Robert Wright, was invested as Assistant Provincial Grand Master responsible for the Ormskirk and District and Southport Groups at the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge held in the Winter Garden in Blackpool.
Robert was born on 19 March 1961 in Meols on the Wirral. He was educated at Birkenhead School and Calday Grammar. On leaving school with A Levels he went to work at the Commercial Union Insurance Co as a management trainee, studying for his ACII exams in the evening.
These were interrupted, when in 1982, his father, offered him a place in the family business which was eagerly accepted as he had only recently got engaged to Tina.
He married Tina in 1983 and moved to Formby to work in the business and then as his children, Peter, Mark and Heather came along he moved to Ainsdale.
He has always been a keen sportsman having captained his school cross country team, played rugby for Calday and Hoylake and was an active member of the local tennis club. His claim to fame is that he ran the inaugural Wirral Marathon in 1981.
Robert says “BC (before children) I remember having spare time and was once persuaded to tread the boards at Formby Little Theatre. By popular demand he has never repeated this performance and opted to act as a Stage Manager instead for several years.”
Robert is now the Managing Director of the family owned electrical retail stores business. Over the years he has helped grow the business to five stores. He is always busy looking for new trends, brands or products to progress further. Robert said that whilst it is rewarding he has little leisure time these days as the business and Freemasonry takes most of his time
Robert and Tina enjoy travelling and in recent years have visited China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Canada and South Africa.
Robert’s Masonic career began in 1985 he was initiated by his father, Roger Wright, into Tollemache Lodge No 4736 which met in Birkenhead, in the Province of Cheshire. He was worshipful master in 1993/94. Robert joined Starkie Lodge No 1070 which meets in Southport in 1995 and he took the chair in 1998. He became a member of County Palatine Lodge No 2505 in 2008. Robert served as Southport Group Charity Steward from 2005 to 2009.
In 2001 Robert received his first appointment in Provincial Grand Lodge as Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. In 2005 he was promoted to PPrDGSuptWks and in 2009 he received further promotion to Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies. After serving as PrDGDC for three years he was promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden. Promotion to Grand rank followed in 2013 when he was appointed PAGDC.
Robert was exalted into Fermor Chapter No 1313 in 1995. He was installed as first principal in 1999 but since resigned. He is a member of Provincial Grand Stewards’ Chapter No 8516 and Scarisbrick Chapter No 2295. Robert was appointed PrGStwd in 2004 and promoted to PPrGSwdB in 2008 with appointment to PrDGDC in 2012. When Robert completed three years as PrDGDC he received promotion to PPrGSN
Robert said of his appointment: “I was honoured to be asked to take this important role and am looking forward to the challenges which the position will afford me. I hope to continue to contribute to the excellent work being done in both the Ormskirk and District and Southport Groups.”
His investiture was made all the more memorable by the fact that his chain-bearer on the day was Robert Shaw. He said, “Robert was my proposer’s and seconder’s closest friend and i was proud to have that link to both my father and Starkie Lodge on what was a most memorable day”