Born in London, in 1929, Bruce Kent is a former active Catholic priest and decades long anti-war campaigner, serving in roles such as General Secretary of the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament (CND). During his time of leadership, from 1980, membership to the CND grew from 2,000 to 100,000.
Prior to his role at CND, Bruce joined the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1960, also working with Conscientious Objectors in Spain and Portugal in the early 1970s.
Dedicating much of his life to anti war campaigns, Bruce was passionate about the rights of conscientious objectors and so he set up Conscientious Objectors’ Advisory Team (COAT) to promote recognition of the rights of conscientious objectors in all countries.
Serving director of an emergency refugee hospital in Calcutta, sponsored by the British relief charity War on Want, during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war in Calcutta, he became the chairperson of the charity in 1973.
Bruce has also spent many years campaigning against the arms trade. With other peace organisations, he was instrumental in setting up the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT).
He also believes tools should be developed to educate the public on the link between the arms trade and global poverty.
Bruce received his early education in Canada, and later attended Brasenose College at Oxford University. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Manchester University in 1987 and an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University in 2002.