Mr Harold Scruby

30 August 2010 03:58:25 PM

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Harold Scruby is the Chairman and CEO of the Pedestrian Council of Australia.

Born in Singapore in 1947, he was educated at Shore School and the University of NSW. He is married with two sons and lives in Mosman, Sydney.

He spent three years at Nestlé where he was trained in marketing, attaining the position of Product Manager. In 1970 he joined Levi Strauss (Australia) as the Manager of the Fashion Division. In 1974 he was appointed Consultant Marketing Manager for HD Lee (Australia). In 1978 he started Scruby Consultancies.

Since 1978, he has consulted to or managed over 60 TCF companies and has been retained by the Federal Government, most state governments, Arthur Andersen, Ferrier Hodgson, Coopers & Lybrand, KPMG Peat Marwick, Price Waterhouse, Ernst & Young and many other organisations. During 1981 and 1982, he was appointed to the executive of the FIA (Fashion Industries of Australia).  He has written articles on the TCF industries for The Bulletin, Sydney Morning Herald, Business Review Weekly, Australian Business and Ragtrader Magazine. He has lectured extensively across Australia, in every state, the NT and the ACT, to students of and participants in the TCF industries in Australia and was recently chosen by the Education Training Foundation (NSW) to write a Management Manual for the Australian clothing industry with the University of New England.

He also wrote two best-selling books on the English language: Manglish and Waynespeak.  He was elected as an councillor to Mosman Council in 1983 and again in 1987, where he spent 8 years, retiring in 1991. He was Deputy Mayor in 1990-91, Chairman of the Traffic Committee for five years and Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee for six years. Following a successful campaign in advocating and implementing the first 40 kmh School Zone on a main road in Australia, (Middle Harbour School, Cremorne) in June 1995, he approached senior management at the NRMA, RTA and the NSW Police, with the view to establishing an organisation to advocate the safety, amenity, access and health benefits for pedestrians throughout Australia. These organisations generally agreed on the need for such an organisation. They in turn funded a comprehensive independent review by specialist consultants Keys Young who found there was an
overwhelming need for such an organisation.

The NRMA and the RTA jointly funded the incorporation of the Pedestrian Council of Australia "The Walking Class Heroes" and assisted with writing its objectives and structure. He then invited Sir Laurence Street and Dame Leonie Kramer to become Patrons of the PCA. The Board was then appointed, primarily comprising vulnerable road users including representatives from: the Council on the Ageing, Federation of Parents & Citizens Associations, the Royal Blind Society, ParaQuad and ACROD and the Australian Institute of Urban Studies and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  The PCA was incorporated on 1 August 1996. Harold Scruby was elected Chairman and CEO and has since been actively involved in pursuing the PCA's objectives which are; “the continuing improvement of the Safety, Amenity, Access and Health of all Australians”.

He is a Member the Road Trauma Committee (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons). For 3 years he was also a member of the now disbanded Road Safety Strategy Panel (Australian Transport Safety Bureau),

For over a decade, the PCA has been responsible for creating and managing two annual events to promote walking: National Walk to Work Day and National Walk Safely to School Day. It also held the third Seven Bridges Walk in Sydney in October 2009 which attracted over 20,000 registrations. This event has raised over $100,000 for the Heart Foundation, Cancer Council Diabetes Australia and Beyond Blue.

Harold Scruby has been a member of the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club since 1965 and the Balmoral Beach Club since 1984. His main sporting activities include walking, snow skiing, swimming, and surfing.

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