Harold Scruby

Harold Scruby

Chairman and CEO of the Pedestrian Council of Australia

Harold Scruby was 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 Consulting Marketing Manager for H. D. Lee (Australia). In 1978 he started Scruby Consultancies Pty Ltd.

From 1978 to 2004, he consulted for or managed over 60 Textiles, Clothing & Footwear (TCF) companies, specialising in corporate reconstruction and insolvency. He later specialised in advising governments and large organisations in the management and procurement of uniforms and workwear He was 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. In 1994 he was chosen by the Education Training Foundation to write a best-practice training manual in conjunction with the University of New England entitled "A Management Manual for the Australian Clothing Industry"

He has also written three books on the English language: Modern Manglish, Manglish and Waynespeak.

He was elected as a 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 worked with senior management at the NRMA, RTA and the NSW Police Service, with the objective of establishing a national 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" and assisted with writing its objectives and structure. Harold 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. 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 was also a Member of the former National Road Safety Strategy Panel (Australian Transport Safety Bureau), and is a member of the Australian College of Road Safety and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Road Trauma Committee

For over 15 years, the PCA has been responsible for creating and managing two major annual events to promote walking: National Walk to Work Day and National Walk Safely to School Day. It also owns and manages the 7 Bridges Walk which takes place annually in Sydney each October: Now in its eighth year 7bridgeswalk.com.au the 27 km walk has attracted over 65,000 participants and raised over $1.2 million for Cancer Council NSW.

Harold 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.

Further details are available on the PCA's comprehensive web-site at: walk.com.au