Our Committee Members

David Keegan Chariperson

David Keegan Chairperson

David is a Social Worker with over 20 years of practice in complex casework with children, youth and families from diverse backgrounds. David is currently the CEO of HOST International, an organisation that seeks to make life better for refugees throughout the Asia Pacific Region. David formerly led the resettlement and asylum seeker support programs throughout NSW for Settlement Services International (SSI) and has participated in local and international forums exploring creative solutions to displacement. More recently David has completed a Masters Degree in Community Sector Management, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has qualified as an Executive Coach with a strong commitment to developing upcoming leaders in our sector.

Eloise Le Compt  Secretary

Eloise Le Compte

Eloise brings a wealth of expertise in delivering nutrition programs to children and adults from a refugee background. Eloise has always had a passion for social justice and human rights issues, as well as a strong interest in learning about other cultures; this passion was fostered during her teenage years and further developed as an adult. She brings with her refugee specific nutrition knowledge and experience. Eloise graduated with a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of Sydney.

Hilary Ann McFarlane

Lidija Sestakova, Public Officer

Lidija Sestakova
Public Officer

Lidija is a health promotion specialist who been working in the health sector for over 20 years. She coordinates the Community Education Program at the NSW Refugee Health Service where she is responsible for managing a large team of Bilingual Community Educators. Her responsibilities include the ongoing development of health promotion and health education programs in response to the needs of the refugees.
Lidija also has extensive experience in the management of community based organisations. She has been involved in the management of the Macedonian Australian Welfare Association in Sydney (MAWA) for many years, including as President for three years. Lidija has a Degree in Economics, majoring in Marketing and Promotion.

Cathy Noble Ordinary Member

Cathy Noble
Ordinary Member

Cathy Noble is Director Commissioning and Planning, South Western Sydney District, for the Department of Family and Community Services. Cathy’s team leads the funding and contracting functions for FACS in the District, across a range of programs from prevention and early intervention through to specialist homelessness services, domestic and family violence services and Permanency Support programs.

Cathy has over 30 years’ experience in human services, both government and non-government, and for much of her career has worked in South Western Sydney. During her employment in the then SWS Area Heath Service, as Area Multicultural Health Coordinator Cathy was privileged to be able to assist in establishment of the NSW Refugee Health Service. Social Work trained, Cathy also has a Masters in Policy Studies.

Cristina Pebaque Ordinary Member

Cristina Pebaque
Ordinary Member

Cristina currently manages the South West Sydney Family Referral Service in Uniting Burnside where she has been employed for more than 10 years. Cristina’s community sector involvement spans over 30 years, including a variety of policy, research, and management roles, with particular interest in migrant and refugee settlement, housing, and social justice issues. She has served on a variety of voluntary positions including ACOSS Board and the Welfare Rights Centre. Cristina holds a Social Sciences Degree from UTS and MA Policy Studies from UNSW.

Joan Silk Ordinary Member

Joan Silk
Ordinary Member

Joan Silk has worked in South West Sydney for over 20 years as a community health promotion worker. She has been employed in South Western Sydney Local Health District youth health, drug health and sexual health services. She is currently employed as a research officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE). She has a personal and professional interest in, and commitment to, health equity and social justice in all its aspects. She has worked as a teacher and community worker and has a Diploma of Education and an Honours degree in Economic History. She is an active trade union member. She loves her family and friends, trees, music, gardens, dancing, dogs, cats, books, travel and the many inspirational people that she has worked with over the years.