Province of Cambridgeshire

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

Most Excellent Grand Superintendent

E. Comp. 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 Grand Superintendent

E. Comp. Russell Henry Herbert Jackson

Russell Jackson was born in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire in 1945 and after finishing school at March Grammar he joined British Rail as a Finance and Administration Apprentice attending City of London College to qualify as a Chartered Certified Accountant. Leaving British Rail he worked for the next 20 years at Perkins Engines in Peterborough and later with a small company in Stamford providing information to the electrical building industry where he retired as Finance Director, 21 years later.

Russell has a daughter, Kirstie, living in Bonn, Germany and teaching English. He married Ros in 2010 and now has a step-daughter and granddaughter added to his family commitments.

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Russell was Initiated in 1971 into St.Andrews Lodge No.4087 where he became Master in 1984.
His first Provincial Craft appointment to Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies followed in 1991 and then to Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1997 and honoured with Grand Rank to PAGDC in 2004. He was Exalted into St. Andrews Royal Arch Chapter in 1973 and was MEZ in 1987 and again in 1995. Provincial Chapter appointment to ProvGSwdB in 1990 and then ProvGSN in 1998 preceded a term as ProvGSE between 2006 and 2012 when he was appointed Deputy Grand Superintendent. Grand Chapter appointment followed as PGStdB in 2008 with a promotion to Past Grand Sword Bearer in 2013. He is a member of 3 Craft Lodges and 3 Royal Arch Chapters and a 30th Degree Mason in Chapter Rose Croix.

As a young man, Russell played cricket for Whittlesey for 35 years. Nowadays, apart from an active involvement in local freemasonry he is a committed family man and counts among his pastimes gardening and travelling, especially enjoying trips to his and Ros’ apartment in Florida.


Provincial Grand Sribe Ezra

E. Comp. Edmund John Nichols Brookes P3rdProvGPrin

Edmund Brookes was born at Downham Market in 1950 and educated at The Perse School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Qualifying as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer he initially worked for British Rail Engineering Limited becoming Works Engineer at its large Derby Carriage Works before moving to the container shipping industry working for 5 independent shipping lines. He retired in 2009, ending his career as Deputy Director General of the Chamber of Shipping in London. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and also a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology. Apart from his main career he served for nearly 32 years in the Royal Engineers (TA) retiring as a Lt Colonel in 2002 having been awarded the TD Territorial Army in 1987.
He was initiated into Wilcumestou Lodge No. 6090 in 1976 serving as Master twice and Secretary for 9 years, as well as being appointed a Provincial Steward in the Province of Essex. In 1997 he joined Alma Mater Lodge No. 1492, attained the Chair in 2009 and has served two periods as Secretary. Promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2012 he was appointed Assistant Grand Sword Bearer in 2014. Exalted into Euclid Chapter in 1982 he served as First Principal in 1986 and 2012 as well as Chapter DC for 13 years. First appointed as Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1990, he served as Provincial Registrar in1998 and Third Provincial Grand Principal in 2011 and 2012. He was appointed Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra in 2014. The founding Scribe Ezra of Cambridgeshire Meridian Chapter, he is a member of 2 Craft Lodges and 3 Royal Arch Chapters.

Outside from Freemasonry he is very active in his local church, and is currently in his second spell as Treasurer. Very interested in model engineering he has a large 7¼” gauge steam railway in his garden which he opens to the public to raise money for charity. Other interests are travel and maps.


Other Provincial Grand Chapter Officers 2015 - 16

Second Provincial Grand Principal

E. Comp. C. Overland

Third Provincial Grand Principal

E. Comp. T. Just

Prov Grand Scribe Nehemiah

E Comp M. Crutchley

Prov Grand Treasurer

E Comp R. George

Prov Grand Registrar

E Comp K. Robson

Prov Grand Director of Ceremonies

E Comp D. Sowman

Prov Grand Sword Bearer

E Comp C. Brown

Prov Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies

E Comp M. Upex

Prov Grand Almoner

E Comp A. Mason

Prov Grand Charity Steward

E Comp A. Jones

Prov Grand Sojurner

E Comp D. Coupland

Prov 1st Assistant Grand Sojurner

E Comp J. Seekings

Prov 2nd Assistant Grand Sojurner

E Comp D. Parry

Prov Assistant Grand Scribe Ezra

E Comp M. Scanes

Prov Grand Standard Bearer

E Comp P. Brown
E Comp M. Murfitt

Prov Grand Organist

E Comp A. Brown

Prov Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

E Comp R. Wordsworth

Prov Grand Steward

Comp C. Chrysanthou

Comp A. Town

Comp M. Purser

Prov Grand Janitor

Comp. D. Gates