Meet the Team
Meet the Lewis Masonic Team
David Ian Allan | ChairmanDavid Ian Allan was born 7th July 1954. He was initiated into Freemasonry on 2nd December 1977, passed on October 27th 1978 and raised on 23rd February 1979 into the Ashford Manor Lodger No. 5045 in the Province of Middlesex.
He was installed as Worshipful Master in April 1984, and served as Director of Ceremonies between 1985 - 87, Secretary 1987 – 97, Charity Steward 1997 – 2000, and Chaplain 2004 – 2007. He is currently a member of Albert Duke of York Lodge No 4970, who amalgamated with Ashford Manor in 2006.
He joined Prince Michael of Kent Lodge No. 9120, the lodge for Provincial Grand Steward of Middlesex in 1984 where he served the offices of Assistant Secretary, ADC, DC and was installed as Master in 1999.
He also joined Middlesex Masters, No 3420 in 1992 and served as Secretary 2002 – 2004 and Senior Warden in 2009.
He was the founding Junior Deacon of Scriveners Lodge No 9588 in 1995 serving as Charity Steward 1996 – 1997, Secretary 1997 – 2000 and was installed as Worshipful Master in 2001.
He joined Quadratic Lodge No 1691 in 2000 and was installed as Master in 2011 and joined Globe No 23 in 2001 where he was installed as Master in 2010 as a consequence of which he was appointed Grand Steward in 2011 and elected into Grand Stewards Lodge the same year.
David was exalted in to the Hanworth Park Chapter on 22nd February 1989, and joined Berkeley Chapter No 7591 four years later and was installed as MEZ in 1989 and served as ScribeE 2001 – 2007.
He joined Middlesex First Principals in 1999 and Prince Michael of Kent Chapter the following year and was founding ScribeN of Scriveners Chapter in 2003, where he was elected Third Principal in 2004.
David was also advanced into St Pancras Lodge of MMM’s and the RAM in 2003, joining Tower Hamlets No 892 in 2005 and was installed as Worshipful Master in 2009.
David was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Middlesex Charity Forum in 1990 and Secretary the following year and was appointed Secretary of the Middlesex 98 Festival in 1993 and the Festival Chairman for the Staines Masonic Centre in 1996. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Middlesex Charity Forum and Chairman in 2010 and is currently Chairman of the Middlesex Charity Awareness Committee.
David served as Vice Chairman of the Middlesex 2009 Festival Committee from 2004 – 2009.
He served as a Visiting Officer in Middlesex 1998 – 2004.
He was elected and served as a Director of the Twickenham District Masonic Centre from 2007 – 2010.
Was the organiser of the Master and Initiates receptions in Middlesex from 1986 – 1989 and also organised the Mason 2000 Conference at the rugby stadium in Twickenham in 2000.
In 1998 he was part of the team that set up the Staines Masonic Hall Museum and in 2006 edited the GLMMM 150 Souvenir Brochure.
Appointments in Provincial Grand Lodge:
Appointments in Grand Lodge:
Appointments in Provincial Grand Chapter:
Appointments in GLMMM:
Martin Faulks | General ManagerMartin was born in Norwich, 21 December 1977.
He was educated at Hewett School in Norwich. During his youth he became a proficient martial artist, winning three gold medals at regional level in the Korean art Kuk Sool Won. His love of sport extended to fencing and he achieved the status of Norfolk Fencing Champion in 1993.
Martin’s interest in history and philosophy led him to Freemasonry; he was initiated into Burlington Lodge No 96 in December 2001, raised to the Third degree in 2003. One of the earliest founded lodges in England, Burlington was the first to ever have an Inner Guard, and one of the two lodges that founded the Emulation Lodge of Improvement, which went on to found Emulation Ritual which is the most popular form of Masonic Craft Ritual in the United Kingdom. Martin took the chair in 2008 and is currently Assistant Director of Ceremonies.
Having found a passion for Freemasonry, Martin, who was at the time running a book distribution company with his wife, felt he would like to put more into Masonry and so approached David Allan to see if there was an opportunity with such an eminent firm and to help support Freemasonry. He then became Marketing Manager of the Lewis Masonic imprint in 2005.
Martin then joined Cabbell Lodge no 807 in Norwich, and held the position of Master in 2008 but retired from the lodge after his year in the chair due to time restrictions.
He is past Master of Canonbury Tower Lodge which is held in the spectacular surroundings of Canonbury Tower in Islington, London. The former home of Sir Francis Bacon, this lodge is filled with some of the most interesting and scholarly minds in Freemasonry.
Other Masonic memberships included:
Dr Mike Kearsley | Editor - The Square Magazine
Dr Mike Kearsley was born and raised in Lancashire. He attended Liverpool University and trained as a teacher in Geography and Economics. After teaching in Liverpool he emigrated to New Zealand where he taught Economics in a boys public school as well as taking a Masters degree and other teaching qualifications.
He then left teaching for the commercial world. During his career, he was in sales and management in IBM, the marketing director for Alexander Stenhouse and Marsh Mclennan, insurance brokers, the marketing director for Computations Plc, now part of Misys and principal consultant in Coopers and Lybrand (PWC) management consultancy. On his return to the UK he gained a doctorate from Surrey University researching sales reluctance in professional advisers. He has operated as an independent management consultant for many years and continues to lecture in marketing, consultancy and general business areas at several Universities. He holds a number of degrees in business and education and is a fellow of many professional bodies for the same. He is the author of a number of publications and papers in these areas. He has travelled extensively for business purposes and as a guest lecturer and speaker at conferences.
In his masonic career he was initiated into freemasonry in the Hawera Lodge No 34 in Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand and was passed and raised in Mairehau Lodge No 391 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Later he joined the David Bonner Lodge No 9678, the Musicians Lodge of the province of Middlesex, under the English constitution becoming its Master in 2010 and Secretary. He is a member of the Temple of Athene Research Lodge No 9541, becoming Master in 2013, the Feltham Lodge No 7307, becoming Master in 2012, Quatuor Coronati Lodge No 2076 and London Stone RA Chapter No 2541, becoming MEZ in 2012.
He has always had an interest in Masonic research and was a member of the correspondence circle of Masters and Past Masters Research Lodge, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has, therefore, produced many papers and presentations for Masonic audiences. He is Provincial Grand Orator for Middlesex. The province of Middlesex is part of the national oration scheme and continues to provide over 100 presentations to lodges each year. In 2011 he was awarded the Norman Spencer prize, by Quatuor Coronati Lodge, for a paper on the formation of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand and was subsequently offered full membership of the lodge, where he is now secretary. He was awarded the Prestonian lectureship for 2014 and took up his appointment as editor of The Square in December 2013. He lives in Walton on Thames with his wife, Anne, and amongst other hobbies is principal tuba with the British Airways band.
Vera West | Customer Services AssistantPlease let us introduce you to our new Customer Services Assistant, who spent many years working in the subscriptions department for The Square magazine.
Vera will be able to offer you a one-to-one service for all areas of your consumer needs whether on the end of the telephone or via email.
John Galvin | Warehouse SupervisorJohn has many years of personal knowledge of the Masonic trade from his previous work with Ian Allan Regalia and also from his invaluable experience as a Past Master of St Dunstons Lodge number 1589.
He will facilitate regular deliveries, an accurate packing service and efficient stock control.