Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

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Dr Philip Moors AO

Dr Philip Moors AO Chairman

Dr Philip Moors was appointed a trustee of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2010 and Chairman in August 2014.

Philip grew up in Sydney, attended the Australian National University in Canberra and then the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he received his PhD in 1975. In 1989 he became the first full-time Director of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (now BirdLife Australia).

From 1992 to 2012 Philip was Director and CEO of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, where he led the creation of the multi-award-winning Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne.

Philip was a member of the executive board of the Committee for Melbourne, the inaugural President of Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand and was a member of the Victorian National Parks Advisory Council.

He received the Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to the community through conservation and the environment. He became a member of the Council of La Trobe University in 2013, and that year was appointed an Officer of The Order of Australia for distinguished service to conservation and the environment.

Claire Higgins

Claire Higgins

Claire Higgins was appointed a trustee of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2017.

Claire grew up in Victoria’s Wimmera region and lives in the Surf Coast Shire. She undertook a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne, is a Fellow CPA, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Claire has over 26 years’ experience with Australian listed companies OneSteel Limited and The Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited, and Belgian major corporate NV Bekaert SA, and her governance experience is extensive. She is the current chair of REI Superannuation, and Director of Vital Healthcare Management Limited, Ryman Healthcare Limited, RT Health Fund Ltd and Pancare Foundation.

Previously held directorships include Director and Immediate Past Chair – Victorian State Emergency Services, Chair – Victorian Country Fire Authority, Director – Portland District Health, Ambulance Victoria, Barwon Health, Barwon Water and Committee for Geelong.   Ms Higgins was a member of the Expert Panels for the Victorian Health Service Management Innovation Council and Victorian Health Service Board Development Program Reference Group.

The Hon. Rod Kemp

The Hon. Rod Kemp

The Hon Rod Kemp was appointed a trustee of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2010.

Rod graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He is Chairman of the Institute of Public Affairs, a board member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and of Melbourne Scots. He retired as a Senator for Victoria in 2008 after a long career in Federal Parliament.

Rod was a minister in all four Howard Governments. He was Minister for the Arts and Sport 2001-2007, Assistant Treasurer 1996-2001 and acting Minister for Finance in 2001. He also held various shadow ministerial portfolios between 1992 and 1996, including the environment and administrative services.

Prior to entering Parliament, he was Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs and held various positions in journalism, economic research and corporate relations.

Winsome McCaughey AO

Winsome McCaughey AO

Winsome McCaughey was appointed a trustee of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2010.

She has a Bachelor of Arts (Melbourne), is a Director of the Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation and a Director of her family company, Seven Sisters Vineyard Pty Ltd, which produces Baddaginnie Run wines.

Winsome has a part time role advising the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Melbourne, on strategic partnerships with industry. Among her many previous roles Winsome was the founding Executive Director of the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF), Chair and CEO of the Australia New Zealand Food Authority, CEO of Greening Australia Ltd and Executive Director of the Lance Reichstein Foundation

She was a Councillor of the City of Melbourne and served as Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1988 to 1989.

Winsome was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘for her distinguished service to the community, particularly to local government and early childhood development, and through a broad range of charitable organisations.’

Keith Smith

Keith Smith

Keith Smith was appointed a trustee of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2007.

He has a BA (Hons) from the University of London and an MSc from South Bank University. Keith started his working life as a teacher and mountain guide in Africa. After a period in educational publishing, he became CEO of the charity Broadcasting Support Services, which provides education and health publications and helplines for viewers and listeners of the British Broadcasting Corporation and other broadcasters.

Now a consultant working with non-profits and charities, Keith has assisted the boards, directors and senior managers of over 80 national and international charities, primarily with governance, strategy, development, benchmarking and communications.

He has served as a trustee of seven charities ranging from Oxfam to his village hall, has been a research associate with the Institute of Development Studies and an associate of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at the Cass Business School.

Keith has studied the not-for-profit sector in the USA and has spent time in Australia both as an observer of the sector and to visit HMSTrust, which was founded by his great aunt.

Catherine Walter AM

Catherine Walter AM

Catherine Walter was appointed a trustee of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2014.

Catherine has been a company director for more than 20 years. She is a director of the Reserve Bank’s Payment Systems Board, Australian Foundation Investment Company, Victorian Funds Management, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and VicForests. In November 2016 she was appointed first Board Chair of Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance and in April 2017 she was appointed Chair of Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority.

A former Managing Partner with Clayton Utz, Ms Walter has previously held directorships in a range of listed, government and not-for-profit enterprises including: ASX, National Australia Bank, Orica, Melbourne Business School, Victorian Opera and Australian Ballet School. As well, she is a past Chairman of Federation Square, Australian Synchrotron and Equipsuper, and a past Commissioner of the City of Melbourne.

Catherine has a first class honours bachelor degree in laws, a Master of Laws and an MBA all from the University of Melbourne. In 2003 Catherine Walter was honoured as a Member of The Order of Australia for service to business, particularly as a director of a range of public companies, to the arts, to the law, and to the community through the Melbourne City Council.