Our Interim CEO, Kwame Selormey

Kwame Selormey is a Community Services Leader who was born and raised in Ghana – West Africa.

He has lived in Australia for 25 years. His tertiary education and professional experience has covered the lifespan from early childhood studies through to children & family’s services, exposure to aged care services and community development.

He has over 20 years’ experience working in the NGO sector, in roles that have included designing and leading provision of services to children, youth, people with disabilities, people from diverse cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal communities, as well as to people with severe and persistent mental illness.

He has also led various services to respond to a range of reforms in Australia ranging from the implementation of Australia’s children’s services reforms to most recently the implementation of Australia’s Self Directed Services Agenda driven by the NDIS reforms.

In addition to having held various Executive roles in Australia, leading large diverse with large decentralised teams to implement positive social change, Kwame also volunteers some of his time to sit on the Board of Management for NGO’s in Australia and Developing countries influencing leadership that supports Human Rights.

Through his career, Kwame’s work has influenced various government decisions especially in relation to services for people who are marginalized by society.

Kwame’s philosophy of leadership is based on the belief that when individuals are empowered and given the opportunity to tell their story, resilience and healing is sparked. This spark, with the right supports cultivates responsibility, self direction and self organisation, which are the essence of leadership and which ultimately generate healthy communities.  

Our Governance

The Governing Board and staff of Melaleuca have a legal and moral responsibility to manage Melaleuca in the best interests of the community it serves. The Governing Board and staff demonstrate professional ethical behaviour at all times in their responsibilities to the organisation in their professional relationships with each other, and in their professional service to the community. Staff numbers at Melaleuca vary in relation to the centre’s program cycles. However, for the day-to-day program implementation, around 30 staff members are employed.

Governing Board

Melaleuca Refugee Centre has a community-based Governing Board (“The Board”)which appoints the CEO to manage the day-to-day operations of the organisation. The role of the Governing Board is to meet regularly to monitor the performance and management of the organisation. The Governing Board is elected from and by Associate Members of the organisation and is responsible for setting strategic directions. The Board meets on a monthly basis.

Members of the Governing Board 2016
Executive Members: Ordinary Members:
Chair  Ross Springolo  Colin McDonald
Deputy Chair
 Vacant  Libby Armitage
Treasurer  Paresh Raj Ghimire  Allison Stewart
Public Officer  Libby Armitage  James Smith
 Vacant  Emily Raso
     Catherine Curry