Born, bred and educated in Newcastle Lulu’s interest in Multicultural Affairs stems from her parents’ migration to Australia in the late 1950s and the lack of services available to newly arrived migrants. The issues they encountered have helped influence the person she is today.
Lulu has been actively involved with the settlement of migrants and refugees into the Hunter and rural/regional areas of NSW for over 20 years, where she held the position of Assistant CEO with Northern Settlement Services Ltd (NSS) (formerly Migrant resource Centre of Newcastle and Hunter Region) from 1994 until December 2010 and Acting CEO during 2011.
Since January 2012 she has taken on the role of CEO of the organisation, administering projects and coordinating the activities of over 45 staff, across the Hunter, Central Coast and New England regions of NSW.
An advocate for marginalised groups and the promotion of access and equity and social justice, Lulu is constantly lobbying by actively participating in relevant forums and responding to government policy on refugee/humanitarian issues.
Lulu is also heavily involved with her own Greek Community serving as Secretary on the Board of Management of the Greek Community of Newcastle and has in the past served on a number of other local committees including the CRC Regional Advisory Committee, MRC Management Committee, Federation Grants Committee, Homecare, Enriching Newcastle’s Diversity Lord Mayoral Working Group and recently the Humanitarian Settlement Service Local Area Coordination Committee, TAFE NSW Hunter Institute Advisory Council, Police Multicultural Consultative Committee and as a NSW regional representative on the Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) executive.
In addition she is a highly experienced Migration Agent with a comprehensive knowledge of immigration law, able to investigate the various details applying to specific visa classes and Australian Citizenship, consider the issues surrounding protection visa applicants in the community and the appeal processes, and highly familiar with the professional and ethical matters affecting migration agents.