Den was born in Norfolk but was brought up in Sunderland and, together with Dorothy his wife, still lives there. They have three daughters, Diane, Kaye and Louise, and three grandchildren, Melanie, Philip and Matthew.
All his working years have been spent in and around the City, his initial training and occupation being as an engineer in the aircraft industry. His subsequent career includes a spell in electronics components manufacture, first as an engineering manager then as production manager; followed by being works manager in the ceramics industry; then several years as an academic at the University of Sunderland, first as a lecturer in management then as Director of the of the Business School, a role in which he played a major part in the development of the St Peters Campus of the University. It was in 1988, during his time as an academic, that Den earned a Doctorate. In 1993 the University conferred on him a Professorship in recognition of his work.
Den’s Masonic journey began formally when he was initiated into Palatine Lodge, which meets in Sunderland, in 1973. Since then he has joined and become an active member of many other Masonic Orders and held senior office in several of them. This of course includes the Mark, in which he was installed as Provincial Grand Master on Tuesday 16th September 2014.
In 2011 he was installed as District Grand Master for Durham in the Order of Royal and Select Masters, a position he held until September 2017. In Craft Masonry the most senior offices he has held are Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 2005, Assistant Provincial Grand Master from 2006 to 2008, and Deputy Provincial Grand Master from 2008 to 2012.
Away from Freemasonry Den plays golf whenever possible. However he finds himself spending increasing amounts of time as Dorothy’s labourer, working under her close supervision in her much loved garden.