Board of Directors
John Comino - President
John is the longest serving board member of the current board having served as both President, Vice President and Treasurer. John was Mayor of Woollahra Council (the first Greek in this position) and a very experienced lawyer who specializes in property law through his own practice (Comino Prassas Solicitors).
John’s expertise in property law and contacts in local government have assisted with the several development applications submitted with Council and all legal issues.
Bill Kritharas - Vice President
Bill is a Partner with Sparke Helmore Lawyers, a national law firm. Bill is a litigator and has been practising law for over 15 years with a focus in workplace, health & safety and construction law. Bill's clients include both private sector, particularly in the construction, agriculture and transport industries and public sector clients across Commonwealth, State and Local Governments.
Bill is also a former Deputy Mayor of Canterbury City Council, having served on the Council for almost 9 years. He was first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and was instrumental in setting up the Canterbury Legal Centre to provide legal aid services. Bill also set up the Arts Committee, the Sports Committee and Mental Health Awareness Week and was instrumental in setting up the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel to improve the development application process.
Bill is also the Chair of the Sydney Multicultural Arts Centre based at Belmore Sports Ground and continues to work closely with the local community.
Bill has also served a number of organisations in the Hellenic Community, including as the Australian youth coordinator of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad from 2001 to 2003.
Bill was elected to the Board in December 2013
Graham Athanaseris - Vice President
Graham is the founder and managing director of the Polyseal Group and has overseen its continued success for more than a quarter of a century.
Polyseal Group has evolved to become a dependable and preferred contractor to an ever increasing list of Australia’s top tier construction companies with particular focus on coatings and applications, building services and remedial projects.
Polyseal Group’s national footprint and premium quality offering has facilitated considerable depth of experience across property development industry sectors, including residential, retail, industrial, marine and civil.
Since establishing the Polyseal Group in 1989, its total employee base has grown to more than 100 across its businesses, Australia-wide.
Graham is very active in the community, particularly his work in Greek-Australian organisations, football and the sport’s well-known Sydney Olympic Football Club (SOFC).
Serving for more than a decade in roles at SOFC, including president and vice-president, Graham has been actively involved in plans to transform the club into a dynamic sporting enterprise focused on talent development as well as community relations and engagement.
As a director of the Greek community’s iconic Hellenic Club in Sydney’s CBD since 2010, Graham has harnessed his building industry experience to assist with the maintenance of the venue’s key assets. He has also made valuable contribution in roles within various other Greek-Australian organisations.
Graham prides himself on a family-orientated approach which extends to both business and his community work, where he enjoys numerous longstanding friendships.
George Katsaros - Treasurer
George has served as President of the Club from 1999 - 2002. George currently holds the position of Treasurer on the current Board. He is presently employed as an Accountant with Kamper & Associates and brings to the Club not only his dedication and experience as a previous President and Director but can provide sound accounting and financial advice as well.
John Kikilas has a background in insurance and the financial sector. He is a Senior Account Manager with Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers, the world’s fourth largest risk and insurance broker advisors.
John has been a Past President of the Kalavryton Society (NSW) Aghia Lavra Inc and also a Past President of Campsie Rotary Club.
John has committed to assisting in all areas of his experience in the membership drive, Business Networking and develop use of Club facilities for business, professional, cultural and social purposes as well as the establishment of a cultural and youth sub-committee to develop programmes for Greek language and dance.
Greg is a businessman and owner of a number of buildings in the CBD. The Greg has built many residential and commercial projects for development in City and also the surrounding suburbs. Greg's experience in property development and contacts have helped with the rental, financing and all property issues. Greg has also generously donated his time and the services of his staff for project management of the Castlereagh Street building.
Nikolas Theofilos Hatzistergos
Nikolas is the Managing Director of William Buck, Chartered Accountants in NSW and is the Chairman of William Buck International Limited.
He is also Chairman of Mazars Australia; a Director and Chairman of the Board Audit Committee for Bank of Sydney; A Director of St Basils Homes, and a Member of the Governing Council of Paxity (AISBL), the 8th largest international accounting association.
He is also a Director and Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee for South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club Limited (the Rabbitohs).
Nikolas also frequently presents papers on accounting and business management issues for a number of professional bodies, and has authored a number of papers that have been published both in Australia and overseas. He is also regularly interviewed by the press for his insights on accounting and business related issues.
Nikolas was elected to the Board on 16th November, 2014.
Nicholas George Pappas AM
Nicholas joined the Board in 2014. He is a practising solicitor of 30 years standing with an emphasis on commercial litigation. He serves on a number of public and private boards in a variety of contexts. Among these, he is Chairman of the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Bank of Sydney Limited, and Secretary and Trustee of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Consolidated Trust. He served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Powerhouse Museum between 2003-2010.
In addition to his legal qualifications, Nicholas holds a PhD in Economic History from the University of Sydney.
He was appointed a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013.
Maria is the only woman on the Board and a former president of the Hellenic Lyceum. Maria has represented the Hellenic Lyceum Sydney both here and in Greece and brings a significant degree of knowledge, skills and contacts with members and community at large. Maria is also one the Vice Presidents of the Red Cross - Red Ribbon Committee and an executive member of the Ladies Auxiliary Committee of the St George Greek Orthodox Church of Rose Bau. Maria is a very valuable member of the board.