Raquel Ricafort-Bleza is a dynamic partnership broker, program coordinator and project manager with non-government, not-for-profit and government sector experience. Raquel boasts 25 years’ experience in the community sector and is passionate about strengthening community service access, establishing stakeholder support and engagement and developing strategic social plans to help disadvantaged groups including people from CALD backgrounds.
Bridget Sarris has worked in the NSW public education sector for 40 years and is currently the Relieving Principal at Evans High School, a comprehensive secondary school in Blacktown. Bridget is a passionate supporter of the educational, health and settlement needs of newly-arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and their families and has been involved in a number of joint programs designed to enhance the lives of new arrivals.
Dr Moninderjit Singh
Dr Moninder Singh has over 27 years’ experience in the public, private and social sectors with expertise in management, teaching and training as well as research and analysis. He has Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from India, has served as an Associate Professor and has also established the Australian Academy of Management and Science. Dr Singh is the Chair of the Punjabi Council of Australia and is actively involved in various community groups across western Sydney.
Dr Chandrika Subramaniyan
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 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.
Tamara works as a Communications consultant and has been working in the media and marketing industry for the past 18 years. Over the past 15 years Tamara has mainly worked for NGO’s whose mandate has been to improve the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Tamara is passionate about women’s rights and giving a voice to the voiceless.
Karin is an award-winning researcher and lecturer in Culture and Society with Western Sydney University. She has a background in education and has worked extensively in community arts settings with a range of youth and community organisations. Karin's expertise lies in her ability to bring together diverse groups and genres to explore visual, musical and multi-arts practices for community cohesion, empowerment and expression in marginalised groups.
Noel is a returning Board Member. He has been involved in the disability rights movement for many years and has served on numerous state and federal government boards & committees dealing with access to the built environment, employment, health care and advocacy. Noel is a member of NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, has held board positions including Chair of Mountains Youth Services Team, Director for Connect Child & Family services, Vice President Break Thru People Solutions & is the founder of Greystanes Foundation Leura. His qualifications: Public Relations Diploma 1990 TAFE NSW; Community Services Management Diploma 2010 NSW VETAB.