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Claire Higgins joins the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust’s Board of Trustees. 

Claire Higgins has been appointed as a Trustee to the Board of HMSTrust, commencing 16 February 2017.

“It is my great pleasure to welcome Claire Higgins to our Board of Trustees, which oversees and guides the Trust’s grantmaking, investment and management,” said Dr Philip Moors AO, Chairman of Trustees.

Ms Higgins brings extensive governance and practical experience across a broad range of corporate and social service sectors with over 26 years’ experience with Australian Listed Companies, along with life-long connections to rural and regional Victoria.

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.

“I am delighted to be appointed a Trustee of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. I share the Trust’s vision for a strong, just and sustainable Victoria, and very much relate to the Trust’s insightful grantmaking objectives,” says Ms Higgins. “I’m a great believer in fairness, passionate about building organisational capacity, and have seen programs become more effective and have greater reach and longevity when delivered through committed collaboration and partnership. I’m particularly drawn to the Trust’s special interest in rural and regional Victoria, which honours the primary source of Helen’s legacy.  I am a ‘country girl’ having grown up in the Wimmera, live in rural Victoria in the Surf Coast Shire, and my Director roles since 2000 have kept me connected with communities across regional Victoria.”