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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 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 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 grants management and administration, program and project management, 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

Michelle Springall

Michelle Springall - Grants Support and Executive Assistant

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.

Email: mspringall@hmstrust.org.au