Joe Shearer

Provincial Grand Directors of Ceremonies’


The role of the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies (Provincial GDC) is to ensure that Ceremonial within the Province is carried out in an accurate and dignified manner and to ensure that correct Protocol is maintained at all times.

To this end he is responsible for the organisation and planning of all meetings to which there is an official attendance by a Presiding officer from the Province, or delegation of Provincial officers. These meetings will include Consecrations, Centenaries and other Anniversaries, Banner Dedications, Combined and Pan Essex meetings. He is also responsible for all organising the ceremonial and protocol aspects of the Provincial Grand Chapter meeting usually held in September at Great Queen Street.

He has a team of 3 x Provincial Deputy Grand Directors of Ceremonies (Deputy DCs), 4 x Assistant Grand Directors of Ceremonies (ADCs) and up to 16 Provincial Grand Stewards (ProvGStwds).

The Provincial GDC maintains the Provincial Executive visit diary and will assign visits to his Deputy DCs and ADCs to escort the Provincial Grand Principals and their Assistants (APGPs). He is responsible for the assignment of visits to the ProvGStwds, but this is usually assigned to one of his Deputy DCs.

The Provincial DC will also personally escort the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent or his Deputy to official visits.

The Provincial DC will arrange training for all incoming active Provincial Officers who will form part of a ceremonial escort such as the Deputy DCs, ADCs, Provincial Sword and Standard Bearers, ProvGStwds etc. He will also arrange and carry out rehearsals for the same team for Provincial Grand Chapter and other ceremonial visits. He also maintains the handbook for the Deputy DCs and ADCs and the ProvGStwd Responsibility document. To provide support to MEGS, DepGSupt or Executive as required and to provide input into the annual promotion panels and to assist in planning and development of officers.

About Joe

Joe was born in Wanstead, London in 1970 and moved into Essex in 2003 finally settling in Thorpe Le Soken, in North East Essex in 2016. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1995 and the spent 7 years running the commercial arm of a telecoms company before returning to general accountancy practice in 2003 where he has been a partner since 2005 and managing partner since 2012. In his spare time he enjoys horse-riding regularly, follows Leyton Orient Football Club and enjoys F1 and other forms of motor sport. He also enjoys walks with his wife, 3 children and 2 dogs.

Joe was initiated into Jubilee Lodge No 9475 in 2004 and was exalted into Royal Forest Chapter No 9475 in 2005. He is also a member of Essex Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter No 8665, Essex First Principals Chapter No 3256 and Venturer Chapter No 7897 as well as a member of Old Loughtonians Lodge No 7311, Essex Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No 8665, North Essex Masters No 9831, Lodge of Daily Advancement No 9979, Bear and Ragged Staff Lodge No 8527 and West Essex Lodge No 2561. He is also a Mark Master Mason.
Joe Shearer