Meet The Men at The Top, Mel Shah, ProvGSE
E Comp Mehulkumar Shah, PGStB, ProvGSE
"Mel", our Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra was born in Kenya, one of three siblings. Mel went to school in Mombasa and after completing his O-level exams emigrated to the UK for further education in 1974. Mel completed his A-levels at Merton Technical College in South London and during the summer of 1975, won a place at the London Hospital Medical College, University of London, to study dentistry. He graduated in 1980.
Mel worked as an associate dental surgeon, in a practice in High Wycombe for 18 months before embarking in a practice of his own in 1982. Practicing in Finsbury Park, north London for a busy NHS practice before retiring in 2012.
Mel is married to Nilam and they have two grown up children.
Mel was introduced to Freemasonry by his father-in-law who had been a mason for over 30 years. His wife's boss was a Grand Superintendent in the district of East Africa.
Mel was proposed into Marlow Lodge by his dental technician, Bill Courtney and was initiated into masonry in 1987. He became Master in 1995 and again in 2001 to 2003. He was appointed a Provincial Steward in 1996 and after various promotions was promoted to Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 2019. At the moment he is a Senior Visiting Officer for 11 Lodges.
In the Royal Arch, Mel was exalted into Marlow Chapter in 1991 and was MEZ in 2002 and again in 2009. He was appointed a Steward in the Royal Arch in 2004, Assistant Provincial Grand Scribe E in 2015 and promoted to Provincial Grand Scribe E in 2020. He was awarded Grand Rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer in 2019. Mel is also a member in Mark, RAM and Rose Croix.
Mel's Hobbies are Gardening. Travel, especially visiting historical sites around the world, Reading, Freemasonry and watching Cricket.
If you could invite three people from history to dinner, who would they be and why?
"I would invite Akbar, the Mogul ruler for his forward thinking ways and his tolerance and inclusiveness.
Mavlena Rumi, for his wit and incisive mind.
Aneurin Bevin, for setting up the welfare state. I would like to ask him what he would think of what his creation has blossomed into and if he thinks that it is what he envisaged it to be.
Mel the Intrepid Explorer