Worshipful Bro. David Heley, PProvSGW
David was born in Oxford on 12 April 1944 and brought up in a village in Bedfordshire. After leaving school he studied at the University of London gaining a BSc in Mathematics, Physics and (some) Psychology and, after starting teaching, he went on to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
David has spent all his working life in education, starting his teaching career teaching science in a London overspill school in Hertfordshire. After a year he moved into Further Education working at Dunstable College before moving to Kent. He completed his career as a Senior Manager at North West Kent College as a Director of Faculty and finally as the Project Manager for a multi-million pound project to relocate one of the college campuses.
He has been married to Margaret for 28 years. They have no children but have been put through their paces as honorary grandparents by three very active great nieces.
David has always enjoyed playing sports and participating in outdoor activities. Without doubt more time studying and less time spent at the University Mountain Centre participating in rock climbing and walking, would have led to a better degree. David was the junior pole vault junior champion for Bedfordshire – in the days before “bendy” poles.
David still plays badminton on a regular basis and, in his younger and fitter days, represented his club in the Bedfordshire badminton leagues.
Holidays with Margaret are an important part of his life and although faraway places now tend to be limited to the odd cruise he spends as much time as possible in Spain. He admits to being an unashamed Hispanophile and so has a love of Spanish food, wine and culture. He has been attempting to learn to speak Spanish for about 40 years with very limited success!
David enjoys working in the garden at home but admits to being a fair weather gardener.
David is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the William Pinn Charity Trust, a local charity that distributes about £200,000 per year to the needy people of pensionable age in the Gravesham area.
David was initiated into the Erasmus Wilson Lodge number 1464 in November 1993, becoming Worshipful Master in 2004 and Treasurer in his year as IPM in 2005, a post he held until 2014 and took up again in 2016. He was Lodge Director of Ceremonies from 2011 to 2015.
David was appointed as a Provincial Grand Steward in 2010 and in 2013 was promoted to Provincial Grand Mentor, a role he still holds. He was appointed Provincial Senior Grand Warden in April 2015.
David is a member of the Kent Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge and was exalted into St Albans Chapter, No 29, in 2002 and later joined Gravesham Chapter No 5337. He is also a member of Saint Andrews Mark Masons Lodge and the Cornwallis Chapter Rose Croix.