In our latest ‘Get to know the Provincial Executive’ feature we spoke to WBro Kevin Stannard, who was appointed Assistant Provincial Grand Master last year.

Kevin works as a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in the Newcastle Eye Centre at the RVI.  He joined Freemasonry soon after settling in the North East in 1989. His father, Gordon Peter “Paddy” Stannard, had been a keen Cheshire Freemason so Freemasonry was not completely new to Kevin.

Kevin was initiated into Freemasonry in the Achilles University Lodge No 4078 in May 1990.  The ceremony was all the more special with the presence of Kevin’s father who was able to take part in the subsequent ceremonies of Kevin’s passing and raising.

1990
Initiated into Freemasonry

Initiated into Freemasonry in the Achilles University Lodge No 4078.

1992
Holy Royal Arch Chapter

Exalted into the Holy Royal Arch Chapter, Duke of Connaught Chapter No 3892.

1994
Worshipful Master - University Lodge No 4078

Installed as Worshipful Master of University Lodge.

1997
First Principal

WBro attains First Principals chair of Duke of Connaught Royal Arch Chapter.

1999
Provincial Support Team

Appointed to newly formed Provincial Support Team to provide support to various Lodges in the Province.

1999
Provincial Honours

Receives Provincial Honours of Past Provincial Deputy Superintendent of Works.

2002
Provincial Appointment

In 2002 appointed as Provincial Junior Grand Warden.

2005
Supreme Grand Chapter Honours

Receives honours in the Royal Arch Chapter in 2005 as Past Grand Standard Bearer.

2006
Provincial Appointment

Appointed to Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies

2007
Grand Lodge Honours

Honoured in the Craft with an appointment of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in United Grand Lodge of England.

2008
Second Provincial Grand Principal

Appointed to Second Provincial Grand Principal in 2008.

2017
Assistant Provincial Grand Master

WBro Kevin Stannard is invested Assistant Provincial Grand Master.

Outside of the Craft and Chapter, Kevin enjoys membership of a number of other Orders, and is a Past Preceptor of the Royal Kent Preceptory No 20 in the Knights Templar and the current Sub Prior of the Provincial Priory of Northumberland; a Past High Priest of the Royal Kent Tabernacle TI; a Past Sovereign of the Royal Kent Chapter Rose Croix No 8 and a Past Sovereign of the Royal Kent Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine No 152.

Kevin has been happily married to Sharon for 34 years and they have two children – Michael, who works as a water sports’ instructor in Malta and Louise, who is a veterinary surgeon in Newcastle.