Board Members

SSI is an independent, not-for-profit organisation led by CEO Violet Roumeliotis with the support of an eight-member Board.

The Board is comprised of up to four Independent Directors and up to four Member Directors, who are drawn from the Boards and senior executive of SSI's 11 NSW-based Migrant Resource Centre partners with elections held each year at an AGM.

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

Elisabeth Shaw

Elisabeth Shaw

Elisabeth Shaw (BA (Hons) M.Mgt. (Comm) MCFT; MProf Ethics, FAPS (FCCOUNP; FCCLP); GAICD) has been on the Board of SSI since July 2015 and chair since November 2016.

When not working with SSI, she is CEO of Relationships Australia NSW. Her background as a clinical and counselling psychologist, executive and ethics consultant have led her to work in a range of NFP roles, as well as co-owning her own psychology centre in inner west Sydney. As a consultant to frontline services she has provided clinical supervision as well as led service reviews and design; she has been the executive coach for managers and executives across sectors, taught in MBA and clinical masters programs in areas of business, clinical practice and professional ethics, and is a senior consultant at The Ethics Centre.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, having been recognised for her contribution to her profession, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has published her work on a wide range of topics related to clinical practice in her specialisation of couple and family therapy, best practice in supervision, and professional ethics. This has included a co-authored text entitled Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Managing Life and Work Decisions.

Lucy Taksa

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.

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.

Frank Zheng

Frank Zheng

Frank Zheng is the CEO of Auburn Diversity Services Inc, a SSI member organisation.

He holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre, along with significant experience in service delivery, case management, finance, HR, IT and operations at an organisational level.

Frank has been working in a variety of organisations in the community sector including peak bodies, a community research company and front line service providers in different capacities. He has led organisational changes with proven positive outcomes, based on extensive knowledge and thorough understanding of the sector. Frank also has a Cert IV in Training & Assessment.

Scott MachinScott Machin

Scott has extensive experience in the financial services industry including senior leadership roles in strategy, finance, advice and program management functions. More recently he has worked within the fintech industry.  At present he is a consultant to a number of organisations in the financial services sector.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Business Administration, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.  He is currently the Chair of Metro Assist Limited, a SSI member organisation.

Nathan HagartyNathan Hagarty

Nathan Hagarty is the Chair of Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre, an SSI member organisation, a Councillor at Liverpool City Council and Chief of Staff to the Federal Member for Werriwa.

He has a Bachelor of International Studies from Western Sydney University and holds numerous accreditation in project management and information and communications technology. Nathan has broad experience across the financial services, tertiary education and public sectors in operations, product management, project management and information technology roles.

Nathan is a proud life long resident of Western Sydney and a passionate advocate for his community.

VoulaVoula Messimeri AM MAICD

Voula Messimeri has had a long career in the community and multicultural services sector.

She has had roles as a non-executive Board Director, including as Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), Deputy Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, inaugural Chair of Women’s Health in the North, and Chair of InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence.

She has held appointments on a wide range of ministerial state and federal advisory structures across diverse areas, including health, ageing, income support and media, and as a member on the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council.

Voula was recognised under the Order of Australia for her contribution to refugees, migrants and women. She is currently serving on the Board of PRONIA and is the Chair of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

AlexAlex McCauley

Alex is CEO and Executive Director of Australia's peak advocacy group for tech startups, StartupAUS. He has a national and international profile as a leader in innovation and technology policy and has published numerous reports on these subjects. He is Chair of the Startup Advisory Panel for the Department of Home Affairs’ Global Talent Scheme, and has advised policymakers at all levels of government.

Alex spent six years as a member of Australia's foreign service, where he represented Australia as a diplomat in Israel from 2012 to 2015. During his posting, he was responsible for the embassy’s reporting on regional Middle Eastern geopolitical strategy and security. He has degrees in Economics and Social Sciences and Law (Hons) from Sydney University.

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


Respecting diversity and being non-discriminatory


Caring, empathy and respect for the dignity of others


Co-operation and mutual respect


Dynamic, flexible and responsive service


Professional practices and accountability


Commitment to partnerships and excellence