GEORGE LEKAKIS AO
George Lekakis AO was appointed Chairperson of the Board of the Victorian Interpreting & Translating Service in May 2015. He brings to the position over three decades of knowledge and experience in organisational governance, policy development, financial and program administration and a long standing experience of delivering complex community and health services.
George was the longest serving Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission from 2001 to 2011. He had key responsibilities in coordinating a whole of government approach to support the cultural diversity of the Victorian population. George managed the expansion of the Commission’s work to include the development and implementation of the Victorian Multicultural Act 2004, the Community Grants program, the Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Enhancement Fund, Celebrate Diversity Week, the Awards for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs, Interfaith Initiatives, the Refugee Communities Support Program and the Interpreting and Translation policy initiatives program in Victoria.
George has previously served as the Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria in a voluntary capacity and has also served on many government and community-based boards and committees of management and was a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. In 2010 George was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community through leadership roles in multicultural organisations and to the development and implementation of services to support those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Mr Lekakis has formal qualifications in social work and nursing.