Provincial Executives

Deputy Provincial Grand Master - V. W. Bro. Benjamin W. Dykes
Provincial Grand Treasurer - W. Bro. John M Steward
Provincial Grand Registrar - W. Bro. Larry Knight
Provincial Grand Secretary - W. Bro. Andrew Crump
Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies - W. Bro. Mark Lloyd
Provincial Grand Almoner - W. Bro. David Lewis
Provincial Grand Charity Steward - W. Bro. Nigel Evans

V. W. Bro. Benjamin W. Dykes, P.G.J.O,
Deputy Provincial Grand Master

Ben is married to Rebecca whom he met whilst they were both working at Windsor Castle. They moved to Rebecca’s childhood home, Monmouthshire, when they retired.

Since moving to Monmouthshire Ben has embraced local Freemasonry. In the Mark Degree he is a subscribing member of the Portwall Mark and Portwall Royal Ark Mariner Lodges, the Installed Mark Masters’ and Installed Commanders’ Lodges and the Utrique Fidelis Lodge of MMM.

He has also joined Monmouthshire units in The Craft, The Royal Arch, Knights Templar, Rose Croix, The Red Cross of Constantine, Order of the Secret Monitor and Scarlet Cord.

He was Initiated in Perfect Structure Lodge 4759 in 1996, serving as Master of the Lodge in 2001. He was subsequently awarded his first Craft appointment of Metropolitan Grand Steward in 2007. He received promotion to Senior London Grand Rank in 2011, and was awarded Grand Rank (Past Assistant Grand Standard Bearer) in 2015.

In the Royal Arch Degree, he was exalted in 1999 in the Cyrus Chapter 21. He served as First Principal in 2005, appointed Metropolitan Grand Steward in 2011, promoted to Senior London Grand Chapter Rank in 2014, and was awarded Grand Rank (Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies) in 2019.

Ben was Advanced in the City of London Lodge of Mark Masons in Feb 1999 and Elevated into the City of London Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in May of the same year. Having really enjoyed the friendliness of the Mark and Ark Mariner Degrees he was keen to support them. He joined ailing Lodges and undertook a myriad of roles within them to assist. He has served as Master on many occasions, the first being in 2004 and the most recent being 2019. To reward his commitment to the Mark and RAM Degrees he received his first appointment as Provincial Steward in 2004. He was invested as Grand Steward in 2008. He has received two further promotions within Grand Rank, Past Grand Junior Deacon in2011 and Past Grand Junior Overseer in 2016. He was awarded Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2005 and RAMGR in 2011.

In 2020 Ben was delighted to be invited to serve the Province of Monmouthshire as the Deputy Provincial Grand Master.

W. Bro. John M Steward, PPrGMO, Provincial Grand Treasurer

John Martin Steward was born on May 19th 1948 in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.

He attended Ross Primary School and Ross Grammar School leaving at the age of 18 to join Lloyds Bank in Chepstow. After 7 years in South Wales and the West Country he moved to London and while there met and married his wife Christine in 1976 with whom he has two daughters. They now have two grandchildren.

The family moved to Cardiff in 1984 and ten years later John left the Bank to take up a Practice Manager’s post in Cardiff. In 1999 he moved to a larger practice in Church Village near Pontypridd and remained there until his retirement in 2013.

John was initiated into Freemasonry in the Shir Gar Lodge No 7339 in Cardiff on June 26th 1987 and was Master in 1994 and 1998, IPM in the chair in 1999 and Secretary from 2001 until the Lodge’s demise in 2005. He became a joining member of the Beehive Lodge No 6265 also in Cardiff in October 1988 becoming Master in 1992 and 2011 and Treasurer in 2013. He was the founder Junior Warden of the Lodge of Round Table in Cardiff in 1994, Master in 1996 and has been Treasurer since 2000. He was appointed Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1998, promoted to Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 2002 and to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden (South Wales) in 2013.

John was exalted into the Shir Gar Chapter No 7339 (now the Sure & Stedfast Chapter No 8991) in 1990 becoming MEZ in 2002 and has been Treasurer since 2006. He was a founder member of the Chapter of Round Table No 9549 in 1997 becoming MEZ in 2004 and joined the Hendre Chapter No 3250 in 2005 becoming Treasurer in 2014. He was appointed Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in 2005, promoted to Past Provincial Grand Sojourner in 2008 and to Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 2013. In Supreme Grand Chapter he was appointed Past Grand Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2014.

John was advanced into Mark Masonry in the Albert Edward Lodge No 1317 in Castleton in 1996 becoming Master in 2001 and has been Treasurer since 2007. In the Province he was appointed Grand Assistant Chaplain in 2003, Past Senior Grand Deacon in 2008, Grand Master Overseer in 2012 and Treasurer in 2014.

John was elevated into the Albert Edward RAM Lodge in 2012.

In Rose Croix John was perfected in the Universities Chapter 1012 in Penarth in 1994, became MWS in 2006 and promoted to 30º in 2009.

In the Red Cross of Constantine he was Installed in the Dewi Sant Conclave No 185 in 1998 and became MPS in 2008. He was appointed to the Divisional Sepulchre Guard in 1999 becoming Captain from 2004 until 2014. In the Division John was appointed Divisional Steward in 2006, Divisional Warden of Regalia from 2008 until 2014, Past Divisional Junior General in 2011 and Divisional Deputy Marshall in 2014.

John also holds membership in Knights Templar (Preceptor 2012), Holy Royal Arch Templar Priests, Royal Order of Scotland and the Commemorative Order of St Thomas of Acon.

Singing is John’s main hobby outside freemasonry where he is currently a member of the St Denys, Lisvane, Cardiff Church Choir and is the longest serving member of the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral singers for the Midlands and West (which area includes South Wales) which choir he joined in 1991.

W.Bro. Larry Knight P.G.S.D, R.A.M.G.R. Provincial Grand Registrar

Born December 1944 in Willenhall in the West Midlands, a retired Police Officer.

Larry was initiated into Prince of Wales Lodge 4021, Wolverhampton, in January 1987, served as Worshipful Master in 1992 and 2011 and Lodge Secretary in the intervening seventeen years.

Held active rank of Provincial Junior Grand Deacon 1998, subsequently promoted to Past Provincial Grand Registrar and is now Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden of Staffordshire Craft.

Advanced into Hantune Mark 1085, Wolverhampton, Province of Staffordshire and Shropshire, in March 1990, served as Worshipful Master in 1995 and 1998. Held the active ranks of Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies 1997, Master Overseer 2002, Senior Warden 2006 and Provincial Grand Secretary for Staffordshire and Shropshire Mark from 2009 to 2013.

Larry was appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2009 and promoted to Past Grand Senior Deacon in 2014.

He was Founder Secretary of Eccleshall Mark 1827 from 2002 until he served as their Worshipful Master in 2009, joined Mosaic Mark 1136, Worcestershire Province in 2010 and served as their Worshipful Master in 2011.

Elevated into Hantune Royal Ark Mariners 1085, Wolverhampton, in February 1994 and served as Worshipful Commander 1999 subsequently as Lodge Scribe from 2000 until 2015.

Appointed to Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2005 and Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2011.

Larry is a member of the Joseph Whittall Lodge of Installed Mark Masters 1392 and the Kenneth Shenton Lodge of Installed Commanders 1392 both in the Province of Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Having met Angela whilst living in Birmingham, Larry moved to join her in Cardiff in 2013 and they were married at the Mansion House, Richmond Road, Cardiff in August 2014. Between them they have six adult offspring from previous marriages, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Having moved to South Wales Larry joined Wentloog Mark 1586 in September 2015, Monmouthshire Installed Mark Masters 1447 in 2016 and was a Founder member of the Mark Internet Lodge 1975 also in 2016.

Larry is also a Past Preceptor of Knights Templar and Past Preceptor of Knights of Malta and has the rank of Past Provincial Aide-de-Camp, Staffordshire and Shropshire Province.

W. Bro. Andrew Crump, Provincial Grand Secretary

W. Bro. Mark Lloyd, PAGDC, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies (2019/20)

Mark was born, raised and educated in the Abertillery valley of the Borough of Blaenau Gwent.

In 1975, he joined the Gwent Constabulary and during his service he worked throughout Gwent, both as a uniform and CID officer. He was seconded to the Regional Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Service (N.C.I.S.), experienced in covert surveillance, financial Investigations, Source Development and Intelligence. He retired in June 2005.

Since then he has been a self- employed entrepreneur specialising in property.

He is married to Sharne Lloyd and has two grown up children.

He was initiated into freemasonry on 4th March 1987 at the Glyn Ebbw Lodge No 2556. He is the present Lodge Secretary, being the Worshipful Master in 2014.

He is a founder member of the Blue Lamp Lodge No 9840, which was consecrated in 2009 and is presently the 10th Worshipful Master in 2019.

Mark is also member of a number of other lodges, Beaufort Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1474, being the Worshipful Master in 1997 and 2013, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Lodge of Mark Masters Masons No 1813, in the Province of Worcestershire, Monmouthshire Mark Installed Masters Lodge No 1447, Monmouthshire Installed Commanders Lodge No 1447, Maius Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1031, being the Worshipful Commander in 2016 and now privileged to be the Worshipful Commander in Duffryn Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 604, since May 2019.

He was exalted into the Prince of Wales Royal Arch Chapter No 1098 on 25th April 2019.

He has held Mark Provincial Honours since 1999 as Past Provincial Grand Senior Deacon, Past Provincial Grand Inspector of Works in 2014 and Past Provincial Grand Junior Overseer in May 2016.

In May 2014, he was appointed Provincial Grand Assistant Director of Ceremonies, Provincial Grand Deputy Director of Ceremonies in May 2015 and Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in June 2018.

On 11th June 2019, he was recognised in the Mark Degree and Invested at Mark Grand Lodge as Past Assistant Director of Ceremonies (PAGDC).

He is a committed Monmouthshire Mason and fully engaged in the continued future and prosperity of all the lodges he has joined, especially his mother lodge, Glyn Ebbw Lodge No 2556. He is dedicated and works tirelessly for Charitable causes in the Ebbw Vale and Monmouthshire areas.

W. Bro Mark S Lloyd, PAGDC Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. (Revised on 23rd July 2019).

W. Bro. David Lewis, Provincial Grand Almoner

W Bro David Lewis joined freemasonry in October 1995 at the Peace Lodge Bristol.

He joined the Portwall Lodge of Mark Master Masons Mark, No. 1436 in 1997 and Portwall lodge of Royal Ark Mariners, No. 1436 in 1998

David attended Filton Technical college 1989/1990 studying Production Planning & Control

Studied Business Management at University of West England, Bristol in 1991

W. Bro. Nigel Evans, Provincial Grand Charity Steward


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