Kerry trained as a Chemical Engineer and worked on gas production and transmission for British Gas all over the UK, finishing up as Development Engineer at company HQ. A career change followed when he was appointed Director of a national homeless charity. From there he became Chief Executive of a Housing Association specialising in housing people leaving mental hospitals as part of the care in the community programme. He was then elected as MP for his home city of St Albans. Since leaving parliament he has run his own PR company.
He set up the Open Door Night Shelter in St Albans 15 years ago and remains a trustee to date. He is a Board Member of Grand Union Housing Group (10,000 properties), President of Birnbeck Housing Association and a Patron of Macmillan Cancer Support.
For 16 years was a District Councillor in St Albans, chairing the Housing and Planning Committees and serving two terms as a Hertfordshire County Councillor. He was a member of Hertfordshire Police Authority for six years, chairing the Personnel Committee and recruiting the Chief Constable. A serving Magistrate for many years, he also chaired the Youth Panel and is now on the supplemental list. He was a school governor spanning the whole education spectrum and is now chair of the only co-educational secondary social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) school in Hertfordshire.
While in Parliament, he set up the Parliamentary Small Business Group, was a Member of the Education Select Committee and took part in a year long review of prison education. He advised the Polish Government when the change from the state model of housing provision to a mixed housing economy was taking place. He chaired the parliamentary housing group.