The SSI leadership team includes a group of talented and skilled managers who cover a range of strategic and business development roles across the organisation, from humanitarian to disability services to child and family services.
Chief Executive Officer
Violet Roumeliotis (AM & GAICD)
· Member of the Order of Australia
· 2017 Telstra Business Woman of the Year and national winner of the For Purpose and Social Enterprise category
· 2018 AFR 100 Women of Influence
· 2018 InStyle Women of Style Community Champion
Violet Roumeliotis AM is a social entrepreneur who champions the strengths of our diverse communities. Through her C-suite and board roles, Violet uses innovation and collective impact to promote social justice and inclusion.
She is the CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI), a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other vulnerable individuals to achieve their full potential. During her eight years as CEO, Violet has taken SSI from a Sydney-based organisation with 68 staff to an 900-plus workforce that supports more than 37,500 people nationally each year.
Violet is committed to achieving equity, and advancing diversity and inclusion in all forms. In 2020, she was made a member of the Order of Australia for outstanding service to the community. Violet is also a former Telstra Australia Business Woman of the Year, has been named one of AFR’s Top 100 Women of Influence for 2018 in the category of Diversity & Inclusion and was awarded the title of Community Fellow from Western Sydney University for outstanding service to the community.
Violet sits on the board of the Australian Council of Social Service and Family Planning NSW. Her other appointments include the SBS Community Advisory Committee, the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Empowerment, NSW Domestic and Family Violence, and Sexual Assault Council, the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity, the UTS Business MBA Advisory Group, the Council on Economic Participation for Refugees, the International Metropolis Steering Committee, the Australian Defence Force's Chiefs of Service Committee's diversity and inclusion panel, and the NSW government’s join partnership working group overseeing refugee resettlement.
Executive General Manager,
Peter Zographakis (GAICD)
Public Affairs and Communications
Shannon has a diverse background across education and private sector organisations in public affairs, branding and communications. In her most recent role she was the Acting Chief Marketing Officer at Macquarie University leading a team of more than 50 people.
Prior to that, Shannon was the University’s Director of Communications managing a diversified portfolio and team.
Service Delivery Settlement
Yamamah joined SSI in 2011 as the Manager of the Humanitarian Settlement Program gaining extensive experience in team leadership, program management and stakeholder engagement.
Yamamah Agha leads all of SSI’s Settlement Programs (HSP), which supports newcomers and other vulnerable Australians to prosper. With over 15 years’ experience assisting new arrivals to settle in Australia, Yamamah has a strong passion for delivering social justice to refugees and vulnerable groups in need. She has a particular interest in women's rights, and supporting and empowering refugee women and their families to reach their potential.
Service Delivery Community
Prior to joining SSI , Kerry held senior roles in the social services, local government and corporate sectors. Her experience traverses; community development, homelessness, utility hardship programs, domestic and family violence, disability, child protection, childcare, out of home care and aged care. Kerry is passionate about social justice and equity. She has a track record of strategic thinking and innovation, delivering new service models to facilitate social change. Kerry has Bachelor of Arts degree and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Client Services and Operations
Greg has led major reform and transformative change across both government and the non-for-profit sectors. He has 18 years of strategic policy and implementation in the social justice sector.
His specific expertise is in Early Intervention, Child Protection, Out of Home Care, Homelessness, Domestic and Family Violence, Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention.
People and Culture
Padmi brings a wealth of commercial experience gained over 25 years working across the spectrum of the healthcare industry with a compelling purpose of improving the quality of patient care and broader wellbeing of the community. Padmi has shaped and grown multinational organizations including GE Healthcare, and Pfizer and most recently held the position of Vice President, Global People Operations at ResMed leading a diverse team of People and Culture professionals across APAC, EMEA and Americas.
Padmi is an energetic, pragmatic and collaborative leader, with passion to build high performing teams embracing the strengths of diverse talent, whilst embedding a culture of humility, belonging and inclusion, innovation, ownership and leadership at every level of the organization that thrives on creating memorable work experiences and delivers best in class services and solutions for the people in our community.
Chief Executive Officer,
Access Community Services Ltd
Gail Ker OAM
Gail joined the SSI leadership team in December 2018, when Access Community Services Ltd became a subsidiary of SSI in Queensland. She is the CEO of Access, responsible for managing all aspects of client service delivery, business development and growth in Queensland.
Gail has provided leadership for the Access team since 1992 and has vast industry experience and expertise in the Australian multicultural, humanitarian and community sectors. She is recognised as a leader in needs-based community planning, innovative business models, social cohesion, strategic partnerships, employment pathways, funding opportunities and strategic direction.
Gail has received numerous awards and honours for her contribution to refugees, multiculturalism and diversity. These include an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2010, the Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Award in the category For Purpose and Social Enterprise in 2017, and in 2018, a Queensland Greats Award in recognition for her outstanding contribution to development of the state and her role in strengthening and shaping the community in Queensland.
Ram has a proven track record of strong strategic thinking, innovation, change management, commercial astuteness and leadership roles across the core disciplines of finance, IT, governance, procurement and risk management in both commercial and NFP organisations in Australia and globally. Ram has led overall operations of a diverse nature of NFP organisations, transformed financial management systems from routine accounting functions to highly valued business partnerships, developed and implemented risk management systems, undertaken value for money and impact assessments, and developed and implemented business processes to scale up organisational capacity to effectively deliver services. He held similar roles in Habitat for Humanity Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation and Camp Quality Limited, prior to joining SSI.
Ram brings a wealth of experience in international development. Ram has worked in Australia and more than 70 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, South America and Europe in different capacities for UN organisations (such as UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO), bi-lateral organisations (such as DFID, Sida, CIDA, SDC, DFAT), inter-governmental organisations such as Partners in Population & Development (PPD), INGOs (such as International Planned Parenthood Federation, International Federation of Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity International, Marie Stopes International, and Save the Children) in leading the delivery of services and programs, undertaking independent monitoring and evaluation, value for money assessments and developing and assisting in the implementation of Strategic Plan.
Ram is qualified Chartered Accountant trained with Deloitte, a member of CPA Australia, holds PhD degree and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Victorian State Director,
Sonia is an executive manager with over 20 years’ experience, has significant skills and knowledge of, the multicultural sector, migration and resettlement. She has strong leadership, strategic and stakeholder engagement skills; and a proven track record in developing and maintaining effective partnerships with key stakeholders including all tiers of Government, academia and civil society.
She is currently employed as the Victorian State Director at Settlement Services International, has held the position of Director Partnerships & Community Development at Eastern Community Legal Centre, Acting CEO at South East Community Links, previously she was the Principal Advisor of Operations at Anglicare Victoria, National Manager of Community Migration Programs at Australian Red Cross and before that her role was Manager Settlement & Family Services at Spectrum MRC.
Sonia holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology & Human Movement, a Graduate Diploma in International Law, Post Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counselling & Psychotherapy, is an Australian Registered Migration Agent and currently a Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commissioner.
Katrina joined SSI in 2014, following a diverse career in academia, social policy and international development. She is currently Executive Officer at SSI, bringing to the role her strong analytical and advisory experience, well-developed capacity to work across complex organisations, and experience in relationship building and influencing to the role.
Her specific expertise is in the provision of high-level strategic advice in NFP organisations, offering cross sector insights and an evidence-based approach to solving complex problems.
Katrina holds a Master of International Development and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology.