Board Members

of SydWest Multicultural Services

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Emeritus Professor Peter Zelas AM

    Director

    Peter graduated in Medicine from Sydney University and practised as a General Surgeon, specialising in colorectal surgery. Following the establishment of the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University in 2007, Peter was appointed the Clinical Dean at Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals. He has also been associated with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), undertaking surgery in Liberia, Somalia and Indonesia as well as in Ghana and Nepal. In 2006 Peter was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to medicine in Western Sydney and in 2021, the Member in the Order of Australia (AM) for services to medicine, to health administration and humanitarian health initiatives. Peter continues to teach medical students and enjoys the satisfaction of teaching and mentoring the next generation of health professionals and learning and contributing to the health care in developing countries.