About Tony

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W Bro. / E Comp. Tony Harvey is a writer and speaker who has held active roles at local and national levels in both Scouting and Freemasonry.

He has been a Scout for over fifty years. At various times he has been a member of the boards, committees and working groups responsible for UK Scouting’s approach to recruiting, training and managing adult volunteers. Currently he is a HQ Training Adviser, a Training Manager within Derbyshire and Chair of his local Appointments Advisory Committee.

He has been a Freemason for thirty years and has held Provincial roles in the secretarial, membership, mentoring, learning & development, charity and communication areas of Freemasonry.

Tony conceived, and between 2015 and 2020 was the main author of, United Grand Lodge’s Members’ Pathway which, in June 2019, the Pro Grand Master described as a “game changer.”

Tony has held a number of Masonic lectureships, including the Prestonian Lecture in 2012 with, “Scouting and Freemasonry: two parallel organisations?” During the Covid-19 pandemic he delivered online talks on more than 140 occasions for hosts on six continents.

Tony’s talks and articles combine historical analysis with an understanding of organisational development to promote a forward-thinking approach to Freemasonry, based on the evolution of our Lodge practices while retaining our fundamental meaning and purpose. 

Tony is a grand officer in the Craft, Royal Arch and Mark and in two other Orders within English Freemasonry. He is currently the Provincial Grand Membership Officer in Nottinghamshire and the Head of Learning & Development in West Kent.

Professionally, Tony is a coach, speaker and consultant specialising in leadership, change and organisational development. His published books and articles focus on his own model of personal and organisational change, the Success Cycle.

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W Bro. Tony Harvey was initiated into Pioneer Lodge No. 9065, the Scout Lodge for Derbyshire, in June 1991.  He is a Past Master of four Lodges (Pioneer 9065, Walesby Forest 9674, Authors’ 3456 and Unity, Peace & Concord 316) and is Master Elect of Notts Installed Masters’ Lodge No. 3595. He is a member, founder or honorary member of Lodges and Chapters in London, six Provinces and three overseas Districts.

Tony has served as Derbyshire’s first Provincial Grand Mentor (2009 – 13), its active Provincial Junior Grand Warden (2014) and its Provincial Communication Officer (2015 – 16).  From 2008 to 2015 he was the Director of Communication for the very successful 2014 Derbyshire Festival in aid of the Masonic Samaritan Fund. 

He is currently the Provincial Grand Membership Officer in the Province of Nottinghamshire and the Head of Learning & Development in the Province of West Kent.

Tony holds the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden (PPSGW) (2015) in Derbyshire and Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden (PPJGW) (2014) in Nottinghamshire.  The Board of General Purposes (BGP) appointed him as the 2012 Prestonian Lecturer. In 2016 he was appointed a Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies (PAGDC) in the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and was promoted to the rank of Past Junior Grand Deacon (PJGD) in April 2021.

E Comp. Harvey was Exalted into the Royal Arch in Pioneer Chapter No. 9065 in 1994.  He has been First Principal of two Chapters (Pioneer 9065 & Authors’ 3456).  He is a Past Provincial Grand Registrar (PPGeg) (2017) in Derbyshire and was appointed a Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies (PAGDC) in Supreme Grand Chapter (SGC) in April 2020. 

He is currently Scribe E of Derbyshire Principals’ Chapter No. 8509.

In Mark Masonry, V.W.Bro. Harvey was Advanced into The Derby Lodge M.M.M. No. 302 in 1995.  He is a Past Master of four Mark Lodges (Derby 302, Derbyshire LIMMM 1706, Scout 1907, Ralph Reader 1997) and is currently Master of Ruspini Lodge MMM 363. He was Provincial Grand Secretary of Derbyshire from 2007 to 2015.

Tony has been the founding Master of two Mark Lodges; The Scout Lodge M.M.M. No. 1907 (Derbyshire) and The Ralph Reader Lodge M.M.M. No. 1997 (London) and founding Commander of The Scout Lodge R.A.M. No. 1907.  The Scout Lodge M.M.M. No. 1907 is the world’s first Scout Mark Lodge and comprises members from around England and Wales, while The Ralph Reader Lodge M.M.M. No. 1997 is for Mark Masons who have, or have had, a connection with London Scouting. 

Tony is a Past Grand Junior Overseer (P.G.J.O.) (2019) in the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, a Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden (P.P.G.S.W.) (2019) in the Mark Province of London, a Past Provincial Grand Secretary (P.Prov.G.Sec.) (2007-2015) in the Mark Province of Derbyshire and a holder of Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank (R.A.M.G.R.) (2011) in the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner. 

He is currently Derbyshire Mark Province’s Provincial Membership Officer and Secretary of The Mark Provincial Grand Secretaries Lodge No. 1641. 

In the Allied Masonic Degrees, W Bro. Harvey is a founder and Past Master of Cleve Council A.M.D. No. 231 and holds the rank of Past District Grand Junior Warden (P.D.G.J.W.) (2015) in East Midlands District and of Past Grand Standard Bearer (P.G.St.B.) (2016) in the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees.  In the Order of Royal & Select Masters, Comp. Harvey is Deputy Master of The Peak Council R.S.M. No. 184.

Tony was a Council Member of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB) until it became part of the new Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) in 2016.  At that point he was appointed as one of the MCF’s first directors and trustees, a post he still holds. He served on the RMTGB’s PR and Fundraising Committee and the MCF’s Communication Committee. He is currently a member of the MCF’s Remuneration Committee and was co-opted to work with the MCF’s Nominations Committee on a recent review of governance.

Inspired by his professional work and experiences in Scouting, in 2015 Tony conceived and proposed to UGLE the idea of the Members’ Pathway, a toolkit for Lodges to attract, introduce and retain new members. Between 2015 and 2020 he was its primary author and editor.  The scheme has been rolled-out to all Provinces under UGLE and has had a positive impact on the membership of those Lodges that use it.  In June 2019, UGLE’s Pro Grand Master described the Members’ Pathway as a “game changer for many of our Lodges” and in February 2020 one of Freemasonry’s major social media influencers called it “one of the greatest innovations to Freemasonry in the last 100 years”. 

Tony also spent a year as the content manager for UGLE’s Solomon project until stepping down when the workload required someone who could give it their sole attention.

Tony’s 2012 Prestonian Lecture, “Scouting and Freemasonry: two parallel organisations?” not only details the often-reported parallels between Scouting and Freemasonry, it also describes the historical, current and possible future relationship between the two organisations and what Freemasonry can learn from the transformation and growth of the Scout Movement.

In addition to holding the prestigious Prestonian Lectureship in 2012, the only lecture sponsored by UGLE and the oldest Masonic lectureship in the world, Tony has been been appointed as:

  1. The 2013 Richard Sandbach Lecturer (Province of Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire).
  2. The 2017 Peter Churchyard Memorial Lecturer (Mark Province of East Anglia).
  3. The 2018 Cornwallis Lecturer (Provinces of East & West Kent).
  4. The 2020 Jack Bryan Memorial Lecturer (Wolverhampton Masonic Study Circle).
  5. The 2020 (inaugural) Mike Baker Memorial Lecturer (Mark Province of Kent).

He has delivered his Prestonian lecture and other talks in every Province in England & Wales, in a number of overseas Districts and in Lodges in other jurisdictions around the world.

His writings combine historical analysis with an understanding of organisational development to promote a forward-thinking approach to Freemasonry, based on the evolution of our Lodge practices while retaining our fundamental meaning and purpose.  He has written a number of articles for The Square magazine and has twice held a regular column.

Tony’s most recent publication was an article in the September 2021 edition of Freemasonry Today, entitled “Strength in unity”, it is based on his talk, “The historic links between the Craft, Royal Arch and Mark.”

He is at the final stages of writing a book on Lodge management in the 21st century. Built around his talk, “7-habits of highly successful Lodges”, the book offers ways we can modernise Lodge management to suit 21st century lifestyles and increase engagement of the working man.

Tony is a life long Scout, having been born to Scouting parents. In 1977 he became a Queen’s Scout and has held many adult appointments since then. Currently he is a national volunteer and trainer with The UK Scout Association and Chair of the Appointments Advisory Committee in his home town of Long Eaton.  His wife and daughter are also active in local Scouting.

Tony has been involved with many national projects for UK Scouting, including the development of successful methods of recruiting adult volunteers, the adult training scheme and the transformation of Scouting into a growing and thriving organisation. 

Tony’s service to Scouting has been recognised by several national good service awards, the first being in 1992 and the latest being the Bar to Silver Acorn (2019) for “further specially distinguished service”, and locally by a Commissioner’s Commendation (2021). He is also a Gilwell Fellow (UK Scouting) and a Baden-Powell Fellow (World Scout Foundation).

In 2018, at a delivery of his Prestonian Lecture, Tony’s former Cub Scout Leader invested him with her personal neckerchief, 50 years after she had first led him in making his Scout promise.

Professionally, Tony is a coach, speaker and consultant specialising in leadership, change and organisational development and has managed his own practice for the last twenty-five years.  His published books and articles focus on his own model of personal and organisational change, the Success Cycle. 

Tony holds degrees in psychology & education and in management, and is a:

  • Member of the Royal Historical Society
  • Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
  • Fellow of the Society for Education & Training (FSET)
  • Fellow of the Learning & Performance Institute (FLPI)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (FInstLM)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, manufactures and commerce (FRSA). 

He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Educators.