E.Comp Robert G. Payne, ProvGSN
E.Comp Rob was Exalted in Emerald Chapter No. 5907, Cardiff on 19th May 2008 and Installed as First Principal in 2017.
A joining member of Hendre Chapter No. 3250, where he is currently Charity Steward. Rob is also a Founding member of Colonnade Chapter No. 7305 and has been Treasurer since 2018.
In Provincial Grand Chapter E.Comp Robert was appointed to Provincial Grand Charity Steward in 2018, one of the first to serve a joint role of the same office in Royal Arch and Craft, and he continues in this Office. He was Appointed as Provincial Grand Scribe N in June 2021.
In the Craft, E.Comp Rob was Initiated into Freemasonry in Emerald Lodge No. 5907, Cardiff on 28th February 2006, by his Father W.Bro. Geoffrey Payne, making him the third consecutive generation to join the Fraternity, after his Grandfather. W.Bro. Captain Pierre Payne, MBE; who was Initiated into Emerald Lodge, on the 27th April 1949.
E.Comp Robert duly served in all the progressive offices of the Lodge and was Installed as Worshipful Master on 24th January 2012. Since his Mastership, he has served the lodge as Treasurer, Lodge Liaison Officer and Home Charities Representative.
He is a joining member of Hendre Lodge No.3250, where he currently undertakes the office of Charity Steward.
He is also a joining member of South Wales Provincial Grand Stewards’ Lodge No.8900 and is a Founding member of Welsh Rugby Clubs Lodge No. 9986.
In Provincial Grand Lodge, he was Appointed as Provincial Grand Steward in 2016 and was promoted to Past Provincial Grand Mentor and Acting Deputy Membership Officer for the Province in 2017, overseeing the recruitment of over 300 initiates in the Tercentenary year. E.Comp Rob was further promoted to Provincial Grand Charity Steward in 2018 and continues in this Office.
Earlier this year, E.Comp Rob was Appointed to PAGStB in United Grand Lodge and also received a commendation from the Most Worshipful Grand Master, for his outstanding contribution to Freemasonry’s role in our Nations fight against Covid-19.
E.Comp Robert proudly served as a Trustee of the Masonic Benevolent Fund of South Wales from 2015 until 2019. In 2019 he was also invited to serve on the Charity Stewards’ Advisory Group and was also appointed as Masonic Charitable Foundation Representative for the South Wales Province. In 2020 he was invited to work with Regional Communications Group 4 to oversee the Freemasons Covid-19 community fund grants.
In Mark Masonry, he was advanced in the Langley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 28 on 7th April 2010 serving in all the progressive offices and he became Worshipful Master in 2017. In the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, he was appointed as Provincial Grand Steward in 2016, serving this active Provincial Office for 2 years. He was admitted as a joining member of South Wales Mark Provincial Stewards’ Lodge No. 1829 in 2016 and South Wales Installed Mark Master Masons Lodge in 2017. He was Promoted in Provincial Grand Lodge to Past Provincial Junior Grand Overseer in 2019.
Rob was elevated in the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners in the St. John’s Lodge No. 28 on 17th April 2013, serving all the progressive offices and was Elected to be Commander in 2019 (due to be Installed in April 2020, but) due to Covid-19 this has been delayed until November 2021.