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Debra Morgan

Debra Morgan - Chief Executive

Debra Morgan joined the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in October 2021. Debra is an accomplished leader and brings 20 years’ executive experience in the philanthropic and for-purpose sectors leading, developing and managing philanthropic programs.

Debra was the inaugural Head of The Aesop Foundation with responsibility for shaping and delivering Aesop’s engagement strategy with its communities across more than 25 geographies and in particular supporting education and cultural initiatives aimed at growing literacy and inclusion.

Prior to that Debra spent eight years with The Myer Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund and Myer Family Company designing, delivering, evaluating and overseeing major grant programs of significant reach and value.

Debra is a Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, a leading Australian arts organisation, and one of only a few workshops in the world dedicated to hand-weaving contemporary tapestries.

Glen Thomson

Glen Thomson - Finance Executive

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.

Email: gthomson@hmstrust.org.au

Sarah Bartak

Sarah Bartak - Grants Advisor

Sarah first joined the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2006. 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 rejoining the Grants Team on a permanent basis in 2015. She is also the Grants Officer for the L.E.W. Carty Charitable Fund.

With a background in arts management, Sarah worked in a number of visual arts and arts event organisations before moving into philanthropy. She has strong skills in all aspects of grantmaking and administration, strategic development and implementation, and communications. Sarah enjoys working in community environments and helping people, teams and organisations meet their goals.

Sarah is a current board member of Melbourne Youth Orchestras (MYO).

Email: sbartak@hmstrust.org.au

Amber Moore

Amber Moore - Grants Advisor

Amber Moore joined the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in March 2020. She is a relationships, fundraising and communications professional with over 20 years’ experience across the public, community and not-for-profit sectors.

Prior to joining HMSTrust, Amber was the Development Program Manager at Ross House Association for eight years. Ross House Association manages the Ross House building; the only self-managed and community owned not-for-profit building in Australia.

Amber has history of working with organisations that are constructive in the enrichment and protection of our people and environment and constantly works towards achieving greater social justice and equity by motivating and supporting people to make a difference to their lives, by creating positive, meaningful, collaborative and sustainable relationships.

Amber brings a wealth of experience in grants management, fundraising, strategic development, communications and community development.

Email: amoore@hmstrust.org.au