The Grand Magistral Delegate
His Excellency Mr Anthony Bailey, OBE, GCSS, was appointed by the Grand Master as Grand Magistral Delegate for Inter-Religious Relations in 2006 and reappointed in 2009 and again in 2012 for a further three year term. He is also the current Delegate for Great Britain and Ireland of the Constantinian Order. Mr Bailey holds the rank of Knight Grand Cross of Merit of the Constantinian Order and Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Francis I.
Anthony is tasked by the Grand Master to co-ordinate and lead on numerous interfaith projects associated with the internationally recognised Orders. This has included several high level inter-faith conferences held in Great Britain, Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, Syria, Yemen, Morocco, Gibraltar, Hungary and Lebanon.
In addition to his inter-religious activities with the Order, Anthony holds several positions with other organisations active in promoting inter-religious dialogue and understanding. These include being a member of the Advisory Board of the Three Faith Forum and a Member of the Consultative Board of The Maimonides Foundation which works to encourage greater dialogue between Muslims and Jews. In January 2006 Lord Carey of Clifton, former Archbishop of Canterbury, appointed Anthony to the Advisory Board of Foundation of Reconciliation in the Middle East.
Since 2005, Anthony was appointed as a Board Director of the United Learning Trust – an Anglican charitable educational body founded in 1883 which runs the largest number of academy schools in Britain.
Anthony maintains an active role in educational matters. He was appointed in July 2005 (reappointed in 2010) by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster as a Foundation Governor in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster. He is a member of the Governing Body of St Mary’s University Twickenham. In 2011 he was appointed a Trustee of the London Oratory School Schola Foundation.
Between 2002-2010, Anthony advised the Department of Education and served as a member of the London Challenge Ministerial Advisory Group and the Ministerial Task Force on Gifted and Talented Education.
Anthony has a deep understanding of the Arab and Muslim world and advises both professionally and personally numerous high profile organisations. Since 1999 these have included the King Faisal Foundation, Moroccan-British Society, the Anglo-Arab Organisation, Saudi-British Society, the Bahrain Society and the International Gold Mercury Award.
Since 1999 Anthony has served as Executive Chairman of Painting & Patronage – a prominent cultural and educational exchange programme which between 2010-2012 was under the joint Presidency of the Governor of Makkah Province HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and HRH The Prince of Wales.
Anthony was appointed in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours List as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his contribution to Inter-Faith Relations and to Charity. In 2009 His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI raised Anthony to the rank and dignity of Knight Grand Cross of the Pontifical Order of Pope St Sylvester having earlier been decreed in 2004 to the rank of Knight Commander of the same Order by the late Pope John Paul II.
Anthony holds other state and religious decorations in recognition of his professional work and charitable activities. HM The Queen has granted Unrestricted Permission for him to receive and wear these honours where such permission is required. Among them are: Grand Officer of the Most Devoted Royal Household Order (Kingdom of Tonga), First Class Grade of the National Order of the Montenegrin Flag (State of Montenegro), First Class Grade of the Order of the Madara Horseman (Republic of Bulgaria), Knight Commander with Star of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique (Portuguese Republic), Knight Commander of the Royal Order Al-Alaoui (Kingdom of Morocco), Knight Grand Cross of the National Order of Juan Mora Fernandez (Republic of Costa Rica), Grand Officer of the Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero (Republic of Panama), Knight Commander of the National Order of The Cedar (Republic of Lebanon), First Class with Collar grade of the Order of Unification – 22 May (Republic of Yemen), First Class Grade of the Syrian Order of Outstanding Merit (Syrian Arab Republic) and Grand Officer of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, (Holy See).
Anthony Bailey was educated at The Douay Martyrs School, Ickenham, and later graduated with honours in Central and Eastern European studies from University College London. He is a member of the UK Board of Co-operaton Ireland and on Board Member of the Waterford Museum of Treasures in Ireland.
Since 1991 Anthony has worked in the communications arena and held senior posts with a number of prominent companies including Burson-Marsteller, IBM Europe, Middle East, Africa and Eligo International.