PGM - John Gillo


John Gillo
was born in the Forest of Dean and brought up in Coleford,  where his family were well-known  and where he was educated (like his parents) at the local Grammar School.  His ancestors were Head Foresters and Freeminers.  His father was Chief Executive of the Local Authority and his grandfather a Lay Reader for 50 years.  John is the first Forester to become Head of a Masonic Order in Gloucestershire.

On leaving school,  John joined Lloyds Bank and started his career at Newent.  Further moves saw him working in Cinderford and NW London before returning to Chepstow.  Moves to Llandrindod Wells and Newnham on Severn followed.  After a spell at Monmouth,  John chose to move to Dursley and became Manager there before moving into a new role covering an area from Fairford to Thornbury.  His final career move was to Lloyds Private Banking in Cheltenham where his area expanded to cover clients across the Three Counties.

Outside the Bank, John was heavily involved with community organisations in the towns where he worked. His other principal interests were Motorsport and Equestrian activities. 

  • He was one of the team who established and ran the Wyedean Stages Rally.
  • He was the MSA’s Forestry Liaison Officer for 28 years covering the Forest of Dean and West Midland Forests.
  • He was for 25 years the Treasurer of the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs, and served as its representative to the Sports Council of Wales.
  • He was Chairman of the Mitsubishi Owners Club for a number of years.
  • His equestrian activities started when he first rode at an early age and progressed into Stewarding at various shows and Horse Trials.

During his time at Dursley he met and married Amara,  who was a partner in successful Gifts & Ladies Fashion Shop.  Amara has a daughter and son and they have five grandsons ranging from 7 to 13 living on Bournemouth & Amsterdam. 

John has had a long and distinguished Masonic Career since his initiation in 1970,  and has served as:

  • Mark Provincial Grand Secretary
  • Deputy Provincial Grand Master
  • Craft Provincial Grand Secretary
  • Craft Assistant Provincial Grand Master