First Grand Principal and Grand Master of USGC
Most Excellent Companion John Burton Anderson CZ
John began his Masonic career in 1979 in lodge Fire Brigades and became a Master Mason in 1980. John was installed as Worshipful Master of Lodge Fire Brigades in 1987 and appointed District Grand Inspector of Workings in 2004. He holds the rank of Past Senior Grand Warden and served as a member of the Board of the College of Masonic Studies. John’s Royal Arch career commenced in 1983 when he was advanced as a Mark Master Mason in Maroubra Royal Arch Chapter. He was exalted as a Royal Arch Companion in 1983 and was installed as First Principal of Chapter Mascot in 1991. John was appointed to Supreme Committee in 2009 and served as Vice President and President before being appointed as Deputy First Grand Principal and Deputy Grand Master in 2014. He then went on to serve as Vice-President of Supreme Committee from 2015-17 before being re-installed as Deputy First Grand Principal and Deputy Grand Master in 2017. John was installed as First Grand Principal and Grand Master in September 2018.
John was a member of the NSW Fire Brigades for 40 years and retired as Deputy Commissioner in 2006. John was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in 2000 for his distinguished service. On retirement from the Fire Brigade John was appointed Chair of the State Emergency Management Committee and when he stepped down from that position in 2008 he worked as a consultant to the NSW Police Force in emergency management training,
John is married to Beverley (Bev), and they have one daughter, Tracey.
Deputy First Grand Principal & Deputy Grand Master
Right Excellent Companion Robert Mitchell Drake
Robert joined Manly Thistle Royal Arch Chapter No 65 in May 2005. This Chapter amalgamated with Peninsula Royal Arch Chapter No 9 later in the same year. He was installed as First Principal in 2012 after serving the Offices of Third and Second Principal.
He served as District Grand Director of Ceremonies from 2014-2016. Then as Deputy First Grand Principal & Deputy Grand Master from September 2016-2017.
He then served as Vice President of Supreme Committee 2017-2018 and President of Supreme Committee 2018-2019
He was Re-installed as Deputy Grand Principal and Deputy Grand Master in September 2019.
Robert is married to Penny.