The Provincial Grand Master

Thank you for looking at our website and for thinking about Freemasonry.

We are a Society which values friendship, charity and the pursuit of truth above other mundane ambitions. You can trawl the internet for information about us but don’t believe all you read. We are very open about our beliefs and our meetings. It is easy to make contact with a Lodge which is near you and find out more about us face to face.

We are not a religion. Our beliefs are compatible with all religions which believe in a Supreme Power. As a member you will never be asked to do anything which is incompatible with your civil, moral or religious duties and you are not allowed to use your membership for personal advantage.

You are welcome to look round this Provincial website and to make use of the links to the United Grand Lodge of England and to other Provinces under its jurisdiction.

If you are interested, make use of the contact numbers and e-mail addresses and we will be happy to talk to you.

For me Freemasonry is a way of life, if we could all live by its precepts, the world would be a better place.

If you are still interested contact us and find out more. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

R.W. Bro. John Lockley
Provincial Grand Master for Staffordshire


Deputy Provincial Grand Master

W. Bro. David J. Thomas

In 1996 at the age of 23, David was initiated into his father-in-law’s lodge, Lodge of Accord No. 6195, in what is now the Metropolitan Area of London. He served as its Master in 2003, 2004 and 2007 and appointed to London Grand Rank in 2009.

In Staffordshire, David joined St Modwen’s Lodge No. 4850 at Burton on Trent in 1999, serving as Master in 2011 and 2015 and Director of Ceremonies from 2012 to 2018, he is also one of the Preceptors of the Lodge of Instruction and a regular visitor to the Emulation Lodge of Improvement in London. As one of the Founders of the Universities Lodge of Staffordshire 9907, David became its inaugural Treasurer. He was appointed as Deputy Provincial Grand Master at the AGM in May 2018 following his appointment as the Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2016.

Other Masonic activities include the Royal Arch, Knights Templar, Knight Templar Priests, Rose Croix and Red Cross of Constantine, although with the exception of the Royal Arch he has yet to attain the chair in any of these orders. He served for 9 years as the Treasurer for the Masonic Hall in Burton on Trent from 2009 to 2018 and has been at various times the Treasurer or Accounts Examiner for Lodges, Chapters, Districts, the SMCA and the Wilson Keys Court Home.

Outside of Masonry, David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was for many years the Fundraising Officer and then Treasurer and Deputy Chairman of a children’s Charity in Derby.

David is married to Sara and lives in Burton on Trent with their two children who all actively participate in Masonic social events. They all enjoy the outdoors, but generally having long since given up any idea of participating in active sport, David has for many years been purely a spectator.


Assistant Provincial Grand Master

W. Bro. Dr. Michael S. Rawle

Mike was initiated into Staffordshire Knot Lodge No.726, Stafford, in 1986 and was Worshipful Master in 1997. Following an appointment as Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works in 2003-4, he then served as Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 2011-12, afterwards becoming Provincial Communications Officer until his promotion to Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 2016. He holds the rank of Past Senior Grand Deacon in the Grand Lodge of England.

Mike was a General Medical Practitioner in Stafford until his retirement in 2011. His interests include golf, the gym, classical music and wine.


Assistant Provincial Grand Master

W. Bro. Kevin J. Parkes

W.Bro. Kevin J. Parkes was appointed as Assistant Provincial Grand Master in May 2016, having previously served the province as Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies (2010-16), Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies (2007-10) and Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies (2006). He was appointed to the rank of Past Assistant Grand Registrar of the United Grand Lodge of England in 2012 and promoted to Senior Grand Deacon in 2017.

Kevin was initiated into Tibbington Lodge No.4927 meeting then in Tipton (now in West Bromwich) in 1990 at the age of 29, served as its Worshipful Master in 2000 and 2008 and is now Director of Ceremonies.
He is active in Royal Arch, Mark, Royal Ark Mariners, Rose Croix, Knights Templar and the Royal Order of Scotland in which he is the Provincial Grand Secretary of Warwickshire. Kevin is also a member of a Lodge in Glasgow under the Scottish Constitution.

A solicitor by profession his other interests include Scuba Diving having qualified as an open water instructor and foreign travel (often with a Masonic connection). Recent foreign Masonic visits include Belgium, the USA, Northern Ireland, Singapore, Thailand, Holland and Jersey.


Provincial Senior Grand Warden 2018/19

W. Bro. Selwyn Burton

Selwyn was initiated into St. Edwards Lodge 966, Leek on 28th April 1983 and served as the Worshipful Master in 1993, he is currently the lodge secretary, having also been the treasurer and Director of Ceremonies. Selwyn was appointed as Provincial Senior Grand Deacon in 1999 and later to PPrGSwdB then PPrJGW, he was also appointed as Provincial Communications Officer in May 2016 and continues to hold that office.

He is active in the Royal Arch, Mark Masonry, Royal Ark Mariners and Knights Templar holding Provincial Rank in all these orders, he is also a member of the 30° in Rose Croix.

A retired detective chief inspector who also held temporary rank as a superintendent, he is now a part-time parish clerk. He has a BSc (Hons) in Policing and Police Studies from Portsmouth University and a post graduate certificate in Management from Staffordshire University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He is a black belt in Ju-Jitsu and enjoys going to the gym, walking the dog, DIY, computer work and chess.  


Provincial Junior Grand Warden 2018/19

W. Bro. Phil Baker

Initiated into Dieu La Cresse Lodge 4169 on 13th November 1989, became the WM for the first time in October 1997, Joined Burslem Chapter no 98 on February 14th 1991 became First Principal in 2001/2006/2007. Joined Memoret Fidelis 8686 a London based Lodge meeting at Freemasons Hall in 1991 and became Master in 1996, & again in 2003 received London Grand Rank in 2008. Joined the Staffordshire Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge in 2003 and became Master in 2014, Philip is also a member of Foster Gough where he served as Inner Guard last year. He is currently Master of Dieu La Cresse again (his 5th Craft Chair)!

In Staffordshire Philip was promoted to acting Provincial Grand Steward in 2003, Past Grand Junior Deacon in 2004, Past Grand Superintendent of Works in 2009, and Acting Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 2013.

In Chapter he was promoted to acting 1st Assistant Provincial Grand Sojourner in 2004, and Provincial Scribe Nehemiah in 2016.

Philip also holds Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in Staffordshire Mark Masons, although he has temporary retired from this order.

He lives in Newcastle with his wife Tricia of 37 years

Philips other hobbies include collecting antique Staffordshire Blue & White transfer pottery, especially 200 year old views of New York and the Eastern States of America. Gardening and travelling the Globe. He is also a member of the Staffordshire Masonic Clay Pidgeon Shooting Club