Some people join Freemasonry for the companionship, some for the opportunity to improve themselves, some out of mere curiosity. For others, their Masonic journey can begin with something as simple as sibling rivalry. “My younger brother was a Mason,” 36 year old Craig Head explains, “and when I asked him what it was all about he said with a laugh ‘I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you’. Well, I wasn’t about to let him have something like that over me, so I had to join!” He describes it as one of the best decisions he’s ever made in his life, and since his enrolment in the organisation in 2003, he has served on the Board of General Purposes and the Board of Royal Freemasons Homes.
Craig comes from a finance and accounting background, specialising in construction. He is currently the CFO of a large Victorian-based construction company that employs over 1200 people, and has an annual turnover of between $350-400 million, partaking in large-scale projects such as hospitals and office towers. Whilst discussing the effect Freemasonry has had on his professional life, Craig is quick to extol the virtues of joining the Craft: “It’s been a fantastic avenue for my development as a human being,” he says, “opportunities arise from being a member that you wouldn’t even contemplate before”. However, he does stress that one shouldn’t join just for the hope of lucrative outcomes: “First and foremost you should join for personal development, but if you are in the right place at the right time, and behave in the noble manner expected of an upstanding Mason, things will come to you.”