Trustees and Principal Officers

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  • The trustees have overall responsibility for the governance of the charity which they perform through regular meetings of the main trustee board and through sub-committees which monitor finance and the way in which assistance is granted.

    Five of the trustees are appointed by different sections of Freemasons within the Province of West Lancashire. These five trustees then consider the additional skills required on the trustee board and co-opt a further two appropriately qualified trustees.

    The trustees are responsible for appointing the principal officers of the charity.

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    John Smith
    Interim CEO WLFC

    John was born in 1955 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1979. He semi-retired in 2008 having been in practice for 25 years specialising in corporate finance and advising SME clients. He continues to look after the affairs of a number of clients and holds several directorships across a selection of industries.
    John was initiated into Wyreside Lodge No 2605 in 1980 and became involved with the charities in 2002 when he was appointed a trustee and treasurer of the West Lancashire Masonic Educational Trust.
    Following the merger of the charities in 2008, he became a grant executive with responsibility for community applications. He served as the CEO of the WLFC from April 2012 to March 2016 when he was appointed as a trustee.
    John is currently the Interim CEO.

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    Mark Matthews
    Chairman of Trustees

    Mark joined Masonry in 1996. He holds National Management Qualifications and a Master of Science Degree in Drug and Alcohol Use and Addictions.
    He retired from Merseyside Police, as a Chief Superintendent in 2008. He worked for several years as a Senior Investigating Officer in regards to Homicide and other Serious and Organised Crime. He also held significant Project Management and Strategic Planning positions. During his final three years of service, he was the Commander for Sefton Borough. He managed all local policing issues, over 800 staff, the Grand National Festival and many other major events and incidents. He was the chair of the Local Criminal Justice Board and the Local Crime and Disorder Partnership. From 2008 – 2010 he was appointed by the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), as a National Drugs Crime Investigation Co-ordinator, having responsibilities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
    He was appointed to the Board of Trustees on 1 April 2012.

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    Derek Parkinson

    Derek had wanted to become a doctor from the age of 11, and in 1970 he became a medical student at Liverpool University, qualifying in 1975.
    Derek worked in Liverpool and Cardiff until in 1986 when he was appointed Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Fazakerley Hospital Liverpool, and subsequently at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. He retired from medical practice in 2012 but continues to work part time at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, as Chief Clinical Information Officer.
    Derek received his first appointment to Provincial Grand Chapter in 1997 as acting Provincial Grand Steward, with a promotion to PPrPGSoj in 2001.In April 2012 he was invested as an Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals.
    In Provincial Grand Lodge he was promoted in 2001 to Provincial Senior Grand Warden. Promotion to Grand rank followed in 2005 when he was appointed PAGDC. He was invested as Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Bootle, Gladstone and Garston Groups of Lodges in March 2014 and as he continues in that post. Derek represents the WLFC in the Craft cabinet.


  • Peter-Levick

    Peter Levick

    Peter joined the board of trustees on 1 April 2010. He was previously the chairman of the Bootle Group of Lodges and Chapters.
    A chartered builder by profession he spent the majority of his working life in general and financial management of various organisations in both the private and public sectors.
    Peter also serves on the Provincial Membership Officers Committee as Liverpool Regional co-ordinator, he is also a trustee of Litherland Masonic Hall, Secretary to the Liverpool Group Chairmans’ Forum and chairman of the WLFC Festival organising committee.

  • Michael Collins

    Michael who was born in Liverpool is a retired Solicitor having been a partner in general practice in the city for over 30 years.  He was appointed as a trustee of WLFC in 2014. He is a trustee of the Liverpool Ladies Institution a charity assisting persons born in the City of Liverpool or resident on Merseyside and has for 30 years been a trustee (latterly as chairman) of The Liverpool Shipping Staffs Association a charity over a 100 years old whose charitable objects are similar in many respects to those of WLFC in so far as they refer to former employees in the Liverpool shipping industry.  He was initiated into Freemasonry in 1974 in the Province of Cheshire. He was appointed as the Provincial Senior Grand Warden of the Province West Lancashire in 2010 and was appointed to PAGReg in 2014.

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    Barrie Crossley

    Barrie was initiated into Lodge of Furness No 995 in 1994. He was appointed as a Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2010 after three years he moved to the same role in the Royal Arch.
    As a Chartered Physicist, Barrie worked for almost 20 years for a major engineering company. Initially working on an offshore project he progressed into other challenging multi-discipline areas finishing with the job title of Chief Scientist. During this time he was honoured by being selected as the first ‘Invincible Scholar’ spending time at sea on HMS Invincible. He was also chairman of the staff association representing approximately 1,000 management staff around the UK.
    Subsequently Barrie entered consultancy and as a business counsellor worked between Lancaster and the Scottish Border, for a time being the lead business counsellor for the Carlisle region. Barrie has also worked with several universities in particular enjoying a long association with Lancaster University Business School where he has lectured and tutored at undergraduate and Post-graduate level in topics such as business development, entrepreneurship, new venture creation, business strategy and innovation.
    Other activities include being a long-serving Governor of Dowdales School, in Dalton-in-Furness and a range of countryside interests he shares with his wife Carol, a recently retired GP.