Our CEO - Stella Avramopoulos
Stella Avramopoulos has been the CEO of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand since February 2018. As the leader of this community services organisation, she is committed to disrupting cycles of disadvantage that hinder the wellbeing of women and families. Since starting in her role, she has overseen the merger of Good Shepherd ANZ and Good Shepherd Microfinance, to create one full-service organisation recognising the interconnected nature of financial insecurity and the wellbeing and safety of women and families.
Prior to taking her appointment at Good Shepherd Stella was CEO of Kildonan UnitingCare for 9 years between 2008 and 2017. There she led the organisation through a period of significant growth and innovation. Stella understands community organisations, having worked through all levels of the sector, and feels passionate about ensuring women and children feel safe, strong and connected. Her experience spans from working in correctional services at the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety to being a case manager for youth and family service and working in local government youth services. Her range of experience provides her with perspective, and she is dedicated to being connected to the communities she serves.
Stella is an influential leader in the community and government sectors. She has been a consultant for Consumer Affairs Victoria as the resident sponsor at the Berkeley Retirement facility in 2017. She has held advisory positions on the Office of Living Victoria’s Environment and Community Taskforce, the Ministerial Advisory Group Addressing Violence Against Women and Children, the Victorian Government’s Community Sector Reform Council and Australian Banking Association Customer Forum. Stella was the President of the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) with her term ending May 2021. She currently sits on the National Centre for Social Impact Studies Advisory Board.