Dr Mike Kearsley was born and raised in Lancashire. He attended Liverpool University and trained as a teacher in Geography and Economics. After teaching in Liverpool he emigrated to New Zealand where he taught Economics in a boys public school as well as taking a Masters degree and other teaching qualifications.
He then left teaching for the commercial world. During his career, he was in sales and management in IBM, the marketing director for Alexander Stenhouse and Marsh Mclennan, insurance brokers, the marketing director for Computations Plc, now part of Misys and principal consultant in Coopers and Lybrand (PWC) management consultancy. On his return to the UK he gained a doctorate from Surrey University researching sales reluctance in professional advisers. He has operated as an independent management consultant for many years and continues to lecture in marketing, consultancy and general business areas at several Universities. He holds a number of degrees in business and education and is a fellow of many professional bodies for the same. He is the author of a number of publications and papers in these areas. He has travelled extensively for business purposes and as a guest lecturer and speaker at conferences.
In his masonic career he was initiated into freemasonry in the Hawera Lodge No 34 in Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand and was passed and raised in Mairehau Lodge No 391 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Later he joined the David Bonner Lodge No 9678, the Musicians Lodge of the province of Middlesex, under the English constitution becoming its Master in 2010 and Secretary. He is a member of the Temple of Athene Research Lodge No 9541, becoming Master in 2013, the Feltham Lodge No 7307, becoming Master in 2012, Quatuor Coronati Lodge No 2076 and London Stone RA Chapter No 2541, becoming MEZ in 2012.
He has always had an interest in Masonic research and was a member of the correspondence circle of Masters and Past Masters Research Lodge, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has, therefore, produced many papers and presentations for Masonic audiences. He is Provincial Grand Orator for Middlesex. The province of Middlesex is part of the national oration scheme and continues to provide over 100 presentations to lodges each year. In 2011 he was awarded the Norman Spencer prize, by Quatuor Coronati Lodge, for a paper on the formation of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand and was subsequently offered full membership of the lodge, where he is now secretary. He was awarded the Prestonian lectureship for 2014 and took up his appointment as editor of The Square in December 2013. He lives in Walton on Thames with his wife, Anne, and amongst other hobbies is principal tuba with the British Airways band.
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