Province of Cambridgeshire

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Cambridgeshire is headed by the Provincial Grand Master  and to assist him in the management of the Province he appoints a Deputy Provincial Grand Master & Executive

Provincial Grand Master

R.W.Bro. W.C.M. Dastur

William (Bill) Charles Mason Dastur was born in 1952 and was educated at Peter Symonds’ School Winchester and Pembroke College, Cambridge.
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Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1977 he subsequently worked as a Partner for Ernst & Young in Sierra Leone between 1982 and 1984, later becoming Managing Partner for them in Cambridge and East Anglia between 1984 and 1996. Since 1996 he has been with Marshall of Cambridge as Group Financial Director and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He married Elisabeth in 1977 and they have 2 sons, Robin and Rupert and now lives in Edwardstone, Suffolk.

He was initiated into Alma Mater Lodge No.1492 in 1986 and attained the Chair in 1993. He served the Province first as Provincial Grand Registrar and later as Provincial Grand Treasurer between 2003 and 2012 receiving a first Grand Lodge appointment as PAGDC in 2005. 

In 2012 he was appointed Deputy Provincial Grand Master and promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer in 2013, whilst in the Royal Arch, he was appointed as Second Provincial Grand Principal in 2008 and promoted to Past Grand Standard Bearer in 2013. He is a member of Euclid Chapter being Exalted in 1991 and became its First Principal in 1999.

Among the other orders of freemasonry, he is a past Sovereign of Simon of Sudbury Rose Croix Chapter and a member of Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners Degrees with Geoffrey Dicker Lodge No.1906. In all he is a member of 5 Craft Lodges, 3 Royal Arch Chapters, 2 Rose Croix Chapters, one Mark and one RAM.

Outside of Freemasonry he is a keen golfer and active skier. He still plays a little cricket at village club level with his son and also enjoys playing Bridge. He has attained the honour of Freeman of the City of London and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers of London.

Deputy Provincial Grand Master

V.W.Bro. John Roger Sherriff, PGSwdB

John Sherriff was born in 1944 in Skegness, Lincolnshire and moved, with his family, to London in 1948. He attended Sutton County Grammar School and graduated from the School of Building in London in 1966.

Elected as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1969, he was elevated to Fellow of the Institution in 1973. He started his working life at a leading international quantity surveying practice in London and, after a short secondment to work in Paris, he moved to Cambridge in 1968,becoming an associate partner with the practice in 1974.

In 1984 he started his own surveying and construction management consultancy and also took the position of part time lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Cambridge.
He retired from professional practice in 2008.

He has been married to Jacqueline for some 47 years and they have one daughter Anna.
He was initiated into Masonry in the Lodge of Three Grand Principles No.441 in 1988 and took the chair in 1996, serving as secretary, ADC and DC in that Lodge over the years since.

His first appointment within the Province was to Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works and subsequently to Provincial Grand Secretary in 2009, retiring at the Provincial meeting in 2014. A first Grand Rank appointment to PAGDC was received in 2011.

He has, for some years been a director of Cambridge Masonic Hall Ltd and a trustee and the secretary of the Province of Cambridgeshire Masonic Building Fund.

He is a member of the Chapter of Fidelity No.441, being exalted in 1991 and becoming its First Principal in 2006. He also enjoys his Masonry as an active member of the Ancient and Accepted Right and is a Past Sovereign and a 30th Degree Rose Croix mason.

He is currently a member of 2 Craft Lodges, 2 Royal Arch Chapters, 2 Rose Croix Chapters and an honorary member of 21 Craft Lodges within the Province.

His interests outside Masonry include travel, art, and gardening and tries to keep fit by walking (mostly with dog) and playing tennis.

Provincial Grand Secretary

W.Bro. Patrick B. Kilby PPJGW

Patrick [Pat] Kilby was born in 1948 in Cambridge and lived his formative years in the Market Town of Soham. The early part of his working life was in the building industry where occupying many roles he worked on such prestigious buildings as the Wren library in Cambridge.

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A change in career path led him to join the Cambridgeshire Local Authority Fire and Rescue Service in 1978 completing the full term of employment and retiring in 2008. During a long and eventful career he attained the rank of District Manager [Group Manager] with responsibility for East Cambridgeshire and Fenland Districts as well as being a member of the senior management team.
He is proud to have been awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee medal as well as being the holder of the Queens Fire Brigade long service and good conduct medal for exemplary service. Outside Cambridgeshire Fire Service his responsibilities also included being a senior examiner for the National Fire Service Examination board and branch Secretary for the [International] Institution of Fire Engineers, of which he was also a corporate member.

Pat married Marion in 1970 and they have two children Rebecca and Mathew and now live in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.

Pat was initiated into the Gild of St Mary Lodge No.7288 in 1990 and became Master in 1996. He received his first Provincial appointment as Provincial Senior Grand Deacon in 2003 followed by Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 2009 and Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden/Provincial Grand Secretary in 2014. He is a member of Pythagoras Chapter No.88 being exalted in 1995 and first Principal in 2005. His first Provincial Office in the Holy Royal Arch was Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2009 followed by Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra in 2012 to 2014. Supreme Grand Chapter honoured him with the rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer in 2014. Pat is also an active member of Rose Croix.

Outside Freemasonry he is very much a country and family man with a keen interest in country pursuits and since retirement is kept busy supporting his family and enjoying the company of grandson Henry.

Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies

W.Bro. Brian John Elliott PAGDC

Brian was born in 1948 and has lived most his life in and around the Market Town of St. Neots. Leaving school in 1965 he undertook a mechanical engineering apprenticeship with WH Allen & Co of Bedford.

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Moving to Cambridge Water Company in 1971 to take up a position as a water supply technician, he remained with the company until 2008 when he retired from his role as Supply & Maintenance Manager. During this time he was actively involved with the Institute of Water becoming a Fellow of the Institute and was for a number of years East Anglia Area Secretary, being made an Honorary member by IoW on his retirement.

Brian married Jane in 1970 and they have two children Kirsty and Luke and two grandchildren, Ben & Freya and for

the past 25 years have lived in Eaton Socon in a self-designed and built house.

Brian was initiated into Kynaston Lodge No. 5810 in 1987 and became Master in 1996. He received his first Provincial appointment as active Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2003 followed later by Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2009 and honoured by a Grand Rank appointment of PAGDC that same year.  

He is a member of Kynaston Chapter No.5810 being exalted in 1992 and served as First Principal in 2001. His first Provincial Office in the Holy Royal Arch was of active Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2004. Subsequently promoted to PPGReg and from 2014 to PPGSN. Brian is also involved with the Mark and Royal Ark Mariner degrees in Northants and Hunts Mark Province and is currently the Provincial Grand Secretary, receiving the Mark Grand rank of AGDC in 2013. In all a member of 4 Craft Lodges, 2 Royal Arch Chapters, one Rose Croix Chapter, one Mark, two Mariner Lodges and one Royal & Select Masters Lodge.

Outside Freemasonry Brian is very much a family man with a keen interest in photography, travel and musical theatre and the local church serving as Churchwarden at St. Mary’s Eaton Socon between 1987 and 1993.


Other Provincial Officers 2016 - 17

Provincial Senior Grand Warden

W.Bro Ray Page PProvGSuptWks

Provincial Junior Grand Warden

W.Bro Anthony Compton PProvGSwdB

Prov Grand Chaplain

W.Bro Nigel Pett PPGSwdB

Prov Grand Treasurer

W.Bro David Blair PAGDC

Prov Grand Registrar

W.Bro Robert Kidger

Prov Grand Sword Bearer

W.Bro David Parry

Prov Grand Superintendent of Works

W.Bro David Robertson

Prov Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies

W.Bro Jonathan Lambert PProvGSuptWks

Prov Grand Almoner

W.Bro Tony Mason PAGDC

Prov Grand Charity Steward

WBro Paul Gillingwater PAGDC

Prov Grand Mentor

W.Bro Jon West PPGSuptWks

Prov Grand Orator

W.Bro Harry Rooke PProvGSwdB

Prov Senior Grand Deacon

W.Bro Robert Hammett

W.Bro David Miles

Prov Junior Grand Deacon

W.Bro Kenneth Stafford

W.Bro Anthony Summersgill

Prov Assistant Grand Secretary

W.Bro John Jones

Prov Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

W.Bro Michael Cartwright

W.Bro Kevin Doggett

Prov Grand Organist

W.Bro A. Brown

Prov Grand Standard Bearer

W.Bro Stephen Harris

W.Bro Robert Brown

Prov Grand Pursuivant

W.Bro Andrew Fordham

Prov Grand Steward

W.Bro Charles Overland PAGDC

W.Bro James Stokes PProvGReg

W.Bro David Parker PProvGSwdB

W.Bro Charlie Brown PProvSGD

Prov Grand Tyler

W.Bro D.V.C. Gates PPSGD