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Governance

Ethnic Community Services Co-operative’s Board of Directors is comprised of seven members who meet monthly to discuss the activities and direction of the organisation. Board members are elected based on the relevance of their skills and knowledge to ECSC’s mission. Board members are formally elected at the Annual General Meeting and serve a two year term of appointment.

Board Members

Khedra CloudKhedra Cloud – Chairperson

Khedra has been with the board since 2015. Following his passion, Khedra decided to leave a successful career in marketing to found Future Unity. The Sydney based not-for-profit now develops and delivers programs that engage young people in need to ensure they receive every chance to reach their full potential, find their passion and to live happy, healthy and prosperous lives. Khedra brings this same passion for community and youth development to the ECSC Board.

 


Tony Ovadia – Secretary

Tony is a retired Clinical Psychologist and Consultant with a long association with ECSC and multicultural services and has experience in Aboriginal services. She has worked in health, disability, housing and community services as a clinician, case worker, policy officer and service manager as well as on a number of tribunals and complaint bodies. She has previously held board positions for many community organisations.

 


Samantha DamoulakisSamantha Damoulakis – Treasurer

Samantha is an Early Childhood Teacher who has been working in children’s services for 18 years. She has been the Director of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales’ Child Care Centre (the first ethnic child care centre, and one of the few remaining bilingual centres, in NSW) for 12 years. As Director, Samantha leads, guides and supports a team dedicated to providing high quality Early Education and Care to children. She has extensive experience in developing positive relationships with families, building effective networks with community organisations and government, and ensuring compliance with legislation, policy and governance procedures. Samantha is particularly interested in the Anti-Bias Curriculum approach to early learning and in developing an environment that supports inclusive practices.


Rosanna BarberoRosanna Barbero – Director

Rosanna joined the Board of Directors after Emceeing ECSC’s 35th anniversary celebration. Rosanna has over 20 years’ experience working in the global justice movement, based in Asia and the Middle East.  She has extensive involvement in managing poverty and human rights organisations at national, regional and global levels and on strengthening civil society NGOs at a regional level, particularly addressing the areas of governance and programming. Rosanna has also worked with multilateral donors and social movements. She has authored and supervised research papers on the World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund and World Bank’s impacts on poverty and exploitation, as well as on gender, trade and globalisation. Rosanna is currently the General Manager of the Addison Road Community Centre Organisation in Marrickville.


Shikha ChowdharyShikha Chowdhary – Director

Shikha joined the Board of Directors in 2017. Shikha has over 28 years of experience in managing aged care, disability and children’s services projects. She holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Certificate III in Children’s Services. Shikha’s extensive experience and knowledge of the community sector led her to the position as Programs Manager, now Interim Executive Director.

 


Jane Corpuz BrockJane Corpuz-Brock – Director

Jane has a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. She has been the Executive Officer of the Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association (IWSA) since 2002. In addition to this, Jane has been an active member of Migrante Australia, an organisation that strives to provide essential support services to Filipino migrants in Australia.

 


Edwina PickeringEdwina Pickering – Director

Edwina has been a Consultant coordinating reviews of various organisations for accreditation by the National Quality Improvement Council Standards, as well as involved in system analysis and strategic planning for organisational quality improvement, for over a decade. She has a background in Social Work and a Masters in International Relations (Humanitarian Rights).

 


Dina PetrakisDina Petrakis – Director

Dina has more than twenty five years’ experience working in Australia and the Asia Pacific region in education and project management. Her international work commenced in the late 1980s as a teacher trainer in northern Thailand and subsequently in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In 1993, after returning to Australia, she was employed by the NSW Department of Corrective Services in various educational roles, culminating in the position of Principal, Education and Training (2000 – 2003). She was responsible for the provision of education programs in 32 correctional centres across NSW, managing over 350 education staff providing training to more than 9,000 inmate-students. From late 2003 until early 2007 she worked as a technical adviser on capacity building programs funded by AusAID in the VET and Law and Justice sectors, in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. In 2007, back in Australia once again, she worked for a diverse range of organisations including Housing NSW and Marrickville Council, before moving to Settlement Services International (SSI) in 2009 to develop a small business start-ups program for newly arrived refugee entrepreneurs. She is currently the Global Manager for SSI’s IGNITE Small Business Start Ups initiative.


Ben Whitehorn

Ben Whitehorn – Director

Ben joined the Board at the AGM last year. He is the General Manager of and represents Randwick Waverley Community Transport and brings several years of Directorship Experience. Previous positions include executive positions of both state and national advocacy boards, as well as the industry equal opportunity commission.