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Board Members of SydWest Multicultural Services

 

Tamara Giles

Tamara Giles

Chair

Tamara is a Communications and Community Development consultant who works predominantly with Indigenous people and communities nationally for more than 23 years. With her media background, Tamara started working in the Community Sector to try and help improve the perceptions of Indigenous people. Tamara has spent many years living and working in remote parts of Australia and enjoys the task of helping to improve the lives of people living in challenging circumstances. Tamara is an Aboriginal woman and her family stem from the Yuin/Wonnurua people in NSW.

 

dr chandrika subramaniyan

Dr Chandrika Subramaniyan

Treasurer

Dr Chandrika Subramaniyan is am award-winning solicitor and disputer resolution provider who is well known to and recognised by the Indian and Sri Lankan communities of Sydney. She received the Premier's Medal for Peace and Harmony in 2019. She has vast experience in addressing domestic violence and is a speaker with wealth of knowledge and experience and written nearly twenty five books in English and Tamil in the areas of community development, media, law and leadership. Chandrika has previously served on the SydWest Board 2011-2016 and as Chair in 2016 and is a board member for several other community services.

 

Vish Viswanathan

Vish Viswanathan

Director

Vish is an electronics engineer who moved to Australia from India in 1989 as a skilled migrant. As a local community leader, Vish has served on many community organisations, including Federation of Australian Indian Associations, SRI OM Foundation for Indian Seniors, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sydney Tamil Manra and Hindu Council of Australia. Vish has actively contributed to trade development and community charity initiatives between Australia and India.

 

 

Naveen Jayavarapu

Naveen Jayavarapu

Director

Naveen is a Civil Engineering Project Manager, who brings 15 plus years’ experience to the Board. Born and raised in India, Naveen moved to New Zealand and then to Australia in 2010. Since then, he has been involved in a number of charity organisations through his family. Naveen is particularly passionate about helping new migrants and refugees settle down without much inconvenience.

 

 

Angela Tsoukatos

Angela Tsoukatos

Director

Angela is an experienced and versatile Executive General Manager with a successful track record in Australia’s largest water utility, local government and the Not for Profit sector. Angela has built several high performing senior teams who have provided services and led significant improvements in stakeholder and government relations, customer services, culture and corporate governance. Between 2013-2017, Angela was a director on the Board of the NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman. Angela has supported and advised several boards, government forums and Customer Councils. In 2018, Angela was selected as one the Top NSW Public Sector Women.

 

 

Peter Zelas

Emeritus Professor Peter Zelas AM

Director

Dr Peter Zelas is a highly accomplished and award-winning medical surgery practitioner, administrator and educator. While retired from the WSU School of Medicine in 2018, he is still involved with teaching students in the Medical School Program. Peter is a board member of the Better Foundation that aims to raise funds for Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals for medical equipment, research and support for education of nurses, doctors and clinical staff. Peter has served on numerous committees and has worked overseas with international missions as a surgeon. In 2021, Peter was awarded the AM – Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to medicine, health administration and to humanitarian health initiatives.

 

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