Clement Meru hails from the Republic of South Sudan and arrived in Australia in 2003 under the Humanitarian programme. He worked for CORE Community Services (formerly Cabramatta Community Centre) since 2004 and served in various positions in the organisation for 12 years, supporting newly arrived refugee and migrant communities settle in Western Sydney. He was involved in the design and establishment of the NSW Settlement Partnership, a consortium of community organisations with Settlement Services International as the lead agency delivering settlement services in agreed areas of NSW.
For the past 2 years,Clement has held the position of Community Services and Engagement Manager at SydWest Multicultural Services, managing a multi-disciplinary Division across a large portfolio,including settlement services,women,families,youth and Disability Employment Services.
Clement currently serves on a number of local forums and government advisory committees in New South Wales : he is convenor for the Blacktown Local Government Area Multicultural Interagency(BMI) and currently serves on the NSW Police Multicultural Advisory Council(PMAC), Blacktown City Council’s Multicultural Advisory Committee and the Joint Partnership Working Group for Refugee Settlement in NSW.
Clement has over 13 years’ experience in governance ranging from small and medium sized, incorporated organisations to peak bodies, including Settlement Service International,Settlement Council of Australia
Clement has qualifications in welfare and community sector management.