Grand Master and Grand Officers

The Grand Master presides over a Grand Lodge. The Grand Master for the United Grand Lodge of Queensland is Alan Townson.

MW Bro Alan Townson
Grand Master

Alan Townson was born in Surrey, England and his family moved to Australia in 1951.

He served in the army for 24 years, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He saw active service in Vietnam where he was involved in mine clearance operations and engineering construction work. After leaving the army, Alan worked for Industry Capability Network Queensland for 16 years as a Senior Engineer.

Alan became a Freemason in 1987 when he was initiated into Celtic of Ithaca Lodge, No 84. He is also a member of other Queensland Lodges.

In 1995, Alan was appointed to the Board that oversees Freemasons Queensland’s charity activities, aged care and retirement living arm. He maintains a strong interest in that Board’s activities and the Freemasons’ philanthropic mission retiring  from the Board of Benevolence in 2007.

Alan is married to Robyn, a retired high school teacher. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.

RW Bro Paul Holland
Deputy Grand Master

Paul was born in Brisbane and originally trained as a teacher. Since then he has built significant careers in both the interactive media industry and the education and training sectors. He has been a company director and c-level executive, business coach, consultant and lecturer.

His company currently provides consultancy services to a range of organisations including the Australian Institute of Management where he lectures in the AIM Business School. He is a Fellow of the Institute.

Paul is married to Waveny and they have three children, two sons who live in Brisbane and a daughter who lives in London.

Paul is a member of Lodge St George No 246 (formerly Yeronga Lodge) where he is the current secretary.



RW Bro Jeffrey Harper AFSM
Assistant Grand Master

Jeff was born in Brisbane and attended the Gap State High School. He began his career as an apprentice electrician and after completing his apprenticeship worked as an electrician. He joined the Fire Service in Brisbane progressing through various rank levels and management positions including firefighter, Station Officer and Inspector.

Currently, Jeff serves the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services as Executive Manager of the Specialist Response section. This role is responsible for managing several units. In 2002 he was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) on the Queens Birthday Honours List.

Jeff joined Freemasonry in Mayne Lodge No 470 in 1989 and progressed to Master in 1995. He joined Kaye Lodge No 234 and is currently the Director of Ceremonies. Jeff is an active adult leader in Job's Daughters as the Associate Jurisdictional Guardian of Queensland.

Jeff is married to Dorothy and has three adult children; a daughter and son living in Brisbane and a daughter in Sydney.