Our Board

ECCV is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board sets our strategic direction and monitors our ongoing performance. The Board consists of 10 non-executive directors, including the Chairperson. The Board meets monthly and hosts an Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year for ECCV members.

The Board is elected every two years at the AGM, in accordance with the ECCV Constitution. Eligible ECCV members have the opportunity to nominate and vote for their preferred candidates. Board members can also be co-opted based on specific areas of expertise and experience.

Office Bearers

Eddie Micallef

Chairperson

Eddie has a professional background in Occupational Health and extensive experience in Community Health, where he supported policy and programs enabling culturally diverse communities to respond to drug and alcohol challenges. He is a former Director of Inner South Community (STAR) Health Service and William Angliss Institute.

Eddie has previously served as Chairperson of the ECCV Board and is active on ECCV’s Health Policy Committee. He has also been actively representing the ECCV on external organisations such as with Hepatitis Victoria. He served as a Member of the Victorian Parliament from 1983 – 1999, during which he held numerous portfolios covering Health, Industrial Relations, Work Cover & Multicultural Affairs.

Jill Morgan AM

Deputy Chairperson

Jill has worked extensively in multicultural and indigenous arts in Australia for over the past 25 years. She is currently a Director of the Australian Art Orchestra. She is the former CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria and Executive Director of Kulcha, Multicultural Arts of Western Australia.

She is an active cultural and community development worker and has worked extensively with many diverse communities to ensure they have a voice. Jill has contributed significantly to cultural policy development and strategies locally and nationally to promote diversity, human rights, and inclusion.

She has received an Order of Australia for significant service to the promotion of multicultural and indigenous art through leadership roles in arts organisations. Jill has been awarded the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award facilitators prize which pays tribute to outstanding excellence in the Arts in Australia.

Gabrielle marchetti

Deputy Chairperson

Gabrielle has been Principal Lawyer at JobWatch since 2006. She also has experience as a sessional lecturer at the Australian Catholic University and was previously a Board member at the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health. She is currently Deputy President of ComItEs (Committee of Italians Abroad) Victoria & Tasmania, and has been an active member of ECCV’s Policy Advisory Committee on Employment, Entrepreneurship, Education & Training since March 2022.

Additionally, she is the Convenor of the National Employment Law Network and Co-convenor of the Victorian Employment Law Working Group. Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Melbourne. She was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2000, and in the High Court of Australia and the Federal Court of Australia in 2004.

Jenny Matic

Treasurer

Hailing from a Croatian migrant background, Jenny has a passion for community service, advocacy and empowerment. It is a passion undiminished to this day.

Professionally, she is a partner in a small business, and has served at senior levels in the public service – as a Senior Ministerial adviser, and at Executive and CEO levels with a national peak body. She has over 15 years’ experience as a non-executive director (not-for-profit) and has well-developed governance and financial skills.

She is a former Victorian Multicultural Commissioner and has received awards from the Migrant Resource Centre – North West, the VMC and the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia for many years of community service.

Joe caputo oam

Secretary

Joe has been involved in advocating for ethnic minorities since arriving in Australia in the 1960s. As a founding member of the Ethnic Community Council of Victoria (ECCV), he has seen this organisation grow. He has also served on the ECCV Board and as Chairperson between 2011 and 2013 and as 

Joe has been an active member of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) and he has served as its Chairperson from 2013-2017.

He has also served as Councilor and Mayor in the former City of Brunswick and Councilor and Mayor in the City of Moreland.

Board of Directors

Abiola Akinbiyi

Abiola (Abi) has over 17 years’ experience working in the health sector and with different CALD communities and not-for-profit organisations in Australia. She has been a commissioner with the Victorian Multicultural Commission since September 2021.

She is a registered nurse, a clinical Nurse Educator, IT professional and an entrepreneur with a great passion for community development and social justice. She advocates for people from CALD communities, aged care, women and youth, including mentoring African youth. Abi has contributed significantly to educating, training and empowering people from the CALD group in aged care, nursing and mental health.

Dr Medha Gunawardana

Medha is passionate about helping seniors from migrant and refugee backgrounds, and is interested in developing a culturally tailored approach to addressing issues such as social isolation and elder abuse while promoting a positive view of ageing. She joined Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS) in 2018 and is the current Community Strengthening Manager. Prior to this role, she completed a PhD (Community Development and Planning) at La Trobe University in 2016.

She has more than 15 years of international experience as a lecturer and researcher, as well as experience in project management encompassing management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and partnership development.

Richard Ogetii

Richard is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 20 years experience and an Australian Solicitor with several years experience in criminal law practice, with special focus on counterterrorism, anti-money laundering and organised crime.

Similarly, Richard has a deep passion for community service and delights in using his legal background and understanding to advocate for and support disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the society. Richard is the Community Executive Officer at the Albury Wodonga Ethnic Community Council, where he has advocated on several issues impacting multicultural communities and initiated several innovative projects to fast track the integration of new humanitarian migrants.

Kenny Tran

Kenny is the Vice President of the Whittlesea Multicultural Community Council. He has been actively involved in advocating for multicultural communities for more than seven years. In addition to the WMCC, Kenny has worked with ECCV and FECCA through the Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders Program. He participated in consultations for policy development and as a presenter at the FECCA Conference.

Kenny has worked in with diverse communities such as the Vietnamese Community of Australia – Victorian Chapter, participating and delivering the Dual Identity Leadership Program aimed at helping young people of CALD background foster their leadership skills. Kenny graduated with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce, works in family violence and as Family Law lawyer.

Minwen Wu

Minwen is the founder and CEO of CAN-Chinese Australian Network Inc and English Corners Australia. Minwen has resided in China for 35 years and Melbourne for 21 years, gaining diverse life experiences. He has worked in various roles and is passionate about actively contributing to the community. Minwen holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Laws degree. He is bilingual, proficient in both Chinese and English.

From 2012 to 2019, he consecutively served as a member of the school councils for Dandenong West Primary School, Dandenong North Primary School, and Dandenong High School. Additionally, from 2017 to 2019, he was a member of the Cultural Heritage Committee and later the Multicultural Committee of the City of Greater Dandenong. He also ran as a candidate for the City of Greater Dandenong Council election in 2016 and the Whitehorse City Council election in 2020.

Past Chairs

 

Kris PAVLIDIS 2017 – 2019
Eddie MICALLEF 2013 – 2017
Joe CAPUTO OAM JP 2011 – 2013
Sam AFRA JP 2007 – 2011
Phong NGUYEN OAM 2003 – 2007
Marion LAU OAM JP (Acting Chair, then elected Chair) 2001 – 2003
George LEKAKIS AO 1997 – 2001
Victor BORG AM  1991 – 1997
Maurice CAUCHI 1989 – 1991
Anne ECKSTEIN (Acting Co-chair) 1988 – 1989
Wellington LEE OAM, OBE (Acting Co-chair) 1988 – 1989
Anthony BONNICI 1983 – 1988
Walter LIPPMANN 1975 – 1983