I promised to keep you updated with news of any developments in a timely manner, and am therefore writing to advise you of forthcoming changes in the Provincial Secretariat. Although I was advised last year of their proposed plans for the future, I have now received formal confirmation that W Bro Edward Smith, Provincial Grand Secretary / Scribe E, wishes to stand down in May. W Bro Ted has served the Secretariat in a variety of roles with distinction for more than 16 years and, since my appointment as PGM was announced in 2015, has been tireless in his support to me and the Provincial Executive. We have worked very closely together since that time and he will be sorely missed.
I am pleased to now announce that W Bro James Marsh, PAGDC, will be appointed as his successor at our Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in May 2017. James has a wealth of organisational and man management expertise – and brings with him a knowledge of ceremonial matters and, of course, senior experience in the Royal Arch.
With succession planning in mind – and to ensure that W Bro James is supported by an established team for the longer term – I can also announce that, after over 5 years in post, W Bro Tony Whiting, PAGDC, will be standing down as Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary / Scribe E at the Provincial Grand Chapter Convocation in October. W Bro Tony has also provided excellent support in all administrative matters and has been a keen supporter to W Bro Ted during his period in office.
I am also pleased to confirm that W Bro Ian Fraser, PPGSW, will be appointed as W Bro Tony’s successor, and will be invested at Provincial Grand Chapter in October and, shortly thereafter, as Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary. W Bro Ian brings with him considerable knowledge in administrative matters and, given his previous role as Provincial Grand Tyler, a vast experience in the organisation of our Provincial Grand Lodge and Chapter events.
I am sure you will join me in thanking both Ted and Tony for their huge contribution to the Province of West Kent, and in wishing them both all the very best for the future. Equally, I am sure you will all welcome James and Ian warmly to their key roles in the Province – and provide them with every support and assistance.
Yours sincerely and fraternally
Provincial Grand Master