OUR BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

Chairperson

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji has been a member of the Board of Community Migrant Resource Centre since 2010. She was the Secretary of the Board from 2015 to 2018. Dr Ogunsiji is a Registered Nurse by profession and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. Originally from Nigeria, Dr Ogunsiji completed her Bachelor of Science (Sociology) and Master of Science (Sociology) and was a lecturer in one of the Nigerian Universities prior her migration to Australia in 1999. She joined the academic staff of Western Sydney University in 2008, and is currently the Director of Academic Workforce, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Liverpool Campus, Sydney. 

Dr Ogunsiji’s research and community work focuses on women’s health with specific focus on violence against women, migrant and refugee women’s health and health of people of African descent. Her research topics are female genital mutilation, intimate partner violence, breast and cervical cancer screening and parenting practices. Olayide conducts her research in partnership with industry partners, community organisations and local, national and international collaborators. She was the 2020 Blacktown Woman of the Year at the New South Wales Women of the Year Award; won the 2021 Salvos Multicultural Social Advocacy Award and the Dorothy Garrigus Adams 2021 Award for Excellence in Service at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society International Awards.

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representing a major international airline. In his 34 year career, he served in a number of senior and general management positions covering Africa, UK, Europe, Australia NZ and India. In September 1994 he obtained a scholarship from Pratt and Whitney to study at MIT in Boston. Thevan left the airline industry in 2012. In 2013 Thevan joined a new startup as a partner and in 2017 he was elected to join the Board of CMRC. In 2019 he was voted into the position of Chairperson.

Deputy Chairperson

Keith Hamilton 

Reverend Keith Hamilton is the Uniting Church Minister in Bathurst.  Previously he was the Senior Minister / CEO of Parramatta Mission, based in Western Sydney.  Keith has been a member of the CMRC board since 2014.  He brings more than 30 years of experience and expertise in governance, strategic planning, human resources, and financial management.  He has considerable experience in engagement with local, state and federal governments, the business community, community service organisations and religious bodies across Sydney and beyond.  He has a long history of working with people in cross-cultural settings, with migrants making Australia home in Western Sydney.  Keith holds a Master and Bachelor of Theology, Sydney College of Divinity, a Master of Arts (Communication and Cultural Studies), UWS, and a Master of Management (in Community Services and Not-For-Profits), UTS, and is a PhD Candidate through CSU.

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Treasurer

Umaru Binneh Conteh

Binneh has been the Executive Director of the El-Bethel Crusades Weyata Peter Ministries since 2007. He is also the organising Secretary for the Friends of Sierra Leone.
Binneh holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) Degree from the University of Western Sydney and has published research papers on Australia’s Bond / Equity Home Bias. He is currently an employee of Fuji Xerox Australia – Global Services Commercial. Binneh has been a Board member of CMRC since 2010 and currently the Treasurer of the CMRC Board – a position he has held for two years

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Secretary

Nola M-Randall

Nola Randall worked for TAFE NSW as an Outreach Coordinator and Teacher for 31 years. In that role she worked with a number of community organisations and ethnic management committees during the past 38 years.  Involved with the Migrant Resource Centre since 1997 and has held various positions on the Management and Executive including Secretary, Treasurer. Staff Relations, Deputy Chairperson and Chairperson.  Currently Secretary and also serves as public officer for MRC.  Committed to access and equity in a multicultural society with equity of access and justice for all.  Detests racism in any form.  Currently also involved in three other Ethnic specific organisations.  

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Board Member

Thevan Krishna

Born and educated in Durban, South Africa, Thevan gained tremendous international management experience representing a major international airline. In his 34 year career, he served in a number of senior and general management positions covering Africa, UK, Europe, Australia NZ and India. In September 1994 he obtained a scholarship from Pratt and Whitney to study at MIT in Boston. Thevan left the airline industry in 2012. In 2013 Thevan joined a new startup as a partner and in 2017 he was elected to join the Board of CMRC. In 2019 he was voted into the position of Chairperson.

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Board Member

Kim Roots

Kim Roots has a background in law and social advocacy and has demonstrated her passion for a just, equal and inclusive society.Kim’s work includes executing strategies to better engage with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to ensure all citizens have their rights, needs and interest met. She brings a wealth of experience in not for profit, commercial and government contexts.

representing a major international airline. In his 34 year career, he served in a number of senior and general management positions covering Africa, UK, Europe, Australia NZ and India. In September 1994 he obtained a scholarship from Pratt and Whitney to study at MIT in Boston. Thevan left the airline industry in 2012. In 2013 Thevan joined a new startup as a partner and in 2017 he was elected to join the Board of CMRC. In 2019 he was voted into the position of Chairperson.

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Board Member

Warren Schweitzer

Warren has been involved with the CMRC since 2009. In 2010 he joined the Board and has served in an Executive capacity for most of that time including Chairperson for 5 years. Warren has immersed himself in community/social justice work since retirement. Warren has significant experience in Boards and Management Committees in the private and public sectors. His professional experience spans 50 years, initially in Banking and Finance and later through his own Business Consulting business. He specialises in achieving results and assists organisations to build capability. His Personal Mission is helping people and organisations develop and grow so that they can reach their full potential.

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Board Member

Reena Jethi

Reena Jethi has been with CMRC for over 5 years. A teacher by background and an entrepreneur by profession, Reena was the first Indian-born councillor elected to The Hills Shire Council in 2017. In 2019, Reena was elected Deputy Mayor of The Hills Shire Council. She is also the recipient of NSW Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government.

A vocal supporter of small businesses, Reena is a strong advocate of women’s empowerment. She believes education is the key to independence and self-reliance. Public amenities and facilities such as parks and playgrounds for children are high on Reena’s priority list and she works tirelessly to address the needs of the community.

Apart from her public role, Reena is also the CEO of Kuber Vaults – a safe deposit box facility located in Castle Hill which provides secure storage for valuables such as jewellery and family heirlooms.

Reena is committed to her duties in both her roles as a councillor and a local business owner. Having taught at Westfield Sports High School, she understands the hopes and aspirations of today’s youth and their role in Australian society in years to come. Reena applies her experience in liaising and working with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to develop well-informed conventional solutions with empathy, strength, and a vision for success.

Reena Jethi believes in CMRC as a pivotal organisation to make a difference in the lives of migrants wanting to make Australia home. It is important for them to have a positive experience and opportunity to grow and succeed. Over time CMRC has established itself as a brand and Reena is dedicated to its vision and purpose.

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Board Member

Dr Renu Narchal

Dr Renu Narchal (PhD, MAPS) is a Registered Psychologist (Endorsed area of practice, Educational and Developmental Psychology) at the School of Psychology, Western Sydney University.  Her work focuses on cultural diversity and the health and wellbeing of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse ethnic groups. Renu’s community engaged research revolves around the impact of life events on development, more so from the migration and settlement perspectives like loneliness, general ethnic discrimination, psychological distress, help seeking, language barriers and job-seeking challenges to mention a few. She is currently conducting research in a much-neglected area in migrant settlement, language brokering, where in children and young people assist their parents and significant others in navigating the new cultural context post-migration. Her research revolves around the retrospective recall of their experiences as language brokers whilst interpreting and translating information for their parents and significant others during the course of migration and settlement in a new cultural context. Renu is the winner of the Western Sydney University’s Vice Chancellor’s Excellence award for University Engagement and Sustainability in 2014 and also the winner of the prestigious Zest award for Outstanding Partnership in a LGA with the CMRC for her very innovative community engaged project, Each one Assist One.

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