Kenneth Cork

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Sir Kenneth Russell Cork GBE (1913–1991) was a British accountant and insolvency expert, and the Lord Mayor of London from 1978–1979. He is best known for chairing a major review of UK insolvency law (whose report issued in 1982 is widely referred to as the Cork Report and led to the passing of the Insolvency Act 1986).

He was a partner in Cork Gully, a well-known firm of insolvency practitioners (established in 1935 with his father, WH Cork, and Harry Gully) which in 1980 became part of Coopers & Lybrand.[1] Cork was recognised as an "insolvency baron" who had a dominant role in that field which set him apart from mainstream accountancy.[2]

Prior to his election of Mayor he had served as a sheriff of London for 1975-76.

He also contributed to governance of the arts, as Vice Chairman of the Arts Council and Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and guiding other bodies including the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Festival Ballet.[3]


Sir Kenneth's son Sir Roger Cork (31 March 1947–21 October 2002) followed in his footsteps, both as a partner in Cork Gully and as Lord Mayor of London (1996–97).[4]


  • Cork on Cork: Sir Kenneth Cork Takes Stock.[3]


  1. Coopers & Lybrand Family Tree, ICAEW
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  4. Sir Roger Cork, The Worshipful Company of Bowyers
Honorary titles
Preceded by Lord Mayor of London
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Gadsden