portfolio.
Chris inputs into the company & his family’s philanthropy & charitable giving.
Like his father, Chris is a qualified private helicopter pilot with type ratings for both piston & turbine engine rotor craft.
Outside of business Chris’s interests include swimming, skiing, fitness (he ran the 2012 London marathon for Dudley charities), flying & travelling. He is an occasional golfer & particularly enjoys playing with Keltruck customers at the company’s annual golf day.