Chairman - C. Burke
I am proud to be a founding member of the Five of Nine Club, and having being involved in its development from an idea to one of the most successful new and young masons clubs in the UK. I joined Freemasonry in 2012 through the UGLE University Scheme and was initiated into the University of Birmingham Lodge 5628, where I am currently the Junior Warden. By day, I am in the process of completing my PhD and relishi the time I spend with my young family. I am interested in the Arts, Culture, Tech, International Relations, and all things Marvel. If you were to ask me, Apple or Android? It’s Android every day. What’s left of my free time is dedicated to learning Spanish and Wing Chun Kung Fu.
Deputy Chairman - S. Phillips
Being Secretary of Five of Nine during its first year is an absolute pleasure. I have been a Freemason for 10 years, I am originally a Staffordshire mason. I have relatively recently moved to the Lodge of Freedom in Warwickshire where I am the Worshipful Master. I am also a member of Faith and Hope Holy Royal Arch Chapter, Harry Wilson Mark Master Masons Lodge and am honoured to be a founding member of the Lodge of Collegiate. Outside of Freemasonry I work in a large secondary school. I will soon be starting my Masters Degree.
Membership Secretary - W. Wakefield
I'm a new Freemason myself having been initiated in December 2015 so being a part of the formation of the Five of Nine Club has been a hugely rewarding start to my life as a mason. This year I will be raised to Master Mason at my mother lodge St. Peter's which I was proposed and initiated into by our club chairman Dan. At home I have a beautiful wife and two year old boy and we are expecting another bundle of joy in March. My wife and I run a catering and food development consultancy which has been a real rollercoaster ride for the last few years and the best job I've ever had! In any spare time we do have, we enjoy spending time with our extended family and rambling through the local parks and forests.
Secretary - C. Foster
I have been involved with Five of Nine since its initial formation and I really enjoy the role of Social Events Secretary. It is fantastic to see how 5of9 has grown over such a short period of time. I am currently Junior Warden of St Peter's Lodge having been proposed into Freemasonry in 2010 by our chairman Dan. I really enjoy my Masonry, the journey and the challenge of the different roles, so much so I have proposed both my brother and father into Freemasonry. I have one daughter and I will be marrying my fiancée later this year. My other passion is dogs, I currently have four working dogs at home, training and developing them into working animals has been very rewarding, away from my family, dogs and Freemasonry I also enjoy martial arts.
Event Secretary - D. Norman
Having been initiated into Freemasonry in 2015 as an active member of Lodge of Development, it is splendid to now also be part of a Masonic community specifically assisting younger members. My first experience of 5 of 9 was a charitable event re-decorating a facility at the local Children’s Hospice. It was obvious the founding Committee were keen to make a difference, having fun while exemplifying the principles of brotherly support and charity. Subsequent social, charitable and educational events have been superb and assisting the Committee was something of a “no brainer”. Outside of Masonry, I am recently married to a beautiful, supportive (and patient!) wife. I am involved in several businesses, primarily in property and focusing on refurbishment - a long term passion. Interests include fitness and personal development.
Past Chairman/ Committee Member - D. Thomas PProvJGD
Having been initiated into St Peter’s Lodge No 7334 back in 2008, I held every progressive office becoming Worshipful Master in 2008 a role that I thoroughly enjoyed as did my wife, Jenna. Through our Charitable activities not only did we have an awful lot of fun, but we raised a huge amount of money (£11,000) for local charity Autism West Midlands, rewarding doesn’t cover it! At the same time, I was also in the process of forming and launching the Five of Nine Club. As founding Chairman, I look back on the last 2 ½ years with immense pride and satisfaction at what we have achieved as a close-knit team of volunteers, and I look forward to supporting the Club as it grows in strength and number under the great leadership of current Chairman Bro Carey Burke. I have held active office within the Province as a Provincial Grand Steward from 2017-2018, and have recently been exalted into Athol Chapter No 74 a ceremony I will never forget! I still hold office within my mother lodge and will soon be invested as DC; there is always a new challenge! I am also a member of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire’s Education and Development committee and been involved in many of the recent initiatives including the three-year plan and 20/20 Vision. Outside of Freemasonry I am a 24/7 shift worker, married to my beautiful wife and we have two small children who never stop, so sitting still doesn’t happen often!
Committee Member - R. Hinckley
I was very proudly initiated into my Mother Lodge St Augustines No. 3713 who meet at the Redditch Masonic Hall and passed through my 3rd Degree to become Master Mason in early 2017. I was introduced to the Five of Nine Club at the Initiates Dinner and joined them all on a number of events. I was made to feel extremely welcome and realising what a great bunch of 'like minded' chaps they were, I was very pleased to have been invited to join the 2017/18 Committee. Only a few years into my Masonic career I now wear my Five of Nine Tie and Pin with pride when attending my own lodge meetings and as a visitor to others, and enjoy explaining what the club is about to them. I work as a Business Development Manager for a leading global Bridging & Civil Engineering Services Business and in my spare enjoy travelling with my wife both in the UK and overseas.
Committee Member - C. Bennett
I was proudly initiated into my Mother Lodge, Lodge of Happiness No. 7952, in 2010. I have thoroughly enjoyed all my years in Freemasonry and I have become a member of Faith and Hope Holy Royal Arch Chapter, No. 4772, and I have recently become a member of the Lodge of Industry, No. 5123. I am also a member of The 5 Point Circle, Lodge of Instruction who meet every Tuesday. Its purpose is to develop Masons who are below rank of Worshipful Master. Over a number of years I have gained invaluable knowledge and practiced and developed my ritual. In my Mother Lodge I am currently Senior Warden and I look forward to my time as Worshipful Master. My first event with the Five of Nine Club was a charitable event where a group of us decorated communal areas of a Children’s Hospice. This event made it clear that the Five of Nine Club could make a real difference and I have had no hesitation in becoming a member and supporting them with their charitable work and social events. I have a very supportive wife at home and a young son; I work as a Health, Safety and Environmental Officer for an Automotive Firm in Birmingham. I have a keen interest in both motor racing and martial arts.
Committee Member - D. Thompson
I am very proud to be associated with the Five of Nine Club and hold the office of Treasurer. It’s ace! Not only do I get to work alongside some really exciting and positive committee members, I get to oversee all aspects of the club’s financial management and work very closely with other members of the committee to safeguard the organisations finances. I am a Master Mason and a member of Elkington Lodge 1016, which is in St Paul’s Square, and my role here is Inner Guard. I am also a member of the General Lodge of Instruction. I have three kids, seven grand kids and a very supportive girlfriend, Deb - who supports me in both Freemasonry and general family life. Deb and I work in our own busy Mortgage & Protection Brokerage, helping our clients to realise their dream of owning their own home or simply saving money by transferring their existing mortgage to a new lender to get a better deal.