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.
District Grand Master
Right Worshipful Brother Brian James Westhead
Born in 1948 in Birmingham, England, educated at Barnsbury Boys School, University of Surrey –BSc (Hons), Loughborough University – MSc, Bath University - PGCE and The Royal Air Force College, Cranwell. Joined Yager Company of the Honourable Artillery Company in 1971 and later transferred to the Veteran Company. Commissioned into the Engineering Branch of the RAF in 1971. Appointments included maintenance of Vulcan, Hunter, Hawk, Hercules and Meteor aircraft and various weapon systems. Senior Officer appointments included command of a Weapon Engineering Squadron, Guided Missile Integration at the Aircraft and Armaments Experimental Establishment, Boscombe Down, Operational Requirements and safety aspects of Special Weapons in the Ministry of Defence and Procurement Executive. Elected a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1992 and became a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Member of the Institute of Explosives Engineers in the same year. Retired from the RAF as a Squadron Leader in 1997. Taught mathematics and Computer Science in Marlborough (UK) until moving to New Zealand in 2004. Hobbies include music, cabinet making and woodturning.
Initiated in the George Duke of Kent Lodge No 8788 (Wiltshire) in 1996 and became Master in 2003. Joined Remuera Lodge No 1710 in 2005, served as Master in 2007. First District rank was DGTyler and V/Pres DBofGP in 2009 and 2010. PDG SwdB in 2011, Pres DBofGP in 2012 DDGM in 2015 and PGSwdB in 2016.
Deputy District Grand Master
Very Worshipful Brother Farouk A Khan
Educated at Victoria University, The Harvard Business School and The Said Business School (Oxford University)
Bryce is a Chartered Accountant with a specialist expertise in Trusts.
Bryce acts as Trustee for local and international Trusts and is a partner in his own accounting practise. He also acts as director for a number of private companies. Bryce has a keen interest in the visual arts and travel. He has been involved as Chairman or Board member in a number of Arts Organisations.
He is a member of a number of Professional Bodies including CAANZ, CPA Australia and the Society of Trustee and Estate Practitioners. He has given many presentations on trusts to international audiences.
Masonically, Bryce was initiated into Tongariro Lodge No. 705 in October 1994 and was Master of that Lodge in 2002 and is a Past First Principal of the United Manawatu Chapter No. 1721
Assistant District Grand Master
Worshipful Brother Bryce M R Smith
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
Assistant District Grand Master
Worshipful Brother Euan Alexander Allan
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.