Board Members

SSI is an independent, not-for-profit organisation led by CEO Violet Roumeliotis and General Manager Peter Zographakis with the support of a seven-member Board.

Board members are drawn from SSI's membership base of 11 NSW-based Migrant Resource Centres and Multicultural Services with elections held each year at an AGM.

The Board members bring a depth of experience from the community and corporate sectors.


Elizabeth Shaw

Chair
Elisabeth Shaw

Elisabeth is a Registered Clinical and Counselling Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience focused on couple and family therapy. She is the Executive General Manager of Practice Quality and Innovation at Relationships Australia (NSW) where she oversees service design, research, practice standards, and workforce development.

Elisabeth has experience in a wide range of professional settings, including her own clinical practice, also providing clinical supervision and consultancy to individuals and teams across a range of clinical issues and populations including child protection, women’s health, family safety, migration and settlement, addiction, parenting, sexuality, child and adult sexual abuse, trauma and mental health. She teaches in postgraduate programs in clinical practice, supervision and professional ethics, and has produced many publications in each of these areas. In addition, Elisabeth is a senior consultant with The Ethics Centre, is on the faculty of School of Life, and is a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

With postgraduate qualifications in psychology, management and professional ethics, and a passion for community service, Elisabeth provides a solid and independent depth of understanding to the board of Settlement Services International regarding the human side of the services that the organisation delivers, in the context of rapid industry change, substantial growth in services, and ongoing changes to public policy in the settlement services sector.


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Lucy Taksa

Lucy is Professor and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, and has been involved in academia since 1990. Lucy has a global academic and research profile and is published in more than 80 monographs, articles, book chapters and national and international conference papers. Lucy’s research interests include migration, migrant employment, equity, diversity, management and organisational processes.

Lucy is the convenor of the Cultural Diversity Research Network within the Department of Marketing and Management at Macquarie University and has collaborated actively with the Ethnic Communities Council NSW as well as being a member of the Ministerial Roundtable on Cultural Diversity in the Workplace. With a strong passion in these areas, Lucy applies her research and strategic capabilities to support the SSI board.


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Lou Bacchiella

Lou is an experienced and achievement-focused community sector executive, who applies his strong management skills to achieving sustainability in those organisations that he has been involved in over the course of his career. Lou’s involvement with Metro Assist Incorporated, a Migrant Resource Centre, since 2007, and as CEO of that organisation since 2014, reflects his passion for the sector and the work of organisations providing services to migrants.

Lou sits on a number of advisory panels as an advocate for the wellbeing of migrant and refugee families and communities. He is currently Vice President on the Board of Co.As.It., a long-standing organisation that provides welfare and cultural services to the Italian community in Sydney, and operates the Italian Bilingual School. Lou’s experience gives the SSI board strong front-line service input during a period of major sector-based change.


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Antoinette Chow

Antoinette is highly experienced in the community services sector with more than 25 years’ involvement in a number of organisations, designing and delivering programs that have positively impacted a wide range of service users. Since 1994, Antoinette has been actively engaged with migrant resource organisations and those that deliver multicultural services. Antoinette has been involved with the St George Migrant Resource Centre since 1994, assuming the position of Executive Officer in 2006; a position she currently holds.

Antoinette brings experience and dedication for service to the SSI Board, as well as grounding in program design and service delivery that will prove valuable as the company and the sector continue to change.


Clement Meru

Clement Meru

Clement has worked at SSI member organisation CORE Community Services (formerly Cabramatta Community Centre) since 2004, and has managed its Multicultural Communities (formerly Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre) service since 2013.

He was born in Germany but hails from the Republic of South Sudan and settled in Australia in 2003. Prior to moving to Australia Clement’s passion to support individuals seeking a new life in other countries led him to Cairo where he taught English to refugees and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa. He has extensive knowledge and experience in supporting communities to establish structures to support their settlement in Australia. Clement also has nine years experience in the governance of small and medium sized, incorporated organisations as well as peak bodies. 

Clement has qualifications in welfare and community sector management.


Yung Ngo

Yung Ngo

Yung is currently the State General Manager of the Premium Bank at Westpac. He leads a team of dedicated relationship managers who provide quality banking services to an affluent customer segment in the NSW and Asia Channel. Prior to this role, Yung worked in St George Retail as Head of NSW Metro, as Head of Retail Lending and Head of Regional NSW. In these roles he led St George's mortgage lending and branch network businesses through growth and transformation.

Prior to joining Westpac Group, Yung had an extensive career in various senior leadership roles in sales and distribution at GE Capital and Allianz Insurance. Yung is also the Chair of Westpac’s Cultural Diversity Leadership - Employee Action Group (EAG), which has more than 1,400 members nationally. 

Yung's family came to Australia in 1978, as refugees, when he was 3 years old, having escaped war torn Vietnam by boat.


Elfa MoraitakisElfa Moraitakis

Elfa is the CEO of SydWest Multicultural Services, one of SSI’s member organisations. She has been involved in the community sector for the past 25 years and has an extensive background in developing services for linguistically disadvantaged communities, with a focus on engaging community and stakeholder participation. She has a strong track record in strategic direction and innovation, problem solving and strong leadership skills that support high performance teams.

Elfa has a degree in Sociology and Modern Greek (Honours) from the University of NSW and an Associate Diploma of Applied Management by the AIM. Elfa is passionate about her Greek heritage and is the Treasurer of the Board of the Hellenic Institute of Language and Culture. She also sits on a number of Advisory Committees across the sector.


Vision and values

SSI’s vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families to reach their potential.

Social Justice

Equity and access to all

Diversity

Respecting diversity and being non-discriminatory

Compassion

Caring, empathy and respect for the dignity of others

Respect

Co-operation and mutual respect

Quality

Dynamic, flexible and responsive service

Ethics

Professional practices and accountability

Innovation

Commitment to partnerships and excellence