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 Chris Pyke RFD
Assistant Grand Master

Chris Pyke was born in England and moved to Australia with his family in 1951. A long-time resident of Queensland, Chris was an electrician by trade and has worked in the electricity supply industry for many years, retiring in 2014 as a Work Health and Safety Advisor for Energex.

Chris served in the Australian Army Reserve for 48 years, retiring in 2014 as a Major.

Chris has been a Freemason since 1980, initiated into Earl Kitchener Lodge No. 256, Richmond, which has since closed. He is now a member of a number of lodges, including Kenilworth Lodge, Burleigh Lodge, Meridian Lodge and Millennium Lodge. He served eight years as Assistant Grand Superintendent of Workings between 2001 and 2013. He was conferred Past Junior Grand Warden in 2010. Prior to becoming Assistant Grand Master, he served in the office of Senior Grand Warden.

He and his wife Margaret live in Little Mountain on the Sunshine Coast. They have four adult children and three grandchildren.