St Matthew Group of London Chapters

V∴Ill∴Bro. Richard John Hopkinson-Woolley MA (Oxon)

Inspector General Designate in Charge St Matthew Group

Richard read Classics at Oxford before law school in London and starting his career as a solicitor.  He currently practises in the City of London with an international law firm.  His focus is on Real Estate.  He sails a 12 ft clinker built dinghy in the summer on the Isle of Wight, where he was born, and otherwise plays Real Tennis at Queen’s Club – neither of which slightly esoteric sports he is much good at!

Richard was initiated into Apollo University Lodge in May 1989 aged 19, joining Stowe Lodge No 9002 in London a year later and becoming Master in 1997.  He is a member of three other London lodges and two London Royal Arch Chapters, having been Exalted in 1991.  He has served as Metropolitan Deputy Grand Registrar in both Craft and Royal Arch and was active Assistant Grand Registrar in UGLE in 2014.

Richard was perfected in Bayard Chapter Number 71 (St James Group) in 1992 and has been Recorder of the Chapter during a number of periods over the years.  He was a petitioner and founding member of Amici Concilii Chapter Number 1204 (St Peter Group) and is currently Recorder.  He was appointed Inspector General Designate of St Matthew Group of London Rose Croix Chapters in January 2020 in succession to V Ill. Bro Viscount Gough and has been formally “in charge” of the Group since 1st August 2020.  He awaits his Installation.

Ill∴ Bro John Skinner 31˚

Group Recorder

John, born in 1953, was initiated in Dreadnought Lodge No. 4366 in 1983. He was perfected in John Tower Chapter 549 in 1997 and enthroned MWS in 2004. He held the appointment of Recorder in John Tower Chapter from 2006 to 2012 and has been Treasurer from 2012 to the present. He was appointed Group Recorder in 2015.