Provincial Grand Learning and Development Officer – W. Bro. Simon J. Francis, PAGDC

W.Bro. Simon is an experienced Mason with over thirty years in the Craft, Royal Arch and several other orders. He has been an active officer in South Wales Province on several occasions and has previously held the position of Provincial Grand Mentor, so is no stranger to Learning and Development.

In his new role as head of the Learning and Development team in the province, supporting Craft Lodges and Royal Arch Chapters, his goal is to boost interest in Masonic learning and make it a regular part of meetings.

The team has a group of orators and event planners, that offer a range of events and lectures to complement your Lodge and Chapter activities.

We encourage Lodges and Chapters to take the lead on learning activities using the “Solomon” repository from UGLE, which is a great learning tool that can be used by the Lodge Mentor to develop more inexperienced Masons along their journey into the Chair and beyond, Solomon is the go-to place for all your learning and development needs.

The Learning and Development team focuses on four main areas: presentations, events, research, and communications.

If your Lodge wants a talk from the presentations team, they can email

The events team specializes in organizing Province-wide learning events, and you can reach them at

The Provincial Research Group meets quarterly to discuss masonic research, and the Research Lead manages the Provincial Research Library based at Albert Edward Prince of Wales court, Porthcawl. You can Contact them at

Lastly, the Communications Lead promotes talks, events, and other learning content through social media ( and @SWalesLearning).

If your query falls outside of the above areas, W.Bro. Simon can be contacted at or on mobile 07967150892