Our Board

ECCV is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board meets monthly and hosts an Annual General Meeting each year for its members. The ECCV Board is elected in accordance with the ECCV Constitution.

Eligible ECCV members have the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidates at an annual general meeting. Those elected to the Board are appointed a position, which is determined by varying factors, such as skill set and experience.

Officer Bearers

Eddie Micallef


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 a 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.

Jenny Semple

Deputy Chairperson

Jenny has worked in the multicultural sector as the CEO of the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre for 20 years. Currently, she is serving as a Board member of ECCV, and a non-Executive Director on the WorkWays Australia Ltd, Employment agency board. She has many years’ experience serving on the following boards, Refugee Council of Australia Board, Chisholm TAFE, Darebin Community Health Centre, a Founding member of the Settlement Council of Australia (Chair, Vice-Chair)

She was also nominated on a Ministerial Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council (RRAC) for over 5 years. Jenny has many networks in the community sector and also the multicultural sector with agencies and community leaders and a demonstrated understanding of finance, budgets, HR and OHS.

She received an award from the State government for meritorious services to the community, as part of Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2016.

Marion Lau OAM JP

Secretary & Convenor, Aged Care Policy Advisory Committee

Marion runs her own management consultancy, with a focus on aged care, ethnic aged and migrant women’s health and wellbeing, as well as small business counselling and mentoring.

Marion has a special interest and commitment to advocate for the principles of Access & Equity and Social Justice and their application to migrants, especially women and children and the aged from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds, as well as supporting small businesses to understand and comply with relevant legislation and enable them to thrive.

Marion was awarded the Order of Australia in 1996 for her work with older Australians and those from Chinese backgrounds, and a Centenary medal in 2003 for her work in promoting multiculturalism. She is also a Justice of the Peace in Victoria, and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, Trustee of Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust, and an Australia Day Ambassador.

Zeynep Yesilyurt


Zeynep has worked as a researcher, community development worker and social worker in a range of non-profit community organisations in the areas of settlement, women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, and child and family services.

She has a particular interest in human rights and social justice issues which has led her to be actively involved in many grassroots organisations as a volunteer, community advocate and committee of management members, including the Dallas Neighborhood House, Alevi Federation of Australia, Alevi Community Council of Australia, Northern Health and the Victorian and Immigration Refugee Women’s Coalition.

Currently, she is a member of the Equality Rights Alliance, a national network of women’s organisations advocating for women’s equality, women’s leadership and recognition of women’s diversity.

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 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.

Jenny Matic

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

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.

Currently, Joe is the Honorary President of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) and 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.


Kris Pavlidis

Kris Pavlidis is an experienced advocate for social justice and equality, committed to ECCV’s mission and values. Kris is the Senior Deputy Chairperson of FECCA and President of PRONIA. She is ECCV’s Immediate Past Chairperson. Kris has served as Mayor and Councillor for over 15 years in Local Government. Kris was appointed to the ECCV Board in 2015.

Her work has been recognized through the VMC Awards for Multicultural Excellence; the VLGA Champions for Gender Equity; the Municipal Association Victoria for Outstanding Service.

Mohammed Yassin

Mohammed Yassin is former refugee from Iraq who has been living in Australia for 16 years. As a passionate young person, he has worked in and led many youth and community organisations in Melbourne’ s northern suburbs, as well as being part of many advisory and advocacy boards to multiple government and NFP organisations.

With tertiary qualifications in biomedicine and cancer research, he has a passion for helping young people and migrant/refugee communities face their current challenges and prosper in this society.

Parsuram Sharma-Luital JP

Parsu is a community connector, negotiator, volunteer and Human Rights advocate for refugees, migrants and vulnerable communities at local, national and international levels. He is passionate about social justice, multiculturalism and fair go for all Australians.

Parsu has served on the ECCV Board and as Convenor of the NEC Policy Committee for 10 years. He has also served 8 years in FECCA leadership as a board member till October 2019.

He is the first person of Bhutanese origin appointed to South Asian Communities Ministerial Advisory Council in 2018 and Victoria’s Multicultural Champion (at the Government House) in 2017 by the Victorian Government for his work in breaking down barriers between culturally diverse communities in Victoria.

Simon Jedwab

Simon attended Melbourne University and completed a Bachelor of Social Work.

He has been involved in community service as a professional and a volunteer for most of his life. He worked as a social worker for Jewish Welfare with people with a disability for 13 years until 2001 and later in 2013 returned to work at its successor Jewish Care, managing the Employment Centre. He has also served in a volunteer role on a number of oversight and steering committees of community organisations as well as coaching community football teams.

Simon is skilled in supporting people particularly from a CALD background and people living with a disability predominately in job seeking.

Dr Sundram Sivamalai JP

Sundram was born in Malaysia, he maintains his conversational language interests in Tamil and Malay. He was the Foundation Chair of the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council. He completed two terms as Victorian Multicultural Commissioner and been on the Ministerial Advisory Council for Responsible Gambling in Victoria and maintains his interest and passion for advocating for CALD communities.

Sundram has held senior academic positions including Adjunct Professor with University of Manipal, India and Associate Professor at James Cook University in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Sundram was awarded the Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth Government for his work with migrants.

Board Standing Committees

Past Chairs


Cr 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

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Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
Suite 101, 398 Sydney Road,
Coburg VIC 3058
Phone: (03) 9354 9555
Email: eccv@eccv.org.au