HACCI Board Member

Vicky Alexiou 

Vicky has 15 years of strategy, business development and operations experience in professional services, with a proven record of leadership and driving business outcomes.

Vicky began her career as a corporate Lawyer at Ashurst, after completing Law (Hons) and Arts degrees. She has spent ten years at KPMG, currently as Associate Director, Client Growth, and previously as Head of Markets for Victoria. Vicky loves team-building and working in cross-functional teams to drive growth and get results. She is an expert in building client relationships through developing and executing strategy.

Vicky is an authentic leader, natural collaborator and passionate advocate for workplace diversity. She is a strong mentor and supporter of women in business. Vicky is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a member of the Development Board of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Vicky’s many talents have made her an invaluable addition to the HACCI Board.

      HACCI Secretary

      John Kallitsas

      John was born in Melbourne to Greek migrant parents. In 1973 he returned to Greece with his parents to fulfill their dreams and spent his adolescent years in Athens where he completed his high school years.

      Upon deciding to return to Melbourne in 1984, he graduated with an Honour Degree in Arts majoring in Classical Studies from the University of Melbourne, after which he pursued a career in business and marketing.

      Between 1988 and 1999, John worked in the corporate sector building his career with solid foundations and expertise in vehicle fleet management, salary packaging and leasing with global companies such as Caltex, ABN AMRO (Lease Plan) and the BMW Group. This expertise was integral in his venture to form his own ‘The DPoA Group’.

      During this period, he furthered his education by obtaining a Master Degree in International Business from The University of Melbourne, and also completed the Asialink ‘Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Asia Leadership Program’.

      John’s generous entrepreneurial spirit and drive is infectious. The year 2019 marked 20 years leading his own business and being recognised with a Westpac’s 200 Businesses of Tomorrow Award.

          Vice-Chair

          Mary-Anne Gomatos

          Mary-Anne Gomatos is the Senior Executive Manager Customer and Stakeholder for the Power and Water Corporation leading the development and implementation of Power and Water’s customer strategy. Mary-Anne’s focus is on ensuring that her team effectively plans and implements robust programs, that include consumer marketing, research, public relations and social media.

          Mary-Anne has spent time in the United States  representing Tourism Northern Territory with Myriad Travel Marketing, she went on to hold executive account and contract negotiation roles for eight years, with Qantas Vacations, AAT Kings and Trafalgar Tours.

          Mary-Anne holds a Bachelor of Business.

          Mary-Anne’s family believes in giving back to the community and have been active members in the Greek Community of the Northern Territory – this belief holds firm with Mary-Anne.

              Secretary

              Kaliopi Hourdas

              Born and raised in Darwin, Kaliopi is a true local and so she understands the issues faced by people living and working in the remote tropics.

              Kaliopi graduated from Charles Darwin University in early 2009 and was admitted into practice in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory later that year.  Kaliopi joined Ward Keller in July of 2013 after working with another local firm for five years.

              Kaliopi is passionate about practising law and takes pride in all aspects of her work, especially achieving practical, commercial outcomes for clients. She establishes good working relationships, and this gives clients the confidence that they’re getting the best possible legal representation.

              While Kaliopi’s primary area of practice is workers’ compensation, she can also assist clients in industrial relations, personal injury, debt recovery and commercial law.

              Outside of legal practice, Kaliopi enjoys travelling and has spent a lot of time in Europe and the US.  “I enjoy learning about different cultures and tasting new kinds of food,” she said.

              Her qualifications and memberships are extensive including, Bachelor of Laws, Charles Darwin University, Bachelor of Arts (major in psychology), Charles Darwin University, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University, Admitted to practise in the Northern Territory, 2009.  Kaliopi is a Member of the NT Law Society, Practitioner on the Northern Territory Pro Bono Clearing House Register and Member of the Pro Bono Panel for the Northern Territory Pro Bono Clearing House.

                Board Member

                Tony Halikos

                Born and raised in Darwin in 1982, Tony Halikos is a proud Greek Australian who resides with his family in the Northern Territory.

                Tony holds a Bachelor of Business & Commerce from the Northern Territory University (Charles Darwin University).

                Tony has worked, managed and established himself in the Construction, Manufacturing, Retail and Hospitality Industry’s of the Northern Territory since the year 2000.

                While maintaining his GM’s (General Managers) role of NT Fasteners  -(Construction/Retail) and Steeline GRP – (Manufacturing) since 2004, Tony evolved into the Hospitality Industry in 2014 undertaking the GM’s position of Crab Claw Island Resort (Bynoe Harbour) and furthering his responsibilities in 2015 as the Vice President of HHOTELS-Greece which boasts a portfolio of 150+ rooms/studios & suites across 8 properties in the Mediterranean.

                Tony’s experience and motivation is specifically in the fields of Business Development, Strategic Management and Marketing Management.

                Tony is currently a member of the Manufacturers Council (Chamber of Commerce) of the Northern Territory and has served a variety of boards, committees and sporting organizations since 2001.

                  Board Member

                  Magdaline Coleman

                  Magdaline is the newest member of the HACCI-NT board and has impressed with her efficiency in the implementation of a Territory specific manifesto and creative plan.  This is no surprise given that she has more than 15 years’ experience in the marketing and printing industry.  In case you are wondering about her Hellenic origins, look no further than her maiden name, which is Papandonakis.

                  Magdaline is CEO of Colemans Printing, a 65-year-old family owned Printing Company which has innovated and diversified into signage, billboards and creative services over the past five years.  She is one of the few private directors within The Clemenger BBDO Group, which is Australasia’s largest, most successful marketing communications company through Colemans’ joint venture, Marketforce North.

                  She has previously held roles in corporate governance and human resource management in listed public information technology and communications companies.  Magdaline has also been a member of the Ministerial Liaison Committee for Information Technology and Communications in the NT.

                  Away from work, Magdaline contributes to her local community as a founding Board Member of the Starlight Children’s Foundations Star Ball Darwin NT.  In 2018, she commenced a community development role as a qualified sports trainer for the St Mary’s Football Club.

                  Magdaline is modest in all her achievements and fits extremely well in to the HACCI-NT team, which stems from her leadership experience as a NT Netball and NT Institute of Sport Netball Captain.

                  Magdaline holds post graduate qualifications in Human Resource Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

                    Board Member

                    Manny Koulakis

                    Manny has more than 25 years’ experience in the Public Sector working mainly in Emergency Services as a Firefighter where he still serves.  He was seconded for two years as an advisor to the Chief Ministers Office within the Northern Territory Government within the portfolio of business.  His skills and knowledge regarding the interaction between the private sector and Government were highly regarded.

                    Manny holds a Bachelor of Business and has served on a variety of boards and committees.

                    He was born in 1972 at the old Darwin Hospital and the main things that he learnt growing up in The Territory was the importance of a good work ethic and being community minded.

                    Manny and his wife proudly boast six children, five grandchildren – three of whom are indigenous – and another on the way.

                    He is proud of his Greek heritage and culture and a proud Territorian.

                        Treasurer

                        Michael Kalidonis

                        As with most members of the foundation committee for HACCI NT; Michael is a born and bred Territorian.  His mother family parents migrated to Australia in the early fifties and his father’s family in the late sixties.  Kalidonis family roots in Darwin are well established with a very large extended family most of whom have never left and raised families here of their own.

                        Michael is a qualified Accountant and studied at Northern Territory University the forerunner of the current Charles Darwin University (CDU).  Practicing at first (Deloitte) and second tier (BDO) professional services firms before moving to Melbourne in the early 2000’s to work in boutique accounting practices servicing high wealth clients and medical practices.

                        Moving on to corporate advisory and specialist tax planning / assignments, Michael was presented with an opportunity to undertake corporate restructure and recapitalisation of a Funds Management business that had more than $30M under management and approximately 550 investors. Working together with ASIC Michael managed to rescue the funds and became the Responsible Manager on the AFSL (Australian Financial Services License).

                        Shortly after Michael family relocated to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where Michaels wife accepted an academic position at the HCMC campus of RMIT. This was a difficult, exciting and exhausting year for the family as Michael established contacts with other expat Australian’s and studied the Vietnamese way of doing business and possibilities for future opportunities.

                        Family has seen Michael return to Darwin and the Territorian way of life and Michael is pleased to say “my wife and son have fallen in love with our new home as well. I intend to make my mark in Darwin and if we can create a legacy for our children and future generations then I believe our time here has been well spent.”

                          Chair

                          Angela Tomazos

                          Born and raised in Darwin , Angela’s parents arrived here from Greece in the 1960’s.  Angela has worked in banking and finance for over 28 years.  With her entire career in Darwin, Angela was the first female local leader for NAB in Northern Territory challenging the norm and encouraging career pathways in regional locations.

                          Currently the Managing Partner for NAB Regional & Agribusiness for the Northern Territory, Angela is passionate about enabling and empowering the entrepreneurial spirit in her home town.

                          Angela’s experience is specifically in the fields of Leadership in Business and Specialised Banking including Development and Delivery of Strategy, Enhancing Market Presence, Risk Management and People Leadership and Direction.

                          Angela is currently Director of Policy and Vice President of the Australian Federation Business & Professional Women (BPW).

                          Angela’s active participation and dedication to women’s economic empowerment led to a new opportunity in 2018 to join Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) Executive Management team and was appointed joint Chief Operating Officer.  CBW is an accredited organisation with the Commonwealth Secretariat focused on women’s leadership and economic empowerment with representatives across 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

                          Most recently Angela was personally awarded the 2019 Telstra Northern Territory Businesswomen’s Medium & Large Business Award Winner.

                          Angela’s previous community roles include invited Board Member with Casuarina Senior College and sub-committee member for Greek Orthodox Community Greek School for 5 years.

                            HACCI Board Member

                            Alex Christou

                            Alex Is Managing Director to Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global in Australia and New Zealand.

                            A strategic and entrepreneurial leader with more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and partnerships. Alex has spent time on assignments abroad with some of the world’s leading brands including IBM (Shanghai), General Motors (Dubai), BP (London), Warner Music (London), MTV (New York) and Inditex (A Coruña, Spain).

                            As the Director, Corporate Relations and Partnerships at the Melbourne Business School he was primarily focused on strengthening ties between the school and business leaders. He launched the very successful Dean’s Leaders Forum internationally and led the Annual Melbourne Women and Management dinner to encourage more women to study through scholarships. Alex also introduced a Hellenic scholarship to support students from Greece to study an MBA in Australia.

                            Previous roles have included a, Marketing, Communications and Events also at Melbourne Business School and Marketing Director at the Mt Eliza Business School with a focus on Executive Education. He has led an award-winning marketing team which was recognised by the Australian Marketing Institute for excellence within higher education.

                            An active member of Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA) he has often presented on both the direct marketing and e-marketing courses by ADMA. Alex also sits on the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia – Women in Leadership Committee and has also served as a committee member for the International University Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON) – an organisation of leading business schools from around the world with a commitment to management education and development.

                            Alex is a graduate of the Masters in Marketing program (Monash University).