E.Comp Ian Jones – Provincial Grand Mentor

This year, E.Comp. Ian Jones has been reappointed as the Royal Arch Provincial Grand Mentor, and in this capacity, he hopes to be of service to others. The provincial team is eagerly anticipating the release of an initiative similar to the Pathway but with a specific focus on Royal Arch.

In his professional life, Ian works at the Royal Mint as the COMAH Manager and Head of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Processes. He holds the designation of Chartered Chemist and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His academic achievements include a first-class honors degree in Chemical Engineering and membership in the Institution of Chemical Engineering, with the status of Chartered Engineer. He proudly carries the Designatory Letters C.Eng. B.Eng. MIChemE. C.Chem MRSC.

Masonically, Ian was initiated into the Craig Yr Hesg Lodge No. 6724 in Pontypridd in 2001. Over the years, he has held various offices within the Lodge, including Mentor, Preceptor, and currently serves as the Lodge Secretary and Royal Arch Representative. In 2009, he was exalted into the Gelligaer Chapter No. 6298, eventually becoming the First Principal. His journey in Royal Arch continued with appointments and promotions in Provincial Grand Chapter.

In Mark Masonry, he was advanced into the Arthur Lewis Mark Lodge No. 585 and later served as its Master. He also received appointments and promotions in Provincial Mark Masonry and is a member of Arthur Lewis Royal Ark Mariners No. 585.

His journey in Knights Templar led him to the Fforest Preceptory No. 582, where he was installed as a knight and subsequently became its Eminent Preceptor. He also holds an appointment in Provincial Knights Templar. In Malta Degree, he was elected Eminent Prior and later became the Fforest Prior Chancellor.

Additionally, he is involved in the Masonic Order of Athelstan, where he was instructed into the Court of Penychen and served as its Master, receiving Provincial Honours.

Throughout his Masonic journey, E.Comp Ian has come to understand the pressures and stresses that can sometimes distract members from the original reasons they joined Freemasonry – a thirst for knowledge and understanding, helping others, and finding enjoyment in the craft.

He aims to lend a listening ear and support his Brethren and Companions, fostering an environment where Freemasonry can be enjoyed and passed on to others.

As the new Masonic season approaches, Ian looks forward to meeting as many fellow Masons as possible in the coming weeks and months, offering his assistance whenever needed.