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 Cam Denyer
Assistant Grand Master

Cam was born in Toowoomba and initially trained with the PMG’s Department as a technician.

On completing qualification as Technician in Telecommunications he was conscripted into the army and served as a Cypher Technician in Sydney. Cam then qualified as Technical Officer Telecommunications and served as Technical Officer in Toowoomba and Senior Technical Officer in Brisbane.

He was first initiated into Civic Lodge No 491 in 1977 and then affiliated with Garden City Daylight No 531 when Civic Lodge surrendered its warrant. He is also a member of other Queensland Lodges.

Cam’s hobbies include woodworking and Scouting, and sings tenor with a Barbershop Harmony group High Altitude Harmony in Toowoomba.

He has been married to his wife Margaret since 1971 and they have two children and two grandchildren.