PROVINCIAL GRAND CHAPTER EXECUTIVE & OFFICERS

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Each year, in March, at the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter, the Grand Superintendent appoints and invests his officers for the ensuing year.

 

Some of these appointments involve an executive role in administering the affairs of the Province. The Officers comprising the Executive Committee, following the Provincial Convocation held in 2019, are listed below.

Grand Superintendent - E. Comp. Noel C. Manby


Born in 1955, Noel was initiated into the Old Oakhamian Lodge No.8033, in 1983 and installed into the Chair in 1996. Since 2001, he has served as Secretary. In 2000 he joined the Vale of Catmos Lodge No.1265 and was Installed as Master in 2001. Subsequently, he was appointed as Charity Steward from 2002 to 2011 and in 2012 he was appointed Chaplain. He is also a member of the Leicestershire & Rutland Lodge of Installed Masters No.7896, and has served as ADC in 2005 and DC from 2006 to 2009. In 2010 he was appointed Senior Deacon and subsequently progressed to become Master in April 2013. In Provincial Grand Lodge, Noel’s first appointment in 2002 was as an active Provincial AGDC and in 2004 he was promoted to active Provincial DGDC. In 2006 he was appointed as the Provincial Junior Grand Warden and from 2007 to 2012 he was the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. In Grand Lodge, Noel was appointed as PAGDC in 2008, and then Deputy Grand Sword Bearer in 2019. Noel was exalted into the Vale of Catmos Chapter No.1265, in 1988 and Installed as Z in 1999. Subsequently he has served continuously as ADC, DC and ADC again from 2000 to the present time. He is also a member of the Leicestershire & Rutland Chapter of Installed First Principals No.7896. In Provincial Grand Chapter, Noel’s first appointment was as active Provincial AGDC in 2003 and 2004, followed by promotion to active Provincial DGDC in 2005 and 2006. In 2011 he served a year as Third Provincial Grand Principal and in 2013 he was appointed as Deputy Grand Superintendent. In Supreme Grand Chapter, Noel was appointed as an active ADC in 2012 and promoted to PGSwdB in April 2013. Away from work and Masonry, Noel enjoys watching most sports, particularly rugby football and in his younger days played for Oakham RFC and served as both Captain and then Chairman for a number of years. Noel now plays golf at Greetham Valley Golf Club and is still a keen supporter of Northampton Saints. In business, Noel is still active as a Chartered Surveyor in Rural Practice and as a Livestock Auctioneer. He is married to Jackie and has two sons Mark and James.




Deputy Grand Superintendent - E. Comp. Paul C. Wallace, PGSwdB


Born in Middlesex in 1954, Paul was initiated into the Saturnian Lodge No.4045, in London in 1981, and served as Master in 1988, 2002, 2003 and 2014 and has also served as Treasurer and Secretary. He joined the Castle of Leicester Lodge No.7767, in 1992, and was Master 1993 and 1999 and served as Secretary until 2013. In London, he was appointed to London Grand Rank in 1996 and promoted to Senior London Grand Rank in 2007. He has served as a Senior Visiting Officer in London. In the Leicestershire & Rutland Provincial Grand Lodge, he was appointed PPSGD in 1999, promoted to PPJGW in 2007 and appointed Provincial Grand Secretary in November 2019. In Grand Lodge, he was appointed PGStB in 2012. Paul was exalted into the Saturnian Chapter No.4045, in London, in 1985, and installed as Z in 1996, 2001 and 2005. He joined Granite Chapter No.2028, in 2008 and was installed as Z in 2010 and was its Treasurer from 2014 until recently. He is also a member of the Leicestershire & Rutland Chapter of Installed First Principals No.7896 and served as its First Principal for 2017/18. In London, Paul was appointed to London Grand Chapter Rank in 2003. In the Leicestershire & Rutland Provincial Grand Chapter, he was appointed PPGSwdB and Provincial Assistant Grand Scribe E in 2009, promoted to Provincial Grand Scribe E in 2012, appointed as Second Provincial Grand Principal in 2016 and installed as Deputy Grand Superintendent in March 2018. He was appointed PGSwdB in Supreme Grand Chapter in April 2018. Paul is a retired Chartered Accountant, is a keen stamp collector and a former golfer. He enjoys cooking and travel, particularly cruising. He is married to Anna and has two sons and a grandson.




Second Provincial Grand Principal - E. Comp. John Peberdy, MBE, PAGDC


John was born in Leicester in 1942 and educated at Oakham School. He has spent most of his working life as a Sub Postmaster being Chairman of the National Federation of Sub Postmasters for a number of years. He received the MBE for his services to Post Offices in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. John was initiated into the Guthlaxton Lodge, No. 7717, on 21st October 1987 and Installed as Master in 1998 and subsequently served as Assistant Director of Ceremonies and Director of Ceremonies for 8 years. He became a joining member of the Leicestershire and Rutland Lodge of Installed Masters, No. 7896, in 1999 and in 2016 was Installed as Master of the Lodge. He also joined Beacon Lodge, No. 5208, in 2013. In 2004 he received a first appointment in Provincial Grand Lodge as Provincial Grand Persuivent and was promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon in 2005. He was appointed as Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2010. The Most Worshipful the Grand Master appointed and invested him as a Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in the United Grand Lodge of England in 2012. John was Exalted into the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch in the Gateway Chapter, No. 6513, in 1990 and he was subsequently Installed as First Principal in 2001. Here he also served as Assistant Director of Ceremonies and Director of Ceremonies for 8 years. He joined the Leicestershire and Rutland Chapter of Installed First Principals, No. 7896, in 2004 and in 2018 was appointed as First Principal. In Provincial Grand Chapter, he was appointed Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2005 and promoted to Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 2007 and Provincial Scribe Nehemiah in 2013 and was appointed Third Provincial Grand Principal on 24th March 2016, and then Second Provincial Grand Principal in March 2018. The First Grand Principal appointed and invested him as a Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in Supreme Grand Chapter of England in 2014. John was Chairman of the Leicestershire & Rutland Masonic Charity Association from 2011 to 2017 having previously chaired the 2012 Festival for the RMBI Away from work and Freemasonry, John has always enjoyed most outdoor activities particularly shooting. He is a season ticket holder at both Leicester City and the Tigers. John has lived in Sutton Bonington, near Loughborough for nearly 39 years. He has two Daughters, two Granddaughters and a Grandson.




Third Provincial Grand Principal - E. Comp. Christopher G Packham PAGDC


Born in 1946, Chris was initiated into St Werburga Lodge No 4147 in November 1976. In 1981 he became a joining member of Lodge Semper Eadem No. 3091 and was installed as Master in 1994 and again in 1997 where he now serves as Chaplin. In 1988 he was one of the Founder members of Reynard Lodge No. 9285 and was installed as Master in 1996. He is also a member of the Leicestershire and Rutland Lodge of Installed Masters No. 7896. In Provincial Grand Lodge Chris’s first appointment in 2000 was as the active Senior Deacon and in 2002 was promoted to the active rank of Provincial Treasurer a post he held, in conjunction with that of Chairman of the Leicestershire and Rutland Charity Association, for nine years. In Grand Lodge, Chris was appointed as PAGDC in 2007. Chris was exalted into Reynard Chapter No. 9285 in 1997 and Installed as Z in 2006 and subsequently served as Treasurer for many years. He is also a member of the Leicestershire and Rutland Chapter of Installed First Principals No 7896. In Provincial Grand Chapter, Chris’s first appointment was as active Provincial DGDC in 2010 and in 2016 he was promoted to active Provincial . In Supreme Grand Chapter, Chris was appointed as PAGDC in April 2019. Outside of work and Masonry, Chris has been an avid golfer since childhood. As a young man he was a Derbyshire county first team player and has served as Treasurer, Captain and recently President of Rothley Park Golf Club in Leicestershire. He is also a member of Notts Golf Club –Hollinwell. In business, Chris is a retired Chartered Accountant who spent most of his career as an audit partner in an international accounting practice. He holds or has held, non- executive and trustee positions in the Health Service, Financial Services, Industrial and the Charity Sectors. He has a son and two daughters and in recent years he and his wife Hilary have travelled extensively throughout the world.




Provincial Grand Scribe E. - E. Comp. David J. Turner, PGStB


Born in Leicester 1948, David was initiated into the Enderby Lodge, No. 5061, in 1994, and installed as Master in 2006. He served as Director of Ceremonies for five years and is currently Charity Steward. He joined the Leicestershire & Rutland Lodge of Installed Masters, No. 7896, in 2006. In the Leicestershire & Rutland Provincial Grand Lodge, he was appointed to the active rank of Provincial Senior Grand Deacon in 2012. David was exalted into St Martin’s Chapter, No. 3431, in 1999, and was installed as Z in 2009 and currently serves as Director of Ceremonies. He joined the Reynard Chapter, No. 9285, in 2008, serving as Z in 2010 and remained in that office a further year in 2011. He has also served as Scribe E. He joined the Leicestershire & Rutland Chapter of Installed First Principals, No. 7896, in 2009 and has served as a Steward, Assistant Sojourner and Principal Sojourner. He is currently serving as Second Assistant Sojourner. In the Leicestershire & Rutland Provincial Grand Chapter, he was appointed Provincial Grand Sword Bearer, in 2013, Assistant Provincial Grand Scribe E in 2014. He is currently the Provincial Grand Scribe E being appointed in 2016. In April 2016 David was appointed and invested as a Past Grand Standard Bearer in Supreme Grand Chapter.’ David has spent most of his working life as a Civil Engineer in the construction industry spending much of his time in property development throughout the UK. In his early days he was a keen rugby player, swimmer and sailor, but is now content as a keen follower of the Leicester Tigers. David has two sons and two grandsons.




Provincial Grand Treasurer - E. Comp. Robert J. Hutchinson, PAGDC


Born in Leicester in 1943, Robert was initiated into the Wyggeston Lodge No. 3448 in 1978 and was installed as Worshipful Master in 1990. He has held the offices of Almoner, Assistant Secretary and Secretary – and subsequently filled vacancies as Senior Warden and Steward. In Provincial Grand Lodge, he was appointed as PPSGD in 1996 and subsequently promoted to PPGSuptWks in 2004 and PPJGW in 2012. Robert was exalted into the Morley Chapter No. 8320 in 1984 and served as Z in 2000. He is now the Treasurer of the Chapter. He was also a founder member of the Wayfarer Chapter, No. 8679, where he has served as Almoner and was installed as Z in 2013. In the Leicestershire and Rutland Provincial Grand Chapter, he was appointed an Active Provincial Grand Steward in 2004, promoted to PP1stAGSoj on 2009 and appointed as Provincial Grand Treasurer in 2014. In April 2016 Robert was appointed and invested as a Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in Supreme Grand Chapter. Robert was a partner in a firm of chartered accountants in Leicester, and his interests include the enthusiastic support for the Leicester Tigers and aviation and railway preservation. He is also an enthusiastic caravanner, exploring all parts of mainland Britain in a touring caravan. Robert is married to Anne and has a son, with three grandsons and a daughter with two granddaughters.




Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies -E. Comp. Jonathan D. Varley, PGStB


Born in Leicester in 1959, Jonathan was initiated into Prince Rupert Lodge No.7841, in December 1986 and installed into the Chair in 1999. Subsequently he has served the Lodge as ADC, DC and Treasurer, and now fills the office of Secretary. In Provincial Grand Lodge, Jonathan was appointed as Provincial Grand Pursuivant in 2005. He was promoted to active Provincial AGDC the following year and to Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 2013. Jonathan was exalted into Morley Chapter No.8320 in September 1990 and installed as Z in 2002. He has served as ADC and DC in the past but is not currently in office as he is now Second Principal of the Leicestershire and Rutland Chapter of Installed First Principals following several years as its Director of Ceremonies. In Provincial Grand Chapter, he was appointed as Provincial AGDC in 2006 and promoted to Provincial DGDC in 2007, serving in that capacity until 2011. He was then appointed Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in March 2012. In Supreme Grand Chapter, he was appointed PGStB in April 2019. Jonathan, now retired, joined Midland Bank (now HSBC) in 1978, has worked in various branches across the East Midlands. Away from Freemasonry he has been a regular member of his Parish Church Choir for over 40 years and is also a keen supporter of Leicester Tigers. Jonathan also has an interest in the Great War and is a member of the local branch of The Western Front Association, the War Memorial in the Holmes Lodge Room being the topic of his paper for the Lodge of Research No. 2429.




Provincial Grand Assistant Scribe E. - E. Comp. Ian R. Johnson


Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1956, and having grown up in rural Gloucestershire, Ian came to Leicester in 1974 to attend University and stayed on. Ian was initiated into Lodge Semper Eadem No. 3091 in 1995 and became Master in its Centenary year in 2004. Following his Mastership, he served as Secretary, Director of Ceremonies and Assistant Director of Ceremonies and is now Charity Steward. Ian joined the Leicestershire and Rutland Lodge of Installed Masters No. 7896 in 2005 and was appointed Junior Deacon in 2011 and subsequently progressed to become Master in April 2015. Having been a member of the Correspondence Circle since 1998 Ian became a full member of the Lodge of Research No. 2429 in 2011 and is presently its Senior Warden. In Provincial Grand Lodge, Ian’s first appointment was as Provincial Grand Mentor in 2009. He was subsequently elected Provincial Grand Treasurer in 2011, an office he held until 2016. In Grand Lodge, Ian was appointed as PAGDC in 2015. In the Order of the Holy Royal Arch Ian was Exalted in St George’s Chapter No. 1560 in 1998 and installed as First Principal in 2009. He is currently the Treasurer but will shortly be Installed, again, as Z. He is also a member of the Leicestershire and Rutland Chapter of Installed First Principals No. 7896. In Provincial Grand Chapter, Ian was appointed PPGSwdB in 2019. Ian is a Chartered Accountant recently retired from full-time work as a tax specialist partner in a major firm. Ian remains busy undertaking consultancy work, acts as a trustee and is a member of the University of Leicester’s governing body. Ian is married to Yvonne and has two children, James and Charlotte. Outside of masonry Ian enjoys reading and book collecting, watching sport, growing vegetables and cooking, family history research, theatre and travel.




Provincial Grand Chapter Officers 2018 / 2019


Grand Superintendent - E.Comp. Noel C. Manby Deputy Grand Superintendent - E.Comp. Paul C. Wallace, PGStB Second Provincial Grand Principal - E.Comp. John Peberdy, MBE, PAGDC Third Provincial Grand Principal - E Comp. Christopher G Packham, PAGDC Scribe E. - E.Comp. David J. Turner, PGStB, ProvGSE, 3431, 9285* Scribe N. - E.Comp. David Ayres, PPGReg, 3078* Treasurer - E.Comp. Robert J. Hutchinson, PAGDC, ProvGTr, 8320, 8679 * Registrar - E.Comp. Alan Johnson, PAGDC, ProvGReg, 7832 * Director of Ceremonies - E.Comp. Jonathan D. Varley, PAGDC, ProvGDC, 8320 * Sword Bearer - E.Comp. Stuart M. Cooper, 779 Deputy Director of Ceremonies - E.Comp. Anthony R. Stockton, ProvDGDC, 4711* Deputy Director of Ceremonies - E.Comp. Andrew S. Lee ProvAGDC, 779 Almoner - E.Comp. John Hoskins, PGStB, ProvGAlm, 2028 * Charity Steward - E.Comp. Peter Williamson, PAGDC, ProvGChStwd, 1265 * Principal Sojourner - E.Comp. Robert B. Wood, 9285 1st Asst. Sojourner - E.Comp. Albert W. Attfield, 5208 2nd Asst. Sojourner - E.Comp. John Bassford, 1007 Asst. Scribe E. - E.Comp. Ian R. Johnson, ProvAGSE, 1560* Standard Bearer - E.Comp. Michael J. Quinn, 279 Standard Bearer - E.Comp. David J. Thornber, 4711 Standard Bearer - E.Comp. Michael A. Billany, 7778 Organist - E.Comp. David P. Sample, 3078* Assistant Director of Ceremonies - E.Comp. Steven Skidmore, 4656 Assistant Director of Ceremonies - E.Comp. Peter Gibson-Leitch, 50* Steward - E.Comp. Donald J. Mowbray, 523 Steward - E.Comp. Peter J. P. Coughlan, 1330 Steward - E.Comp. Norman W. King, 1560 Steward - E.Comp. Stephen Martin, 7762 Steward - E.Comp. Alan I. May, 7832 Steward - E.Comp. John K. Cull, 8679 Janitor - E.Comp. Stephen J. Finnigan, ProvGJan, 523*





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