Motivating students to work harder and aim higher
Lin Bender was appointed Chief Executive of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in October 2013.
She has had an extensive career in the not-for-profit sector including strategic development for the Victorian Government on the Melbourne Recital Centre Project, general manager of Radio 3MBS, national marketing manager for the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and general manager of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (Chamber Music Australia).
Lin’s consultancy work has delivered a range of major projects. She has also established and implemented successful marketing strategies, business development plans and private giving programs for national and state organisations.
Lin was awarded a Member in The Order of Australia in 2010, for services to arts administration through executive roles and to the music community of Melbourne.
Glen Thomson joined the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in November 2013. He is a senior finance and operations professional with extensive experience in financial services with 12 years specifically in the funds management industry.
Glen qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working in the Cape Town office of Ernst & Young before transferring to their London office. This was followed by 3 years at UBS in London as a Global Risk Analyst. On returning to Cape Town, Glen was Chief Operating Officer for 4 years at PeregrineQuant, a quantitative fund manager.
Prior to joining Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, Glen was the Chief Financial Officer for 8 years at Wallara Asset Management, a boutique funds management firm based in Melbourne.
Peter Wetherall joined the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2013 after a 32-year career in stockbroking and funds management.
Starting with Hoare Govett in London in 1980, Peter spent the bulk of his stockbroking career with Australian firm McIntosh Securities in both London and Melbourne. For eight years he was head of research, leading a team of more than 20 investment analysts.
Prior to joining HMSTrust, Peter was managing director of Wallara Asset Management, the boutique funds management firm he founded in 1995. Peter is a director of the listed investment company, Australian United Investment Co., and the not-for-profit Royal District Nursing Service. He is also a councillor of Graduate House at the University of Melbourne and a member of the investment committees of the Geelong Grammar Foundation and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Lea-Anne brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to her role as Grants Manager. She has experience in grantmaking for trusts focused on a diverse range of issues and is passionate about contributing to the philanthropic sector within Australia.
Prior to joining HMSTrust, Lea-Anne was a Senior Charitable Trust Consultant with State Trustees. She also worked for over a decade in fundraising for the charitable sector, and has served as a committee and board member for charities within the cultural, education, and disabilities sectors.
She holds a Masters studies in Social Investment and Philanthropy.
Sarah first joined the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2006 as Grants Program Officer, managing the Culture and Heritage grants program as well the Trust’s communications. After six years with the Trust, Sarah moved to Mercy Health Foundation as Trusts and Foundations Coordinator, returning to HMSTrust in 2014 to work on special projects, before taking on the permanent role of Grants and Communications Officer in 2015. She is also the Grants Officer for the L.E.W. Carty Charitable Fund.
Sarah is a versatile manager with skills in philanthropy, grant administration, grant writing, program management and communications. She is strongly committed to working in community environments and helping people, teams and organisations meet their goals.
Sarah is a current board member and Company Secretary of Melbourne Youth Orchestras.
Michelle Springall joined the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2012. Michelle spent eight years establishing and managing a five-star dive operation and dive school in the Caribbean before returning to Melbourne.
Prior to joining HMSTrust, Michelle provided six years of executive support to the CEO and board of the former Victorian Freight and Logistics Council, an independent advisory body to government. As well as managing the daily office operations of the secretariat, Michelle provided services to the council’s working and project groups which covered all aspects of land, sea and air freight and logistics.
Motivating students to work harder and aim higher
Enabling web-based employment support for young people with mental illness.
Empowering people to develop financial literacy and independence
Encouraging community participation is pivotal to the success of biodiversity conservation strategies
Program: Arts and Culture
New Aboriginal filmmakers trained for production of short films for SBS NITV