The Executive

The Provincial Executive 2022-23

The Executive Team with wardens

ANTHONY HOWLETT-BOLTON OBE

Provincial Grand Master

pgm@berkspgl.org.uk

Personal Details

Anthony was born in 1952 in Buckinghamshire and has two sons, five grandchildren and two dogs. He lives in Chalfont St Peter. He is a keen photographer and gardener and maintains a keen interest in the law – both criminal and civil – as well as International Security and Justice reform.

Career Details

Anthony spent several years as an International Senior Strategic Security and Justice Advisor with the UK Stabilisation Unit. He gained a first-class BA from the University of Reading and is a Fellow of Chartered Management Institute and The Security Institute.
Anthony was awarded an OBE in 2016 for his work with ex-offenders through the Langley House Trust.

Masonic Career

He was installed on 26th February 2018 as The Provincial Grand Master of Berkshire by the MW the Pro Grand Master. Anthony’s progress in Freemasonry was:

  • Initiated into Sandhurst Lodge in 1980 but due to work pressures had to resign and re-joined in 2007 and was Master in 2010
  • Joined Berkshire Masters in 2011 and held the office of Lodge Mentor in 2014
  • Joined the Berkshire Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge in 2012 following his appoint as Steward and held the offices of Junior Deacon & Secretary
  • Joined the Sandhurst Royal Arch Chapter in 1983 but, once again due to work pressures had to resign and re-joined in 2008 and was First Principal in 2011. He joined Berkshire First Principals in 2012.
  • Joined the Mark degree in 2015 and is a member of Caduceus Lodge of Mark Master Masons. He is also a member of the Antient & Accepted Rite (Rose Croix)

Craft Honours

  • Provincial Grand Steward 2011
  • Provincial Mentor 2014
  • Provincial Assistant Grand Master 2015
  • Provincial Deputy Grand Master 2016
  • Junior Grand Deacon 2016
  • Provincial Grand Master 2018

Royal Arch Honours

  • Past Grand Sword Bearer of the United Grand Lodge of England 2017
  • Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in Berkshire Royal Arch 2014
  • Grand Sojourner 2018

PETER SANDS

Deputy Provincial Grand Master

dpgm@berkspgl.org.uk

Personal Details

Peter was born in 1948 and is married to Tina and they have three daughters and, so far two grandchildren. The family home is near Maidenhead. Apart from managing the family business, Peter relaxes by extensive dog walks and looking after the fabric of the house.

Career Details

Peter has managed the family business in Maidenhead for over 50 years and has taken an active part in the business life of the town. He has been Chair of the local Citizens Advice Bureau, President of the Maidenhead Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Berkshire Valuation Tribunal. He is also Chairman and Trustee of the Louis Baylis Charitable Trust which owns the Baylis Media Group.

Masonic Career

Peter was invested as the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Berkshire on 26th February 2018 by the new PGM and in the presence of the MW Pro Grand Master. His progress in freemasonry is as follows:

  • Initiated into Berries Lodge in 1971 and was Master in 1979 and in its centenary year 2002.
  • Exalted into Ellington Chapter in 1978 and was First Principal in 1989 and 1990. Joined Berkshire First Principals in 1991 and was First Principal in 2013
  • Advanced into Jersey Mark Lodge in 1974 and was Master in 1985. Founding SW of Linden Acre Mark Lodge in 1981 and was Master in 1985
  • Elevated into Jersey Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in 1979 and was Commander in 1987. Founder of Linden Acre Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in 1984 and was Commander in 1987. Founder of The Berkshire and Oxfordshire installed Commanders Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in 1994 and was Commander in 2006
  • Is also a member of Rose Croix, Knights Templar, Royal & Select Masters and The Royal Order of Scotland.

Current Honours

  • Past Grand Sword Bearer of UGLE
  • PPGSN 2008
  • PGM of Berkshire Mark 2007-12
  • Deputy PGM 2018

MATTHEW WALKER

Assistant Provincial Grand Master

apgm1@berkspgl.org.uk

DETAILS

Matthew (49) was initiated into Aldworth Lodge No. 5191 in 2002, he became its Master in 2007. He was appointed a Provincial Grand Steward in 2009 and a Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies between 2012 -2018. He was appointed to Grand Rank within the United Grand Lodge of England in 2017 and became Master of Berkshire Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge in 2019. A member of the Royal Arch, he was installed as MEZ in Reading Old Boys Chapter No. 3545 In March 2020. He is also a Mark Mason, being a member of Caduceus Lodge.

Born, raised and educated in Berkshire, Matthew is a married man who lives in Berkshire and has two children who are both at University. After a period working in construction, he joined the family business and had the experience of working with his Grandfather, Father, Uncle, Mother, Brother, Cousin and Wife. Thankfully (he advises) not all at the same time! The 5th generation business, now led by his brother, wife and himself, will in a few years celebrate its 200th anniversary.

Running and kayaking are squeezed into Matthew’s busy schedule and he can be regularly seen on the water or running on the tow path before work.


IAIN MARNOCK

Assistant Provincial Grand Master

Personal Details

apgm2@berkspgl.org.uk

Born in 1957 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.  Moved to England in 1980. Married to Jennifer and has one daughter and two grandchildren.  Iain is a keen golfer.

Career Details

Has been employed in Law Enforcement since 1976.
Awarded the OBE for Services to Policing in 2022.

Masonic Career

  • Joined Isis Lodge in Oxford in 1989 – Past Master, 1999
  • Member of Aldworth Lodge – Past Master, 1998
  • Member of Wilder Lodge
  • Member of Berkshire Masters Lodge
  • Member of Wilder Royal Arch
  • Member of Caduceus MMM’s – Past Master
  • Member of Donnington Castle Rose Croix
  • Honorary Member of Berkshire Country Sports Lodge
  • Honorary Member of Ashdown Lodge
  • Honorary Member of Thatcham Lodge
  • Honorary Member Of Pillars of Friendship Lodge
  • Honorary Member of Berkshire Light Blues Club

Current Honours

  • Provincial Deputy GDC – 2006
  • Provincial Senior Grand Warden – 2014
  • Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies – 2015
  • Provincial Membership Officer – 2021

STEVEN FIELD

Provincial Senior Grand Warden

Personal Details

psgw@berkspgl.org.uk

Steve is married to Susan and has four children and four grandchildren. After obtaining his D.Phil. in Chemistry, he worked in both the chemical and petrochemical industries, 11 years of which were spent in Belgium. Before retiring, he taught Chemistry for 9 years at Kendrick School in Reading

Masonic Career

Steve was initiated in March 1982 into The Links Lodge No 7666 in the Province of Northumberland. Later that year he moved down to Wokingham to take up a new job and became a regular attender at Wokingham Lodge of Instruction, joining Wokingham Lodge in November 1983. He is a founder member of The Lodge of Peace and Friendship No 9275 and is also a member of the Berkshire Provincial Grand Stewards’ Lodge No 9381 and Clavis Lodge No 8585, a bellringers’ lodge in the Province of Oxfordshire. He was exalted into Pangbourne Royal Arch Chapter No 4381 in July 1983, perfected into Golden Seal Rose Croix Chapter No 249 in September 1985 and advanced into Valentia Mark Lodge No 623 in November 2007.


ANTHONY REES

Provincial Junior Grand Warden

pjgw@berkspgl.org.uk

Personal Details


RICHARD OLLIVER

Provincial Grand Secretary

ProvGSec@berkspgl.org.uk

Personal Details

Richard was born in 1950 and is married to Margaret and they have one son and one daughter and 1 granddaughter and the family home is Hook. Until Richard became Provincial Secretary he was Secretary of his local golf club and played on a regular basis.

Career Details

Richard spent his time in the retail trade working for various Off License companies where he became an Operations Director managing in excess of 400 shops around England.

Masonic Journey

  • Initiated into Danesfield Lodge No 8520 in Oxfordshire on 19th February 1979 and was Master in 1987.
  • Exalted into Vyne Chapter No 7612 on 13th March 1987 and became MEZ in 2009.
  • Advanced into Friendship & Care Lodge of MMM No. 1555 on 21st March 1989 became Master in 1994
  • Joined Vyne Lodge No 7612 in Hampshire & IoW on 20th January 2005 and became Master in 2014.
  • Elevated into Friendship & Care Lodge of RAM No. 1555 on 15th October 2004 and became Commander in 2009.
  • Joined Berkshire Masters No. 3684 on 26th February 2009.
  • Appointed to Mark Grand Rank in 2009.
  • Appointed to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2012.
  • Invested as Provincial Grand Master of the Mark & Royal Ark Mariner Degrees in Berkshire on 13th September 2013.
  • Joined Berkshire First Principles on 17th May 2016.
  • Joined Ellington Lodge No. 1566 on 22nd November 2018 and became Master in 2021.
  • Appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2021.
  • Joined Dene Lodge No. on 14th May 2022.
  • Appointed Deputy President of the General Board for the Mark & Royal Ark Mariner Degrees in 2022,
  • Appointed Provincial Grand Secretary of Berkshire Craft on 27th September 2022.

He is also a member of Rose Croix, Royal & Select Masters, Royal Order of Scotland and the Red Cross of Constantine.


JIM SAMPINS

Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies

pgdc@berkspgl.org.uk

Personal Details

Jim was born in 1964 in Northampton and is married to Francine. They have two children and live in Englefield Green, Surrey. Jim is a lifelong season ticket holder of Northampton Saints RFC, motorcyclist and keen fly-fisher. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers.

Career Details

Jim has a long successful career holding Executive positions in various Technology and software businesses.

Masonic Career

Jim was invested as Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in September 2018 by the RW Provincial Grand Master. His progress in Freemasonry is as follows:

  • Initiated into Sutton Coldfield Lodge in the Province of Warwickshire in 1994 and was Master in 2004
  • Joined Old Windsor Lodge in 2005, was Master in 2007 and is Lodge Mentor
  • Provincial Honours as Provincial Grand Steward in 2009 & joined Berkshire Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge where he is Director of Ceremonies
  • Provincial Honours as Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon in Warwickshire in 2010
  • Exalted into Windsor Castle Chapter in 2005 and was 1st Principal in 2013
  • Joined Berkshire Masters in 2013
  • Advanced in Cranley Lodge of Mark Master Masons in 2013
  • Promoted to Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies 2013

Current Honours

  • Provincial Principal Grand Sojourner 2016
  • Past Grand Standard Bearer of UGLE 2018
  • Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies 2018