Media Release

inTouch has appointed Ms Miriam Silva as the new Chair of the Board of Directors.

“I am excited to be joining such a valuable organisation that does great work in providing assistance to the community. I look forward to working with the team to further strengthen inTouch’s role as a leading support service and voice for migrant and refugee communities who are experiencing family violence,” said Miriam.

Miriam has more than 20 years’ experience managing large and geographically diverse teams, across multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, banking and agribusiness. Her influence extends across business, Government, media, Muslim and broader Australian communities.

Miriam is delighted to take on the new role, which will be added to her extensive experience working with Boards and Committees. These include: Chair of the Premier’s Council for Women (South Australia); Director at the Islamic Museum of Australia; and Board member of the national Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Miriam is also the Patron for the International Women’s Day Committee (South Australia) and in 2012, was named as one of Australia’s inaugural 100 Women of Influence in the Westpac and Australian Financial Review Awards.

inTouch CEO, Ms Michal Morris, welcomed Miriam and said her experience would help build on the former Chair’s legacy.

“Miriam brings a wealth of knowledge to the position. Her experience working with communities and the corporate sector will help take inTouch to a whole new level and lead us into our next 35 years of success,” said Michal.

Former Chair Ms Faye Spiteri has stepped down from the role following a successful 10 years in the key leadership position. Under Faye’s stewardship, inTouch experienced a significant period of growth with the organisation increasing from a handful of employees to over 45 bilingual and bicultural staff. Her vision drove inTouch to expand services to include a community legal centre—the only one of its kind in Australia, a training team to build cultural responsiveness in the sector and the inSpire initiative—a fund to help women rebuild their lives after moving on from family violence.

“It has been a great honour to serve inTouch for so many years. I am proud to have played a part in having this incredible organisation recognised as the go-to specialist family violence service, a policy influencer and advocacy agency,” said Faye.

The CEO of inTouch thanked Faye for her contribution and the impact she has made to the organisation.

“I am so grateful for Faye’s exceptional leadership, passion and guidance. Her skills have been invaluable and have played a critical part in where inTouch is today – in a position to effect long-lasting social change in Australia,” said Michal.


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