Grand Master and Grand Officers

The Grand Master presides over a Grand Lodge. The Grand Master for the United Grand Lodge of Queensland is Jeffrey Harper.

MW Bro Jeffrey Harper AFSM
Grand Master

Jeff was born in Brisbane. He began his career as an apprentice electrician and after completing his apprenticeship worked as an electrician in Queensland. 

Jeff joined the Fire Service in Brisbane progressing through various operational and management positions within the Queensland Fire Service. Jeff retired as a Superintendent with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services as the executive manager Specialist Response Section. 

Jeff was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours List 2002. 

Jeff is married to Dorothy and has three adult children and two grandchildren. His daughter and son live in Brisbane and his other daughter lives in Sydney. 

Jeff joined Freemasonry in Mayne Lodge 470 in 1989 and progressed to be master of that lodge in 1995. Unfortunately, Mayne Lodge surrendered its warrant in 2001. Jeff joined Mayne's Mother Lodge Kaye 234 and is currently Director of Ceremonies at Kaye Lodge. Jeff is an active adult leader in Job's Daughters, and a past Associate jurisdictional Guardian of Queensland.  

Jeff Joined the Grand Lodge team in 2002 as a Grand Sword Bearer, and has served as Senior Grand Deacon, Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, Junior Grand Warden, Assistant Grand Superintendent of Works, Assistant Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master. 

Jeff has served as the Chair of the Ceremonial Board, Chair of Centennial Celebrations Committee, Chair of the Centennial Publication Sub Committee . Currently, Jeff also serves as a member of the General Board of Directors.    

RW Bro David Gray
Deputy Grand Master

RW Bro David Gray was initiated in 1990 in Pine Rivers Lodge 511, served as WM in 1996, and is currently treasurer.

He is a foundation member of the City of Logan Lodge 529, serving two terms as WM from 1998 – 2000 and is currently secretary.

David was born in the UK, and arrived in South Australia with his family at age 10 years. Following High School he completed an Electrical Engineering traineeship with the BHP at Whyalla, SA and since that time has worked in the steel industry, local government, manufacturing and healthcare. Has completed tertiary studies in Engineering Maintenance Management and a Masters Degree in Technology Management.

David has over 50 years involvement in the Pipe Band fraternity and has travelled overseas and throughout Australia as a competitive band member and is an accredited tutor and adjudicator.

David has served as a Grand Officer for 12 years from Grand Standard Bearer to Assistant GM including four years as Grand Director of Ceremonies.

David is in other masonic orders including Royal Arch, the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for Australia, District Grand Priory of Qld and the Red Cross of Constantine.

David and his wife Elaine have supported both their children in active participation in youth orders - daughter Sonya through Jobs Daughters International and son Andrew through the Order of De Molay. David's wife Elaine is currently Grand Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star (QLD).  

RW Bro David Melville APM ASM
Assistant Grand Master

David was born in Sydney, NSW in 1951 and attended Mosman High School.  His career commenced, in 1968 as a Lighting Technician with ATN 7 at their Epping Studios.  During 1971 – 1974 he travelled and worked throughout Australia and overseas.  It was during this time he met and married his wife Christina in London in 1972.  

 He became a career police officer after having joined the Commonwealth Police Force (now AFP) in 1976 before moving to the Queensland Police Service in 1978.  He rose to the rank of Assistant Commissioner, South Eastern Police Region in 2003 and held that position until February 2008 when he commenced a secondment to the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) as its Commissioner.  In April 2008 he was appointed Commissioner of the QAS, being a position he held until his retirement in June 2011.   

 He was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists in 1998 and 2011 with an Australian Police Medal (APM) and Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) respectively.   

 David joined Freemasonry in Sir Wylie Norman Lodge No 79 in 1979 and, after returning from a lengthy period working in country Queensland, progressed to Master in 1996.   

In 1983 he joined what is now known as the Antient & Accepted Scottish Rite for Australia and has served in the Chair of both South Brisbane Sovereign Chapter No.118 and Sherwood Sovereign Council No. 25, each on two occasions.  He is a member of City of Brisbane Sovereign Consistory No. 1 and holds the 32nd degree.  Currently he is serving in the Chair of Eustace Jones Sovereign Chapter No 157.  He joined Royal Arch Freemasonry in 1984 and has been installed PZ on three occasions.  He holds the Grand Rank of PGStd Br and is currently a member of Indooroopilly RAC No109.   

 His interests include hiking, running, kayaking, photography and golf.