The Prestonian Lecture for 2012

Scouting and Freemasonry:
two parallel organisations?

WBro ADG Harvey PPSGW (Derbyshire)




The Prestonian Lecturer for 2012

PPrSGW (Derbyshire) PPrJGW (Nottinghamshire)

WBro Tony Harvey is an active Scout as well as a Freemason.

Joining the Scout Movement on his eighth birthday, Bro Harvey went on to become a Queen’s Scout. As an adult he has held appointments at local and national levels. Since the late eighties he has been involved with the work of The Scout Association’s UK headquarters where he has been a member of a number of national boards, committees and teams, especially in the areas of adult recruitment, adult training and activities, and has been a regular contributor to Scouting Magazine. He was recently involved in defining the Association’s future approach to, and standards for, volunteer leadership and management, nd is currently leading two projects, (1) to develop the way the Association trains its volunteer trainers and (2) to develop an alumni programme for former Scouts and other supporters.

Together with WBro The Hon Michael Baden-Powell, Bro Harvey is a director and trustee of the charity that bought “Jam Roll” back into Scouting. Jam Roll is the Rolls-Royce car that the Scouts of the World bought for Lord Baden-Powell to celebrate Scouting’s coming of age in 1929. He is both a UK Scout Fellow and a World Baden-Powell Fellow and was awarded The Scout Association’s “Silver Acorn”, for specially distinguished services, in the St. George’s Day Awards of 2006.

Masonically, Bro Harvey was initiated into Pioneer Lodge No. 9065, the Province of Derbyshire’s Scout Lodge, in Scout uniform, at the age of thirty-one. He is a Past Master of Pioneer Lodge, Walesby Forest Lodge No. 9674 (Nottinghamshire) and of Authors’ Lodge No. 3456 (London), as well as a member of a number of other Lodges. In 2009 he became the Founding Master of The Scout Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1907, a Lodge which meets in different provinces to bring together local Scouting and local Mark Masonry.

Within his home province of Derbyshire, Bro Harvey was the Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2014 and is currently the Mark Provincial Grand Secretary.

As the Kindred Lodges Association’s (KLA’s) liaison with the UK Scout Association and United Grand Lodge, Bro Harvey meets at intervals with senior staff and volunteers at The Scout Association, to discuss matters relating to Scouting and Freemasonry. In 2008 he was invited to meet with the Grand Secretary, as a result of which UGLE has endorsed Bro Harvey’s work. Senior members of both organisations have since met to discuss matters of mutual interest and to build relationships that, Bro Harvey believes, will benefit both organisations in the future.

When he is not engaged in Scouting or Masonic activities, Bro Harvey works as a leadership consultant, trainer and coach. He works with companies and organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors, designing and delivering bespoke development programmes for directors and managers.

Bro Harvey 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 Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, of the Chartered Management Institute and of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, manufactures and commerce.  He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Educators

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