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Sir Anthony Bailey (campaigner)

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Name  Sir Bailey
Sir Anthony Bailey (campaigner)
Born  13 January 1970 (age 45) (1970-01-13) London, United Kingdom
Nationality  United Kingdom, Ireland, and Saint Kitts and Nevis
Occupation  Interfaith campaigner government & diplomatic counsellor Public Affairs Consultant Fundraiser
Spouse(s)  HSH Princess Marie-Therese of Hohenberg, Lady Bailey
Children  Maximilian Bailey (born 2010)

Sir Anthony John James Bailey, OBE, KGCN, GCNG, GCSS, KC*HS, FRSA, HonFCollT, MCIPR, MIPRA, is a millionaire campaigner engaged in furthering cultural, educational, commercial and inter-religious relations between Europe, the Caribbean and the wider world. He is also known as a well connected international public affairs consultant to statesmen and foreign governments including some with senior diplomatic rank. He is a donor and fundraiser to numerous charities.


Early life

Bailey was born in London on 13 January 1970 to an Irish mother and British father. In 1991, he graduated from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, part of University College London, in Contemporary Central and East European Studies. He later studied at Corvinus University of Budapest in Hungary, and at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and St Cyril and St Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo in Bulgaria.

On 27 October 2007 in a ceremony held in Salzburg, Austria (previously on 29 September 2007 in a civil ceremony at Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal), Bailey married Princess Marie-Therese of Hohenberg, a member of the Austrian Ducal House of Hohenberg. Among the couple's witnesses at the three-day wedding celebration held in Salzburg were HRH Prince Konstantin-Assen of Bulgaria, Lord Nicholas Windsor, HRH Duchess Fleur of Wurttemberg and Baroness Scotland of Asthal. Their first child, Maximilian Albert Christian George Bailey, was born in March 2010.

Public Affairs

In 2009 Bailey was placed in 68th position in the British edition of GQ magazine's 100 Most Powerful List. The Observer in 2007 referred to Bailey as a "PR Guru who is one of the most influential men you have never heard of" and "a key player in the world of Catholic and Middle East politics".

Bailey is Chairman of Anthony Bailey Consulting and Chairman of Eligo International - two consulting companies established by him with international clients including statesmen and foreign governments and large corporates. Previously Bailey positions included Management Communications for IBM Europe Middle East Africa based in Paris and as Senior Account Director for global communications firm Burson-Marsteller which included postings in London, New York, Bucharest, Cairo and Lima.

Bailey currently serves on numerous boards or as a special adviser. These include currently as senior board adviser to Vitrociset in Italy and as International Adviser to the Chairman of TIMWE in Portugal.


Bailey was appointed in 1999 as Executive Chairman of Painting & Patronage by HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia – currently Governor of Makkah Region. Painting & Patronage is a prominent cultural, artistic and educational project between Saudi Arabia and Europe and Bailey has organised high profile exchanges in the United Kingdom under the joint patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales, President Jorge Sampaio of Portugal and President Filip Vujanovic of Montenegro.Bailey holds positions with several other organisations and charities aimed at promoting European-Arab relations including the Moroccan-British Society and the Anglo-Arab Organisation.

Bailey is the former Chief Policy Adviser of the Foreign Policy Centre. Bailey is a member of the UK Board of Cooperation Ireland which works to foster greater co-operation between Britain and Ireland and is a board director of the Waterford Museum of Treasures.

Bailey is actively engaged in charitable and cultural initiatives in the Caribbean for many years. In 2014 it was widely reported that Bailey was leading a multi-million pound charitable engagement in St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica and St Lucia, which include the restoration of three cathedrals in Castries, Roseau and St John's, building a school, an old people's home, a youth centre and community outreach centre. In 2014 Bailey was additionally appointed by the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda as a member of Antigua and Barbuda's Government House Restoration Committee and in 2015 was appointed by the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda as the Special Economic Envoy of Antigua and Barbuda in Europe.

In 2015 Bailey was also appointed by the Governor General of Grenada to the Government House Restoration Committee which works to rebuild and restore the official residence of the Head of State which much like 90% of the country's infrastructure was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

Anthony Bailey has held numerous official and semi-official roles with statesmen across the world offering since 1990 strategic advice and counselling including the setting up and organising of state and official visits abroad. In 2009 Bailey was appointed Special Envoy of The President of Montenegro to the Middle East and North Africa and has been responsible for organising the official visits of the President to the region including Saudi Arabia in 2010. Bailey was reappointed to this role following the President's re-election in May 2013 and is known to have co-ordinated the President's official visit to Jordan in October 2013.

Bailey is a known supporter of Britain's membership of the European Union and the Commonwealth. It is reported he was a longstanding supporter of the Conservative Party until 1999 from which time he aligned himself with the Labour Party including making a substantial donation to the failed leadership campaign of David Miliband in 2010. There are no records at the Electoral Commission of Bailey supporting any political parties in the UK since that time.

Interfaith activities

Bailey is an well known inter-faith campaigner and who is actively engaged in several faith based charities. Among them include the Three Faiths Forum, the Forthspring Inter-Community Group in Belfast, the Catholic Union of Great Britain and the Association of Papal Orders in Britain and in Ireland. In 2009 Bailey was appointed Magistral Delegate for Inter-Religious Relations and Delegate for the Caribbean and Delegate Great Britain and Ireland of the charitable Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George and the Royal Order of Francis I. He has organised several high-profile interfaith conferences across Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East attended by leading Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders.

Anthony Bailey is a donor and prominent fundraiser who is reported to have raised millions of pounds for numerous inter-religious and faith-based charitable organisations in the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Eastern and Central Europe and the Arab world.

In 2012 Bailey was awarded the Sternberg Interfaith Gold Medallion by Jewish interfaith leader Sir Sigmund Sternberg who said it was granted "in recognition of Anthony Bailey's many years of endeavour and exceptional contribution to the improvement of understanding between the faiths in Britain and across the world".


Bailey since 2002 has been an adviser on education to the Department for Education. He also hold directorships with several leading educational trusts and charities including the United Learning Trust which runs the largest group of Academy schools in Britain, the Archdiocese of Westminster and St Mary's University in Twickenham.

Bailey is credited with raising over £8 million to fund the Academy schools programme.


  • Traveller's Tales: by Members of the Travellers Club, London, 1999 (ISBN 1901825019)
  • Painting & Patronage, London, 2000 (ISBN 1: 900123 60 6)
  • Having Faith in Foreign Policy, London, 2007 (ISBN 978-1-905833-09-2)
  • Religious Tolerance and Understanding: The Example of Bulgaria and the Story of Faithful Coexistence, London, 2007
  • Between 1988 - 1997 Bailey was a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines in the UK, France and Spain including Hello!, Point de Vue, Royalty Magazine, Evening Standard and Marie-Claire which included feature interviews with statesmen and royalty.

    Honours and awards

    Bailey has been highly decorated in several countries in recognition of his professional and charitable work, and the Queen of the United Kingdom and the Irish Government have granted various formal permissions to Bailey for receipt of foreign titles and awards, their use and the wearing of associated insignia. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Bailey was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Nation (KGCN) in 2014 by Queen Elizabeth II in her capacity as Queen of Antigua and Barbuda, and in 2015, as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Nation within the Order of Grenada (GCNG) by the same queen in capacity as Queen of Grenada.

    In November 2015, the Irish Government gave permission (required by Article 40.2.2 of the Constitution of Ireland which forbids titular honours being accepted by Irish citizens without the prior permission of the Government) for Bailey to accept the knighthoods - and the associated title 'Sir' - granted to him by two Commonwealth Realms in 2014 and 2015.

    His awards include:

    National honours

  •  Albania: First Class Grade of the Order of Skanderbeg (2013)
  •  Antigua and Barbuda: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Nation (KGCN), by Governor-General Sir Rodney Williams, in recognition of the longstanding charitable and inter-religious work undertaken through the Constantinian Order (2014).
  •  Bulgaria: First Class Grade of the Order of the Madara Horseman (2007)
  •  Colombia: Grand Officer of the Order of San Carlos (2013)
  •  Dominica: Sisserou Award of Honour (2014)
  •  Grenada: Governor General Gold Medal of Honour (2015)
  •  Grenada: Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation within the Order of Grenada (GCNG) (2015)
  •  Holy See: Knight Grand Cross of the Pontifical Order of St. Sylvester (GCSS), by Pope Benedict XVI in July 2009, for his services to inter-religious relations and charity. Knights Grand Cross of the Order, as with Grand Cross Knights of other prestigious Orders, are often addressed with the style Excellency. Bailey had been awarded earlier the rank of Knight Commander (KCSS) of the same Pontifical Order by decree of Pope John Paul II in 2004.
  •  Holy See: Knight Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (KC*HS) (2012)
  •  Hungary: Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2013)
  •  Jordan: Grand Cordon of the Order of Independence (2013)
  •  Kosovo: Mother Teresa Humanitarian Presidential Medal (2014)
  •  Lebanon: Commander of the National Order of the Cedar (2004)
  •  Montenegro: First Class Grade of the Order of the Montenegrin Flag (2010)
  •  Montenegro: Presidential Award of Recognition (2010)
  •  Morocco: Commander of the Royal Order of Al-Alaoui / Ouissam Alaouite (2004)
  •  Panama: Grand Officer of the Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero (2004)
  •  Portugal: Commander of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique (ComIH) (2005)
  •  Syria: 1st Class of the Syrian Order of Outstanding Merit (2003)
  •  Thailand: Commemorative Medal for the 60th Anniversary of the Accession to the Throne of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (2006)
  •  Tonga: Grand Officer of the Most Devoted Royal Household Order of Tonga (GORH) (2012)
  •  Tonga: Coronation Medal (Gold) of HM King Tupou VI of Tonga (2015)
  •  United Kingdom: Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), by Queen Elizabeth II, for his services to inter-religious relations and charity (2008).
  •  United Kingdom: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
  •  Yemen: 1st Class with Collar decoration of the Order of Unification – 22 May (2004)
  • Dynastic orders

  • House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies: Knight Grand Cross of Merit of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George (2012)
  • House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I (2004)
  • House of Braganca: Knight Commander with Star of the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Vicosa (2001)
  • House of Petrovic-Njegos: Knight Grand Cross Royal Order of Danilo I (2008)
  • House of Savoy: Grand Officer of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus (2001)
  • Freedoms

  • Freedom of the City of London – 2004
  • Freedom of the City of Glasgow – 2013
  • Gratitude of the City of Tirana – 2013
  • Fellowships

    In 2014 Bailey was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the College of Teachers (HonFCollT) in recognition of his services to Education. He is furthermore a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Bailey is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR) since 1997, and of the International Public Relations Association (MIPRA) since 1996.


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