Our board

The Board of Directors of the Migrant Information Centre is 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

  • Lisa Dean


    Lisa has worked extensively in housing and homelessness and the community care sectors.  With a training and quality improvement background, Lisa currently works with community aged care providers, to ensure that people can access services that are inclusive and support their individual preferences, beliefs, values and needs.

  • Kai Leung


    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.

  • 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.

  • Cate Coleman


    Cate is a values-driven program manager and executive with over a decade of experience working in not-for-profit social justice organisations including The Social Studio, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and international non-profit Give2Asia. Cate has tertiary qualifications in Behavioural Science and International Development from LaTrobe University.

  • 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.

  • Naomi Kim


    Naomi has 17 years of experience in governance, risk management and internal audit spanning Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, gained from both in-house roles and professional services firms. She is currently the Head of Internal Audit within the financial services industry and a Board Member of Financial Counselling Victoria.

    Naomi is an advocate for financial wellbeing for those vulnerable in our community and having been raised in a migrant family in Australia, has a passion for the successful settlement of migrants and refugees in Australia.

    Naomi is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Information Systems from the University of Melbourne.

    Naomi identifies herself as an Australian-Korean female, is also a chief mummy, and her family is part of the Manningham and Whitehorse communities.

  • Nicole Barwick


    Nic has found the experience of working in the for-benefit sector, first with Lifeblood and now with Corryong Health, extremely rewarding and motivating. She is keen to broaden her contribution to improve peoples’ lives. Nic is an experienced non-executive director and chair specialising in strategy, optimising the customer experience and risk & financial management. Her knowledge of governance is underpinned by nine years with a big four accounting firm. Nic is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with more than 15 years in the health sector. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Information Systems.

  • Vinod Vijayan


    Vin is an accomplished technology leader with 15 years’ experience delivering digital and business/service transformation solutions in retail, education, banking, insurance, government and not for profit sectors. Vin is currently a senior IT Manager for the Country Road Group and has previously held senior management position at Carsales.com. Vin holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Information Technology from The University of Queensland. Vin enjoys cooking, yoga, the arts and travelling.