Meet the Team


Left to right: Grant Macleod SE, Graham Manson 2nd P, Gordon Renfrew IPGS, Kevin Pollock GS, Billy McLarty Depute GS, Danny Thompson 3rd P and John Malcolm SN


Grand Superintendent Kevin Pollock

Kevin is a retired police officer, with a PhD in Crisis Management. He now has his own consultancy with clients including the UK and Scottish Governments. Kevin is also an Academic Fellow of the UK Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College and has published a number of peer- reviewed academic papers in UK and international journals.


Kevin is a Past Master of both Lodge Craigends No. 1042 and Lodge Randolph No. 1434. He is also a founder member and current WJW of Anchor Lodge of Research No. 1814. Kevin served 8 years as a Substitute PGM of Renfrewshire East. Currently, he is the IPZ ofBaron of Renfrew RAC No. 114, Thrice Illustrious Master of the Cryptic Council and Japhetin the RAM. In the Provincial Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Renfrewshire, he was Commissioned as PGSE. Kevin is a Past Preceptor of Ardgowan and currently the District Grand Secretary of the District Grand Priory of Strathclyde. He is also a Past Sovereign of Paisley Abbey Conclave. In the A&SR, Kevin is a Past MWS of Stewart Lochrie Sovereign Chapter and holds office in the 30th and 31st Degrees. He is also an office-bearer in the Royal Order of Scotland, and in several other Orders.


Depute Grand Superintendent Billy McLarty 

Billy is a mechanical engineer and worked in the material handling industry for over 30 years and is now working in Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow.   He is a PM in his mother lodge Montgomerie Kilwinning Skelmorlie No. 624(Ayrshire) also Inverkip Ardgowan No. 1425(Renfrewshire West) and is currently PGSWRW.

Billy is a PZ in Greenock RA Chapter 17, current TIM in Greenock Cryptic Council and current WCN-MEC in Greenock RAM Lodge and Council he is also a PP in the Preceptory of Ardgowan. 

 

2nd Principal Graham Manson

Graham is a Past Master of Lodge Union and Crown No. 307 in his hometown of Barrhead. He currently serves as Lodge Instruction Master. Graham is a past MEZ of Rockmount RA Chapter No. 367 and is currently T.I.M. of Rockmount Cryptic Council. He is a member of both Paisley Abbey Royal Ark Mariners and Paisley Abbey Conclave.

Graham was Captain of 2nd Barrhead Boys' Brigade Company for many years, having been through the ranks as a boy. He enjoys playing guitar and is a member of band Paperhouse who play in the West of Scotland on occasion although like many other activities has been interrupted by Covid.  Graham is engaged to Sandra and hopes to be married in the near future. He has a son of 34 and a grandson of 1 year with another grandchild on the way. Graham is a keen supporter of St. Mirren F.C. which may go a long way to explaining his sense of humour.

 

3rd Principal Danny Thompson

Danny is a Plater Shipwright who attended James Watt College achieved City & Guilds in Shipbuilding Part 1 & 2 Years 1974 until 1978. He also trained as a Bar Manager and worked as Manager in a local Night Club before moving on to do shift work in National Semiconductors as a Preventive Maintenance Technician. He has a great passion for music, played all his life since the age of 14years, plays Bass Guitar and 6 String Guitar in pubs and clubs.  He also reads and plays Alto Sax Music.

Danny became a member of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No.68 in 1996 where has been Director of Music for many years. He became a member of Port Glasgow R.A.C No. 407 and served 2 years as M.E.Z He is also an affiliated member of Greenock R.A.C. No17 and is a founder member of Port Glasgow R.A.C. No. 900 which he was elected to serve as M.E.Z. for its first 2 years.  Has also served as Scribe-N of P.G.R.A.C. of Renfrewshire under the Commission of Malcolm Turner. 

And a member off other Masonic Orders.

Scribe E Grant Macleod

Grant is a graduate of Glasgow & Oxford Universities, a Retired Officer in the British Army and about to retire from teaching after 24 years as Head of Mathematics in Lomond School.  He is a Chartered Mathematician, Reviews' Editor for the journal of The Mathematical Association and Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics.

Grant is a PM and Past Secretary of Houstoun St. Johnstone No.242 (Renfrewshire East) and a PM of The Anchor Lodge of Research No.1814 (Renfrewshire West).  He is a Past PG Secretary of Renfrewshire East.  His mother Chapter is Greenock No.17 and affiliated to Thomas Smith Webb RAC No. 1798 in New York (written articles for their annual transactions) and to Sir William Wallace No.109.  Currently he is Celebrant of Muse Coila Rosicrucian College & Recorder General of the SRIS and a Past MWS of Stewart Lochrie Sovereign Chapter (A&AR).  He is serving as MPS of St. George Conclave (Port Glasgow) and has been since 2014 and Grand Sword Bearer of Grand Imperial Council.  He is also a member of various other masonic orders.

Grant is also the Editor of the Cross Keys Magazine and Augustus (Conclave Masonry) and is the Late Collector of The Incorporation of Masons in Trades House. He is married with two children and lives in Howwood.

 

Scribe N John Malcolm

John is a retired Police Inspector having served for 30 years with Strathclyde Police before retiring in 2005. He served in Oban, Campbeltown, Greenock and Glasgow. Whilst serving he also attended University graduating in 1996 with a BSc. (Hons). Since retiring from the Police John has worked with Transport Scotland and operated in the field of Spectator Safety Management at various football clubs including Rangers, Morton, and St Mirren. More recently he has been lecturing on the subject. This lecturing included a time in the United Arab Emirates.

John joined the Craft as a Lewis at Lodge Rothesay St John 292 on his native Bute and joined St Blanes RAC 163 on Bute. He affiliated to The Lodge of Erskine in 1995 and became RWM in 2001.

An affiliate to Baron of Renfrew RAC No. 114, he is also a member of Baron of Renfrew, Cryptic and Mariners. John is a Past Preceptor of the Preceptory and Priory of Bute and holds an elected office in the District Grand Priory of Strathclyde. An active member in Stewart Lochrie Sovereign Chapter, Glasgow Sovereign Council and Paisley Abbey Conclave.

Apart from his interest in The Craft John is also active of the Burns circuit and has spoken at countless Burns Suppers locally and internationally.  John is married and lives in Erskine. He has 2 adult children and a 4 year old Granddaughter.