Our board

The Board of Directors of the Migrant Information Centre are elected every three years to provide governance and strategic direction to the organization ensuring that all our contractual, financial and legal obligations are met

List of board members

  • Mr Peter McPhee


    Peter has extensive experience in managing community based organisations. Peter was a director of the MIC’s first board; he was a director of Vasey RSL Care and RSL Veterans and Widows Trust. Peter is a former Chairman of the Australia Day Council (Vic) Inc. and an active member of Rotary.

  • Mr Kai Leung

    Deputy Chairperson

    Kai currently practises law as a partner in a Melbourne-based law firm. Before becoming a lawyer, he spent more than 10 years managing corporate services as CFO of public-listed and private companies. He has a strong interest in the successful settlement of migrants and refugees. Kai read law at Monash University, holds an MBA and a BBus, and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

  • Mr Tony Robinson

    Prior to joining the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Tony worked in politics for 20 years. Starting as an electorate officer, he served as private secretary to the then opposition leader John Brumby before entering the Victorian Parliament as the member for Mitcham in 1997. Over 13 years he served as Parliamentary Secretary, Parliamentary Committee Chair, Cabinet Secretary and between 2007 and 2010 Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Assisting with Veterans. As a Minister Tony was involved in major reforms to the state’s liquor and gaming industries as well as assisting with the establishment of the new Australian Consumer Law and the transfer of credit responsibility to the Commonwealth.

  • Mr Mark Melican

    Mark is the Principal of Blackburn English Language School which has two campuses one in Blackburn and a second in Croydon North.  Mark has over 25 years’ experience in teaching with a focus on teaching English as an additional language.

  • Rebecca Burdon


    Rebecca has a background in economics. She has worked in New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom, and led complex projects in a range of other countries including Zimbabwe, Ghana, Cape Verde, Trinidad and Tobago, and Iran. She has held senior management and board-level roles for government, regulatory, commercial and not-for-profit entities. Rebecca was the Treasurer of The Social Studio – a social enterprise that provides education and work experience to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Mr Sudharma Hiremath

    Sudharma has extensive experience in managing corporate and operational services in both the commercial and not for profit sectors, with key interests in the areas of housing/homelessness, domestic violence and the settlement of new migrants.  Sudharma’s strengths include strategy, corporate governance, risk and compliance. Sudharma’s academic qualifications include an Executive Master of Business Administration, a Post Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Alternative Medicine. Currently Sudharma is the Corporate Services Manager at Launch Housing.

  • Mr Aliakbar Akbarzadeh

    Aliakbar is Professor and Leader of the Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Group in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University. Aliakbar has been actively involved in community activities for over 30 years. Aliakbar was a founding member (1982) of the Iranian Cultural School in East Doncaster where he was also a volunteer teacher for 15 years. He has served two years as the Vice President of the Iranian Society of Victoria and presently is the Vice President of the House of Persia Community and Cultural Centre. For the last 18 years Aliakbar has been a volunteer with Do Care (Wesley Mission) looking after isolated elderly people.

  • Claire Smith


    Claire is a lawyer specialising in anti-discrimination, human rights and government law. Claire has 10 years experience in government as a legal adviser, litigation specialist and policy adviser. Claire has expertise in corporate governance, public sector oversight and integrity reform. Claire is currently leading integrity reform projects and integrity policy development in Victorian government.