Our Board

The Board of Benevolence and of Aged Masons Widows and Orphans' Fund is the administrative body of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.  The current Board members are:

Mr Thomas Wiltshire

Assoc. Dip. Bus., MAICD


Tom brings a strong background in human resources, executive management and occupational health & safety, having held executive general management roles in large Queensland-based companies including CS Energy and Aurizon. He has also previously served as the chairman of the board of a not-for-profit independent, industry authority and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

At a board level Tom has a demonstrated ability to develop strategies for governance and risk management. He also has a proven track record in engaging senior executives to improve culture and leadership skills through relevant human resources processes and sustainable management practices.


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Mr Alasdair Begley

BSurv, Reg Surv (Cad), EMBA, GAICD

Deputy Chairman

Alasdair has a technical background in Surveying and Planning and is Managing Director of a large Surveying, Planning, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Management consulting group.  

He has formal qualifications in Surveying, Business and Corporate Governance and over 15 years experience working on and managing large infrastructure and development projects across Queensland.  

Alasdair business interests are change management and strategy, and he has held governance roles in both community and industry organisations.

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Mr Alan Townson

BE (Hons1), Grad Dip Mgt, Grad Dip Mil Tech Mgt


Alan served on the Board for 12 years from 1995 until 2007 and re-joined the Board in 2016 after being installed as the Grand Master, United Grand Lodge of Queensland. He brings strong leadership and strategic planning skills after an executive career in the Australian Army and engineering resource projects.  Alan has a strong interest in the philanthropic mission of Freemasons’ Queensland.

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Mr John Aronis

BBus (Acc), Grad. Dip. CA, MCom, MA


John is a principal chartered accountant in private practice and is a Member of the Australian institute of Company Directors.

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Dr Jason Bingham



Jason is a commercial executive with over 20 years’ experience spanning the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.  He is an experienced company director who is active in supporting community-based organisations.  Jason brings a wealth of skills to the Board including commerce, sustainability, community engagement, corporate performance and governance.    

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Ms Sandy Blackburn-Wright

BSc, Grad Dip AdEd, MA AdEd


Sandy brings more than 35 years’ local and international experience in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors, and a passion for building bridges between the social and financial. She is the founder and Managing Director of Social Outcomes, a business that uses social and financial innovation to create and fund quality outcomes for its partners. Sandy also sits on the Australian Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Global Steering Group and the advisory board of QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.

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Mr Spencer Christensen

ADFS (FP), JP (Qual)


Spencer has been in the financial services industry since 1972 and operates his own financial planning business as a Senior Financial Adviser. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association and brings more than 40 years of financial planning experience to the board. Spencer has given many years of service to community organisations in his local area.

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Mr Greg Short



Greg brings a wealth of experience in public service, corporate governance, commercial operations and has strong roots in our rural and farming communities.

His previous roles have included police officer, detective and public prosecutor and he has been a company owner and director in the private sector for over 20 years.

Greg also understands the value of working your way to the top, making him an astute business leader. Greg has been a Freemason for 36 years.

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Executive Officers

Mr Gary Mark

Chief Executive Officer

Gary has a strong record of achievement in senior positions within a range of industry sectors including not-for-profit, retirement living, aged care, facility management, health and hospitality. He has served on several not-for-profit boards. Gary’s business qualifications and extensive experience have allowed him to develop strong leadership capability, strategic and business planning, change management and communication skills. He has a strong customer service focus and extensive experience in key account and customer relationship management.

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Mr Robert Qualtrough

Executive Officer Commercial and Company Secretary

Robert is a Certified Practicing Accountant with more than 20 years experience in senior finance and management advisor positions across a number of industries where he has gained extensive business management, governance and company secretarial experience.

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