Leadership Team

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.

Violet Roumeliotis

Chief Executive Officer
Violet Roumeliotis (GAICD)

Violet applies an astute strategic vision and active leadership at SSI, and indeed in the settlement sector broadly, given the critical role the organisation and its member MRCs play. She provides professional executive management of SSI’s complex operations and, with the active participation of the SSI Board, Violet ensures the organisation remains true to its vision and mission.

Violet holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Sociology and History from UNSW, a Masters in Management from UTS and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and so brings learned expertise to the position of CEO. Violet has an extensive background in the leadership of large not-for-profit organisations providing services to at-risk communities, while applying a strengths-based approach. She sits on numerous boards and committees and has over 30 years’ experience in governance, human resources and financial management.

Violet has steered SSI through a dramatic growth period, from a staff of less than 70 just three years ago, to over 500 in 2014 and was named in Pro Bono Australia’s 2014 and 2015 lists of the 25 most influential people working in the not-for-profit sector.

Outside of her work with SSI, Violet sits on the NSW Government’s Justice Multicultural Advisory Committee, the Federal Government’s Settlement Services Advisory Council, and Co-Chairs the NSW Joint Partnership Working Group coordinating the NSW component of the additional intake of 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Peter Zographakis

General Manager
Peter Zographakis (GAICD)

Peter is the General Manager of SSI. Peter has worked in the manufacturing, retail, and service sectors,  holding a number of senior operational and finance roles. In addition he has owned and managed a number of diverse businesses. His experience traverses strategy, financial management, sales and marketing, service delivery and corporate governance. Peter has a Master of Professional Accounting, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and is a Graduate of the  Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Stephen O'Neill

Chief Operations Officer
Stephen O’Neill

Stephen has more than 30 years’ experience working in the community care and disability sectors in NSW. During this time his professional experience has seen him work in service and strategic planning, community development, program planning, organisational management and development, consultation at local and regional levels, through to executive management and leadership positions with state-wide responsibilities. 

Stephen has also work in the sector as a consultant.

Joseph Ferrer

Manager Business & Community Development
Joseph Ferrer

Joseph manages the business development, and child and family services. He is responsible for developing and implementing new initiatives. Joseph has extensive experience in change management in the NGO and government sectors. He has postgraduate qualifications in conflict resolution and sociology. Joseph is an accredited mediator.

Patick Yeung

Manager Housing Services
Patrick Yeung

Patrick manages and administers all SSI social public housing and accommodation programs, services and properties including safety and compliance with established codes and standards. He also provides leadership in the development of strategic partnerships that facilitate access to a range of housing options and innovative housing services delivery practice models.

Patrick has experience in the development and management of social and affordable housing in NSW over 20 years. He has worked for a number of social housing providers in various senior positions, including community housing operational programs, strategic planning, asset management, business development, organisational development and management. 

Patrick has a Masters Degree in Social Science, a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor Degree of Social Work.

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