We have a volunteer board of directors headed by a chairperson supported by professional staff.
The ECCV Board governs the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria Inc. (ECCV).
The Board meets monthly and hosts an Annual General Meeting each year for its members.
The ECCV Board are elected in accordance with the ECCV Constitution which is located on the Strategic Documents page.
The Board are appointed to their elected terms and positions including Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson(s), Secretary, Treasurer and ordinary director(s). Eligible members have the opportunity to vote for their preferred nominated candidates at an annual general meeting which is hosting elections in that year. Those elected to the board members are appointed a position that is determined by varying factors such as skill set and experience.
Chairperson, 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 March 1983 –September 1999 during which he held numerous portfolios covering Health, Industrial Relations, Work Cover & Multicultural Affairs.
Deputy Chairperson, Jill Morgan AM
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.
Deputy Chairperson, Jenny Semple
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.
Secretary, Marion Lau OAM JP
Convenor: Aged Care Policy Advisory Committee
Marion is a Director of her own management consultancy, with a focus on aged care, ethnic aged and migrant women’s health and well-being, as well as small business counseling 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 & children, and the aged from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds.
As a female small business owner, she is concerned that small businesses have the support to understand and comply with relevant legislation, especially business owners from Non-English Speaking backgrounds, as well as develop strategies to ensure their continuing financial sustainability and profitability. 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 – Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust, and an Australia Day Ambassador.
Treasurer, 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 Neighbourhood 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:
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.
Dr Sundram Sivamalai JP
Sundram was born in Malaysia, he maintains his conversational language interests in Tamil (mother tongue) and Malay (the national language of Malaysia). He was the Foundation Chair of the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council. He just completed his two terms (4 years) as Victorian Multicultural Commissioner and been on the Ministerial Advisory Council for Responsible Gambling in Victoria. He still maintains his interest and passion to advocate 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.
Sundram was awarded the Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth Government for his work with migrants.
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 suburb as well as been part of many advisory and advocacy boards to multiple government and NFP organisations.
With tertiary-level 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.
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.
Joe Caputo OAM JP MAIDC
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 Councillor and Mayor in the former City of Brunswick and Councillor and Mayor in the City of Moreland.
Abiola (Abi) has over 17 years’ experience working in the health sector and with different CALD communities and not-for-profit organisation 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, Aged care, women and youth in the community. She also mentors African youth. Abi has contributed significantly to educating, training and empowering people from the cultural and linguistic diverse group in Aged care, nursing and mental health.
A graduate of African Leadership development program (leadership Victoria), she was nominated for women in leadership and entrepreneur of the year in 2018 by African media Australia. She is the winner of 2018 business and entrepreneurship by African media Australia.
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.
Immediate Past Chairperson
Kris Pavlidis is an experienced advocate for social justice, cultural diversity, committed to ECCV’s mission and values. Kris is FECCA Deputy Chairperson, Chair – Whittlesea Multicultural Community Council; Convenor, Women Matter and PRONIA Director. Kris has served as Mayor and Councillor for over 15 years in Local Government. Her skill base lies in Strategic planning, Policy Development, Community and stakeholder engagement and consultation.
Her work has been recognised through the VMC Awards for Multicultural Excellence; the VLGA Champions for Gender Equity; the Municipal Association Victoria for Outstanding Service. Kris was appointed to the Board in 2015. Qualifications: B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W. Management.
Board Standing Committees
|Cr Kris PAVLIDIS||2017 – 2019|
|Eddie MICALLEF||2013 – 2017|
|Joe CAPUTO OAM JP||2011 – 2013|
|Sam AFRA JP||2007 – 2011|
|Phong NGUYEN||2003 – 2007|
|Marion LAU OAM JP (Acting Chair, then elected Chair)||2001 – 2003|
|George LEKAKIS AO||1997 – 2001|
|Victor BORG||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|
We are proud to recognise the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the first Australians, cultural leaders and traditional custodians of the land from which we advocate for ethnic community groups. We pay our respects to their elders, past & present.