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New CEO for HMSTrust

The Board of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Debra Morgan as CEO effective 4 October 2021.

Debra is an accomplished leader and brings to the role 20 years’ executive experience in the philanthropic and for-purpose sectors leading, developing and managing philanthropic programs. Through Debra’s many career accomplishments, she has demonstrated a deep engagement in philanthropy and a passion and commitment in responding to community needs and balancing stakeholder relationships.

Catherine Walter AM, HMST Chair, said “Debra has a distinguished career in the philanthropic, for-purpose and commercial sectors serving communities around Australia and internationally. We welcome her leading the HMSTrust team, recognizing the passion, commitment and expertise she brings to the role”.

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 8 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.

“I am delighted to accept the position of HMSTrust CEO as the role presents an exciting opportunity to fulfil my deep passion for philanthropy and my real love of Victoria. It is wonderful to be able to build on the legacy of Lin Bender and a privilege to work with an esteemed Board of Trustees and highly qualified staff. I look forward to continuing the remarkable work of the Trust, striving for a strong, just and sustainable Victoria.” Debra said.

HMSTrust is one of Victoria’s major philanthropic trusts having distributed over 5,000 grants to Victorian charitable institutions since 1955 totalling more than $130 million: an extraordinary legacy grown from an initial bequest of £275,000 in 1951 made by Helen Macpherson Smith.

27 September 2021

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Catherine Walter AM, HMSTrust Chair
Email: cwalter@afi.com.au