About Tony

Summary

W Bro. Tony Harvey is an experienced Freemason who has held active roles in the mentoring, secretarial, learning & development, charity and communication areas. 

Tony has played a key role in the development of the Members’ Pathway which the Pro Grand Master has described as a “game changer” and which has also been called “one of the greatest innovations in Freemasonry in the last 100 years”.

Tony has held a number of Masonic lectureships, including the Prestonian Lecture in 2012 with, “Scouting and Freemasonry: two parallel organisations?”.  He has written a number of articles for The Square magazine and has twice held a regular column.

His 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. 

Further detail

W Bro. Tony Harvey was initiated into Pioneer Lodge No. 9065, the Scout Lodge for Derbyshire, in 1991.  He is a member, founder, Past Master or honorary member of a number of Lodges and Chapters in London, six Provinces and three overseas Districts.

Bro. Harvey was Derbyshire’s first Provincial Grand Mentor (2009 – 13), its active Provincial Junior Grand Warden (2014 – 15) 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 Head of Learning & Development in the Province of West Kent. He holds the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden (PPrSGW) in Derbyshire and Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden (PPrJGW) in Nottinghamshire.  The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) appointed him as the 2012 Prestonian Lecturer and in 2016 he was appointed to the grand rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies (PAGDC).

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 No. 9065 & Authors’ No. 3456).  He is a Past Provincial Grand Registrar (PPrGeg) in Derbyshire and was appointed a Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies (PAGDC) in Supreme Grand Chapter (SGC) in April 2020. 

In Mark Masonry, V.W.Bro. Harvey was Advanced into The Derby Lodge M.M.M. No. 302 in 1995.  He was Provincial Grand Secretary for Derbyshire from 2007 to 2015 and is currently the Secretary of The Mark Provincial Grand Secretaries Lodge No. 1641. 

He 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. 

Bro. Harvey is a Past Grand Junior Overseer in the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons (P.G.J.O.), a holder of Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank (R.A.M.G.R.) and a Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden (P.Pr.G.S.W.) in the Mark Province of London. 

In the Allied Masonic Degrees he 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.Pr.G.J.W.) in East Midlands District and of Past Grand Standard Bearer (P.G.St.B.) in the Grand Council of the AMD.  In the Order of Royal & Select Masters he is Deputy Master of The Peak Council R.S.M. No. 184.

Bro. Harvey 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 Bro. Harvey was appointed as one of the MCF’s first directors and trustees, a post he still holds.

In 2015 Bro. Harvey conceived and proposed to UGLE the idea of the Members’ Pathway, a toolkit for Lodges to attract, introduce and retain new members, and is its primary author and editor.  The scheme has since been rolled-out to all Provinces under UGLE.  It has been described by UGLE’s Pro Grand Master as a “game changer” and by one of Freemasonry’s major social media influencers as “one of the greatest innovations in Freemasonry in the last 100 years”.  It has already had a positive impact on the membership of Lodges.  He 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.

Bro. Harvey’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 the prestigious Prestonian Lecture, Bro. Harvey was appointed the 2013 Richard Sandbach Lecturer, the 2017 Peter Churchyard Memorial Lecturer, the 2018 Cornwallis Lecturer and the 2020 Jack Bryan Memorial Lecturer.  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.

Outside of Freemasonry, Bro. Harvey is a life long Scout. He is a national volunteer and trainer with The Scout Association and District Chairman in his hometown of Long Eaton.  He has been involved with many national development projects for 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. 

In 2018, at a delivery of his Prestonian Lecture, Bro. Harvey’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, Bro. Harvey is a leadership and management consultant and has managed his own practice for the last twenty-five years.  He has published books and articles in the areas of learning, training and organisational development.  As well as holding degrees in psychology & education and in management he is a Member of the Royal Historical Society and the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and a Fellow of the Society for Education & Training (FSET), the Learning & Performance Institute (FLPI), the Institute of Leadership & Management (FInstLM), the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD), the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and 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.