E Comp Ian R. Hopgood

ME Grand Superintendent

Ian Hopgood

E Comp Ian R. Hopgood

ME Grand Superintendent

Installed as Grand Superintendent for Berkshire on his 51st birthday, Thursday 4th June 2015 by The Most Excellent Pro First Grand Principal.

Ian was exalted into Vale of White Horse Chapter No. 1770 on 12th February 1992 and served as MEZ in 2004-5. His first appointment in Provincial Grand Chapter of Berkshire was the acting rank of ProvAGDC in June 2007 for 2 years followed by promotion to ProvDepGDC in 2009 for a further 2 years. In 2011, he was appointed Third Provincial Grand Principal and further promoted in 2013 to Deputy Grand Superintendent.

In 2012, Ian received his first appointment in Supreme Grand Chapter to acting Grand Standard Bearer enjoying the rare opportunity to escort the Grand Principals around the UK. Promotions followed in 2014 to Past Grand Sword Bearer, and GSupt in 2015.

Ian is also a member of Berkshire First Principals Chapter No. 3684 and Erlegh Chapter No. 9110 in Berkshire, as well as Methuen Chapter No. 631 in Buckinghamshire and Bard of Avon Chapter No. 778 in Middlesex.

Ian also enjoys membership of several other orders of Freemasonry including;

Mark Master Masons (Wantage), Rose Croix (Wallingford), Knights Templar (Newbury) and Royal and Select Masters (Wantage).

E Comp Jeremy (Jem) G. Whitmore PGStB

Deputy Grand Superintendent

E Comp Jeremy (Jem) G. Whitmore PGStB

Deputy Grand Superintendent

Jem was exalted into The Loddon Chapter in 1997 and became MEZ in 2006. His first Provincial Appointment was ProvAGDC in 2009 followed by ProvDepGDC in 2012. He was delighted to be invited to become Third Provincial Grand Principal in 2013, appointed as Second Provincial Grand Principal, in 2016 and in 2018 to Deputy Grand Superintendent.

Jem is also member of Berkshire First Principals and Erlegh Chapter in Berkshire, The Chapter of Rectitude in Wiltshire and Caversham Chapter in Oxfordshire where he was MEZ in 2012 and holds the rank of PPGSN.

Jem was honoured with the acting rank of Grand Standard Bearer in Supreme Grand Chapter in 2014, a year he thoroughly enjoyed.

E Comp Mike Warner PAGDC

Second Provincial Provincial Grand Principal

E Comp Mike Warner PAGDC

Second Provincial Provincial Grand Principal

Mike was Exalted into St. John's Chapter No.795 in January 1999 and served as MEZ for two years from November 2005 until November 2007 (and will be going back in as MEZ in November 2017 to assist with a gap in progression).

He also joined Hungerford Chapter no. 4748 serving as MEZ in September 2014 of which he is still a member and Acre Chapter No. 8422 where he is currently DC. He is also a member of Berkshire First Principals Chapter No. 3684.

In June 2008 Mike was appointed as ProvAGDC and promoted to ProvDepGDC in June 2010.

Mike was then appointed as ProvGDC in June 2013 and received the Acting Rank of AGDC at Supreme Grand Chapter in April 2015.

Much to his delight, Mike was Invested as the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal in June 2016 and, in 2018 as Second Provincial Grand Principal. a role he is thoroughly enjoying.

Mike is also being re-appointed as ProvAGDC in the Mark Degree in Berkshire and is a member of a Mark Lodge at Wokingham and a RAM Lodge at Sindlesham. He also belongs to a Rose Croix Chapter at Newbury and Royal & Select Masters meeting at Slough.

E Comp Rod Bancroft PAGDC

Third Provincial Grand Principal

E Comp Rod Bancroft PAGDC

Third Provincial Grand Principal

Rodney Bancroft was exalted into Union Chapter No. 414 on the 22nd May 1990 and was MEZ in 1989.  He is, once again, that Chapter's current Chapter Director of Ceremonies after spending several years as its 'permanent' Principal Sojouner.

His first Provincial appointment appointment in Provincial Grand Chapter was that of ProvADC for two years, this was followed by a further two years as ProvDepGDC, then in 2010 ProvGSN.

He was honoured to receive the appointment of PAGDC in Supreme Grand Chapter in 2017.  Rod is also a member of Berkshire First Principals Chapter No.3684.

Rod also enjoys other Orders of Freemasonry:  He holds the rank of PPJGW in the Craft and is a Past Master of Morland Lodge No. 3066, was Primus Master of Combined Services Lodge No. 9900 and is a member of Berkshire Masters Lodge No.3684.

He is also a Past Great Herald in Knights Templar, a Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander, 31o in the Supreme Council 33o Rose Croix, a Mark Master Mason and Squire Novice in The Grand Priory of Knights Beneficent of The Holy City.

E Comp Roger Jones PGStB

Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra

E Comp Roger Jones PGStB

Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra

As a retired Public Sector Accountant Roger has worked in Financial Management positions in various Local Authorities in Ealing, Hillingdon, Aldershot, High Wycombe and Wokingam , from 1964 to 2009, and currently resides in Woodley.

He was initiated into Wellesley Lodge No. 1899 in 1996, serving as Master in 2003 and 2010, and joined the Wellesley Chapter No. 1899 in 1998 where he was First Principal in 2003. Roger is also a member of Be Prepared Lodge No. 9845 (Founder), the Berkshire Master’s Lodge No. 3684, Erlegh Chapter No. 9110 and Berkshire First Principal’s Chapter No. 3684. He was appointed as Provincial Scribe E in June 2013.

E Comp Richard J. Williams PAGDC

Provincial Grand Treasurer

E Comp Richard J. Williams PAGDC

Provincial Grand Treasurer

Richard was exalted into Union Chapter No. 414 in 1986, becoming MEZ in 2003-4 and 2004-5.   He is currently Treasurer of the Chapter.  Richard’s first appointment in Provincial Grand Chapter of Berkshire was the acting rank of ProvGStwd in 2006, followed by appointment to Past rank in 2008 to PPGSoj.

Richard is also a member of the Berkshire First Principals’ Chapter No. 3684.

In June 2010 Richard was elected as ProvGTreas and has continued as such since then being elected again in 2016.   Richard was delighted to be honoured with the appointment in March 2015 to Grand Rank as PAGDC as recognition of his services to the Royal Arch in Berkshire

E Comp Philip Howells PAGDC

Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies

E Comp Philip Howells PAGDC

Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies

Phil was exalted into Christopher Wren Chapter No. 4855 in February 1998 and was installed as MEZ in November 2003, again in October 2015 and is currently still serving as MEZ for a third year.

He also joined Erlegh Chapter no. 9110 where he is currently DC. He is also a member of Berkshire First Principals Chapter No. 3684.

In June 2006 Phil was appointed as ProvAGDC and promoted to ProvDepGDC in June 2008.

Phil was then appointed as ProvGSwdB in June 2015 and then ProvGDC in June 2016 and was pleased to receive the Grand Chapter Rank of PAGDC at Supreme Grand Chapter in April 2017.