Anthony Wilson was born in 1950, educated at Eton, and subsequently qualified as a chartered accountant.
One of the first audits he conducted was for The Grand Lodge 250th Anniversary Fund, which sponsors research fellowships at the Royal College of Surgeons. Some twenty years later he became a Trustee of the charity, which is now known as The Freemasons' Fund for Surgical Research.
Initiated into freemasonry in 1976, he was appointed Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1997, and served as President of the Committee of General Purposes from 2001 to 2004. He was appointed President of the Board of General Purposes in March 2004, and promoted to Past Senior Grand Warden in April 2012.