Who's Who?

Right Worshipful Brother Brian James Westhead

District Grand Master

Right Worshipful Brother Brian James Westhead District Grand Master Grand Superintendent Born in Auckland in 1948, married to Desré for 40 years with one son. Trained as a Fitter and Turner, and now owns his own engineering equipment manufacturing business exporting worldwide as well as for the local market. Has had a love of cars from a very early age, especially Classic English Sports Cars. Is a member of the Austin Healy Sports Car Club (and has been for the past 28 years) and enjoys many Club runs. Fully restored a MK1 Austin Healy 3000 Sports car, which was a labour of love taking 1400 hours. Hobbies are Classic Sports Cars and Freemasonry. Masonic History: Craft: Initiated into the Lodge of Harmony No. 2180 in 1984, and became Master in 1993, then again in 2004 and 2005. Joined the Remuera Lodge No. 1710 in 2005, and the Northern Light Lodge No. 1878 when it moved to Auckland as a daylight Lodge in 2006. Served as Master of Northern Light Lodge in 2009. The first District rank was DGSwdB in 1997; DDepGDC in 2000; DGDC 2001 and DGJW in 2003. Was made an Assistant District Grand Master in 2007. Was appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2008. Installed as District Grand Master by the Pro Grand Master, M.W.Bro. P.G. Lowndes in Auckland on Saturday 8 October 2011.

Worshipful Brother Graeme J McKandry

Deputy District Grand Master

Details to follow

Worshipful Brother Euan Alexander Allan

Assistant District Grand Master

Euan was born and raised in Inverness, in the Highlands of Scotland. He describes his childhood as being akin to an Enid Blyton novel – the sun always shone, time was spent outdoors, fishing, on bike rides or playing games and nothing bad ever happened to anyone. Through membership of The Boys Brigade he developed a sense of service, spirituality and a passion for sport.

Freemasonry was something that he was aware off without understanding what it was. In retrospect it seems that most males in his dad’s circle of friends were Freemasons.

At 18 years old he was accepted as a cadet in The Metropolitan Police and on a snowy day in March 1987 boarded a plane and swapped the hills and glens of the Highlands for the streets and tower blocks of London. He served predominantly in South London within the Criminal Investigation Department and on associated Crime Squads.

On 16 November 1992 Euan was Initiated into The Wandle Lodge 2699 at Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London and took the first steps on his Masonic journey.

He met his wife, Angela through mutual friends in 1999 and they married in 2003. They decided to emigrate to New Zealand and did so in January 1997. They have two sons, James and David who are both Kiwi’s. After trying his hand at various jobs Euan returned to Investigative roles and currently works for IAG Insurance.

Arriving in New Zealand and wishing to continue in English Freemasonry, he attended a meeting of The Eden Lodge 1530. There he met W. Bro’s Graeme McKandry and Henry Grocock, visiting from The Prince of Wales’ Lodge 1338. Over an asparagus roll and can or two of Lion Red in refectory he was persuaded to join them on a tour of English Lodges in the Auckland area. This resulted in him joining The Prince of Wales’s Lodge on 8 May 1997.

He has served two terms as Master of The Prince of Wales’ Lodge 1338, in 2005 and again in 2009. He is also a member of Auckland Chapter 1338 where he has served three terms as First Principal.

Euan received his first District appointment in 2007 as District Junior Grand Deacon. Since then he has served as District Grand Sword Bearer, District Grand Charity Steward and District Grand Director of Ceremonies. In November 2018 he was appointed Assistant District Grand Master.

In his spare time Euan enjoys cooking for family and friends, golf, fishing and to Angela’s annoyance, watching any form of sport on television

Worshipful Brother David Dyet Leach

Assistant District Grand Master

David was raised in Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland. Things weren’t always easy but he had a childhood he wouldn’t have swapped for the world.

 

The boys Brigade had a big influence, teaching morality and respect, and there was always a game of soccer on a Saturday morning. David attended Irvine Royal Academy – as did Edgar Alan Poe for a short period – but he has a distinct feeling Edgar is better known.

 

Through a friend who belonged to the Craft he joined the Scottish Constitution in 1972, being initiated into St Matthew Kilwinning Dreghorn No 549. Emigrating to New Zealand in 1973 with his wife Joyce and sons Mark and Tony, David continued in the motor trade for seven years before purchasing and operating his own mechanical workshop until 2016, when he retired.

 

He joined the Duke of Albany Lodge in Helensville in 1982, becoming their Master in 1988 and Master of the Mark Lodge in 1989. David is also a Royal Arch Mason. His other Masonic passion is visiting other Lodges.

 

Before becoming ADGM David held District ranks of DSGD, PDGDC, PDJGW and  DSGW.

 

Hobbies include motor caravanning, cooking, and of course hitting that small white ball round the golf course.

Worshipful Brother Ron Pemberton

District Grand Secretary

Worshipful Brother Ron Pemberton was appointed District Grand Secretary in November 2017. He was initiated into Freemasonry on the 8th of April 1999, he became the master of his lodge on the 13th of September 2007. He is a Sheetmetal worker by trade, although he didn't stay too long at the tools. He started his own engineering business in 2002 where he designed and built special purpose machinery for a variety of industries. He is a pilot of light aircraft, at one time owning shares in an (AT6) Harvard. Later in life he went to University and achieved a BA, majoring in history and English. He is also the author of three biographical books. 

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