Who's who

  • 1578 0003 1stGrandPrincipleHRH THE DUKE OF KENT, KG, GCMG, GCVO, ADC
    // First Grand Principal 


    Prince Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick, born in 1935. Educated at Eton and Le Rosey, Switzerland. He is a cousin both of the Queen and of the Duke of Edinburgh. His father, who was Grand Master 193942, was the fourth son of King George V, and his mother, Princess Marina, was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece. He has been the First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England since he was first elected in 1967.
  • 1578 0006 Pro1stGrandPrinciplePETER GEOFFREY LOWNDES
    // Pro First Grand Principal


    Peter Lowndes was born in 1948, educated at Eton, and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). He served as Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies from 198487, as Grand Sword Bearer in 1992–93, and as Grand Director of Ceremonies from 19952003. Promoted to Past Grand Scribe N in 2000, and to Past 2nd Grand Principal in 2004, he was installed as Pro First Grand Principal in April 2009.
  • 2015 - Russell Race 2 650Russell Race DL
    // Second Grand Principal


    Russell Race was born in 1946 and educated at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester, and the University of Liverpool. He served as Metropolitan Grand Superintendent from 2009 until October 2015, having previously served as Deputy Metropolitan Grand Superintendent since 2003. He was installed as 2nd Grand Principal on 11 November 2015.
  • 2016-Third Grand PrincipalGARETH JONES OBE
    // Third Grand Principal 


    Gareth Jones was born in 1957.

    He served as a Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in South Wales in 2001, and was promoted to Past Provincial Grand Registrar in 2008.  Appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer in 2011, he was promoted to Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer in 2014.  He was installed as 3rd Grand Principal in April 2016.
  • David Staples, Grand Scribe EDR DAVID STAPLES FRCP
    // Grand Scribe E 


    David Staples was born in 1974 and studied biochemistry and medicine at the University of Oxford.

    After specialising in Acute Medicine, he held senior clinical roles across the UK before moving into the management of clinical services, and latterly Clinical Director for the Division of Medicine and Emergency Care at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    Initiated into Freemasonry in 1997, he was appointed Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2016.

    He was appointed to the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer of United Grand Lodge of England in September 2017, and appointed Grand Scribe E in April 2018.
  • First Grand Principal
  • Pro First Grand Principal
  • Second Grand Principal
  • Third Grand Principal
  • Grand Scribe E