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Liverpool, NSW 2170

Level 2
178 Queen Street

Campbelltown, NSW 2560


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Meet our Board of Directors

The board of directors is the most important decision-making body of a not-for-profit charity. It is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation and overseeing its activities to ensure that its objectives are met.

Rola Hijwel

Rola is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia, with over 20 years of experience in immigration law. She is recognised as an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law by the New South Wales Law Society, one of less than 30 in NSW. Rola is currently the Principal Solicitor and Director of Hijwel Migration Lawyers and has previously worked with an international immigration law firm and in community organisations in the Fairfield and Liverpool local areas in different roles prior to getting admitted as a solicitor. She has a passion for working with diverse communities’ in the Western Sydney region and migrants in general. Throughout her work in both the community sector and in her private practice, she always takes great pride in ensuring that people are treated equally and fairly through representation, education and strong advocacy work. She provides extensive pro bono work to migrant communities and also provides ongoing presentations and training in the area of immigration law for legal practitioners and other professionals. “I feel strongly about education and inclusion of newly arrived migrants to be connected and empowered to succeed in our wonderfully multicultural county. Having a personal connection with the local community, I look forward to serving on the board and help to support Western Sydney MRC in continuing to achieve its mission and vision, which I feel passionately about." Rola enjoys playing football with her local club, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Chair of the Board

Helen Wortham

Intuitive, results-driven leader with PMP, Prince2, MSP Practitioner and ITIL certifications complemented by more than 15 years’ experience providing strategic advice and operational support in various IT and relationship management roles.
Board Director

Anita Kumar

Experienced CEO & social entrepreneur with a strong track record of leading transformational initiatives at a sector, government & community level to improve educational & social opportunities for children & families.
Board Director

Mustafa Agha

Experienced Policy Manager with a passion for driving change.
Board Director

Michael Cullen

Michael has a strong background in government having been a senior executive in the NSW Government’s Department of State & Regional Development, Liverpool City Council and TAFE NSW. In these roles his responsibilities included leadership of staff, delivery of quality client-facing services, stakeholder management and implementation of restructuring and transformation strategies to build fit for purpose organisations. While now semi -retired Michael continues to be passionate about ensuring Western Sydney harnesses its strengths – its multicultural character, its passion and exciting place making plans. Michael not only sees South West Sydney as the centre of Sydney’s growth but believes strongly in the important role the Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre plays in giving our region’s new migrants and refugees the support needed to help them thrive in their new country.
Board Director

Elisa Chian

Elisa has over 20 years’ experience in leading Enterprise Risk Management and Environmental & Social Governance for Australian and Global organisations across various industries, including NSW Education Standards Authority, Special Broadcasting Service Corporation and KPMG. An MBA graduate, with a background in Computer Systems Engineering and Project Management, with a passion for driving positive change, including helping improve opportunities for youth and migrant communities.
Board Director

Jerel David

Jerel is a versatile people leader and trusted advisor with over 15 years' experience in the commercial, government and infrastructure sectors in the Australian landscape. Currently at NSW Treasury, Jerel works collaboratively with government agencies and key stakeholders to provide Government with frank and fearless advice on financial management, policy reform and resource allocation, to shape a thriving, resilient and sustainable New South Wales. Jerel is passionate about working with diverse communities and driving social outcomes, and currently serves on the NSW Treasury CALD committee and as Treasurer of Parklife Cycling Club. He previously served on the NSW Young Chartered Accountants (YCA) Panel advocating for the professional and personal development of NSW YCA, and as a Board Observer on the PIANC ANZ. Jerel is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney. He has also completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst Program. 

Board Director


Dr. Amad Mtashar, OAM

Board Director from 2010 - 2023

Myee Gregory

Board Director from 2017 - 2023

Vijhai Utheyan

Board Director from 2019 - 2023

Nathan Hagarty MP

Board Director from 2015 - 2019
Chair of the Board 2019 - 2022

Dr Vincent Ogu

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