Who we are

The Hamer Sprout Fund is an offshoot of the Hamer Family Fund and represents the next generation of the Hamer family. We are part of the fifth and sixth generations of the family encompassing almost 100 cousins spread across the globe. We share the goals of the Hamer Family Fund with an emphasis on the environmental aspects of the Hamer family’s legacy. The Sprout Fund, like the Hamer Family Fund, is a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation.

There are seven members on the core Sprout Fund Committee who have sown and nurtured the Sprout Fund into existence.

These are:

Ben Patrick (Chair):
Ben is a Senior Associate at Holding Redlich, working in their commercial litigation team.  He is determined to improve Australia’s willingness to prioritise the environment, particularly in relation to climate change.  The Hamer Sprout Fund provides a great vehicle for this by combining family, great environmental organisations and a very good cause.

Dave Browning:
Dave is passionate secondary school humanities teacher who is excited about continuing his family’s environmental and philanthropic legacy. He believes there is an exciting opportunity to invest in leadership, curriculum and communities that work towards promoting environmentalism and sustainability. Also, he is excited about promoting philanthropy amongst his generation, particularly through social media.

Elizabeth Hamer:
Lizzie is a graduate architect passionate about intelligent, environmentally sustainable design. She is working towards creating opportunities for communities to engage in shaping the future of their built environment through participatory design. A fresh graduate, she is excited to by the potential of the Hamer Sprout Fund to encourage young people to get actively involved in creating a better, more sustainable future.

Clare Hamer:
Clare is a shiatsu practitioner with a passion for organic and biodynamic farming and holistic health. She is currently trekking through Norway working on organic farms, and we look forward to welcoming her home soon.

Inger Boerema:
Inger works for local government as an environmental educator, focusing on issues of waste and litter. She is inspired by the natural environment and this motivates her to help protect it for future generations. She is passionate about education and inspiring positive change in the community, and feels that the Sprout Fund is an excellent way to help progressive initiatives grow. Inger joined the Hamer clan only recently, after marrying Ben in April 2013.

Julia Muniandy:
Julia lives in Brisbane, has a young family and is an active member of her local community garden. Having worked in the community environmental sector for more than 15 years, she understands the importance of enabling young people to connect with nature using heart, head and hands, as a pathway to effective environmental action. She is excited by the potential the Hamer Sprout Fund has to support initiatives of young Australians who want to meet our current global environmental challenges.

Rory Brenan:
Rory is living and working in Sydney as an electrical engineer, having graduated from university in 2012. He’s filled with hope for the ability of young people to meet this century’s big challenges, and believes in the potential of the Hamer Sprout Fund to leverage this into action for sustainability and community engagement.

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