Board of Directors

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Nikolas Theofilos Hatzistergos - President

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.

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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

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John Comino - Vice 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.

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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.

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Greg Gav

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.

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John Kikilas

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.

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Maria Sallos

Maria is 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.

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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.

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Christine Kanellakis

Christine is currently the Executive General Manager Strategy and Business Development, Government at Broadspectrum.   Christine has over 15 years’ leadership experience across strategy, business development, corporate, stakeholder engagement, commercial and legal functions in the engineering, infrastructure, services and construction industries.  A former commercial litigator, she has led significant projects and change programs, restructures and acquisitions, within business and across industry. 

Christine has made a serious contribution to the community, arts and non-profit sectors both in and outside the Greek community in Australia.  She co-produced the first Greek- Australian opera “The Master Builder” by Manolis Kalomiris at NIDA and undertook a significant research project on the property rights of Greek Cypriots under International Law.

She is passionate about the arts, culture and social justice issues.

Christine was elected to the Board in November 2017.

COVID - 19 (Coronavirus)

13 Mar 2020

Like all of us, we are closely monitoring new developments regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). The health and safety of our customers and employees is of the greatest importance. We have decided to raise our usual high standards of

cleanliness and health safety even higher. We want to take this opportunity to let you know of the policies and procedures which are in place surrounding COVID-19.


What are we doing?

We have implemented several new policies and procedures following the guidance and recommendations of the NSW Ministry of Health. We are in constant communication with our employees to reinforce our increased sanitization and safety procedures in both customer facing and back-of-house areas.

•     All employees are instructed each day on correct hand sanitizing procedures.

•     Employees are instructed to wash hands regularly including before and after breaks.

•     Hand sanitizers are located throughout public and back of house locations. Sanitizers are refilled and checked regularly.

•     We have increased frequency and extent of our cleaning practices such as additional wipe downs of all hard surfaces and touch points including the kitchen, bathrooms, bar and dining tables.

•     We discourage all personal contact including shaking hands.

•     All employees have been advised to not attend work with a fever or respiratory illness that can be transmitted to others.


We want to ensure that you remain confident in us during these challenging circumstances and to know that your health and safety is our priority. We thank you for your patronage and loyalty.


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at or (02) 9264 5792.

Traditional Pascha Feast at Alpha Restaurant

28 Apr 2019


The Hellenic Club, is pleased to invite you to join us for the traditional Pascha feast at Alpha Restaurant after Easter Saturday Anastasi Church Service on 28 April 2019 from 12:30am - 3:00am.


You will savour a selection of traditional Easter dishes assembled by our celebrated executive Chef Peter Conistis’, the Godfather of Greek Food in Australia. The net proceeds from the feast will be donated to the St Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church (and Reverend Nektarios Zorbalas) for their community kitchen which provides nutritious meals in a safe and caring environment to those most in need.


Please see the full menu which is attached.


We want to thank you for your support, and we look forward to celebrating with you at the Feast. A booking form is attached for your convenience. Alternatively you may book through the Eventbrite link on our website –


Please contact the Alpha Restaurant team on (02) 9098 1111 or email,  if you have any questions.”




Hellenic Club to Host Greek Presidential Guard to Commemorate ANZAC Day

23 Apr 2018

Released by special permission of the President of Greece, 12 Evzones will pay tribute to the ANZACS and reflect on their nation's involvement in the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign.

The general public are invited to pay their respects and witness the Evzones at the following events:

  • •    Dawn service at Bondi Beach at 6:00am on Wednesday 25 April
  • •    Dawn service at Campsie RSL at 6:15am on Wednesday 25 April
  • •    Anzac Day march in the Sydney CBD at 12:00pm on Wednesday 25 April 
  • •    Guard of Honour at Martin Place Cenotaph at 12:00pm on Friday 27 April and 1:00pm on Saturday 28 April 
  • •    Anzac Day march from North Bondi RSL to Bondi Pavilion at 2:00pm on Sunday 29 April


The Hellenic Club will also host the ANZACS of Greece invite-only annual luncheon at its spectacular CBD event space, Beta Bar and Gallery Sydney on Tuesday 24 April.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Greek Australians to honour the ANZACS and for all Australians to discover more on the historical significance of the ANZACS in Greece,” Arthur Balayannis, CEO of the Hellenic Club said.

“The Evzones have made a tremendous impact with their participation in ANZAC Day events around Sydney over the last two years, and we look forward to hosting them in Sydney for the third consecutive year.” 

The visit comes under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney, and is proudly supported by the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and The Greek Campaign, the Australasian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), and other benefactors.

Please click on this link to see the Public Program of their visit.


27 Mar 2018

Join us for an exclusive dinner on Tuesday March 27, as we take you to Crete for the night. Cretan cuisine is renowned for its unique ingredients grown or produced on the island, including dittany herb and anthotyro cheese, and dishes such as dakos and xerotigana fried pastries. Guests will enjoy a delicious four-course meal created by Executive Chef Peter Conistis, with matching wines for $110 per person.

Split pea fava, grilled octopus, zucchini savoro
Dakos, roast tomato paste, anthotyro, sun dried olives 
Kremmidokalistounes, caramelised onion pie Hania style
Malotira iced tea cocktail

Poached snapper, wild greens, black eye pea broth, dittany parsley skordalia 
2015 Lyrakakis Estate Dafani, Crete Greece

Baked lamb in yoghurt, merabeliotika, layered autumn vegetables, sheep's milk feta, tomato
2014 Lyrarakis Estate Kotsifali, Crete Greece

Xerotigana, fried pastries, spiced syrup, sesame 
Patouda, cheese pie, raki, caramelised apple Cretan olive oil ice cream 
Kretaraki Rakomelo, Crete Greece

To book, either email or phone 02 9098 8111 and mention the Cretan Dinner.  

Traditional Pascha Feast at Alpha Restaurant

08 Apr 2018

The Hellenic Club is pleased to invite you to join us for the traditional Pascha feast at Alpha Restaurant after Easter Saturday Anastasi Church Service on 8 April from 12:30am - 3:00am. 


You will savour a selection of traditional Easter dishes assembled by our celebrated executive Chef Peter Coinistis, the Godfather of Greek Food in Australia. The net proceeds from the feast will be donated to the St Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church (and Reverend Nektarios Zorbalas) for their community kitchen which provides nutritious meals in a  safe and caring environment to those most in need. 


Please see the full menu which is attached. 


We want to thank you for your support and we look forward to celebrating with you at the Feast. 


Please contact the Alpha Restaurant team on (02) 9098 1111 or email to make a reservation or if you have any questions. 


Professor Nicos C. Alivizatos to speak at Beta Bar

13 Jun 2017

Professor Alivizatos will speak on “Authoritarian Democracy – Populism, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe. Recent Developments from a Greek Perspective”. The NSW Patron of HAL, The Honourable Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia, will also speak.

The event will be held at the Beta Gallery, Level 1, 238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, on 27 June 2017 at 6.30pm.

RSVP by 13 June 2017 to Sophie Balayannis by email: or on 0418 352 637.

The Hellenic Club brings the Greek Presidential Guard to Sydney

25 Aug 2017

Nine Evzones – the soldiers of the Greek Presidential Guard – will visit Sydney to commemorate Anzac Day.

Released by special permission of the President of Greece, the Evzones will visit Adelaide and Sydney to take part in the official ANZAC Day ceremonies, celebrating the role of the soldiers of Greece and Crete, often known as the ‘forgotten ANZACs.

The Evzones will join the Allied Forces for Sydney's Anzac Day March, and form a Guard of Honour at the Martin Place Cenotaph from 1-2pm on April 28 and 29.

The Evzones’ arrival in Sydney on April 24 will follow a historic four-day visit to Adelaide, organised by the Foundation for Hellenic Studies and supported by the South Australian Government. Official events in Adelaide will include a march to the city’s War Memorial and a pre-game flag-raising ceremony at Adelaide Oval for the AFL Anzac Day round between Port Adelaide and Carlton.

The defense of Greece by the ANZACs and other Commonwealth forces is recognised by historians as one of the major contributions to the Second World War, significantly delaying the Nazis’ invasion of Russia.

For the final programme of the Evzones' visit to Sydney, see below.

The Hellenic Club honours Greek-Australian NRL greats

24 Mar 2017

Hosted at the Club's newly-established Beta Bar & Gallery, above the acclaimed Alpha Restaurant, the Club celebrated the achievements of NRL leaders Nick Politis AM, Chairman of the Sydney Roosters, Dr George Peponis OAM, former Australian captain and Chairman of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, and Nick Pappas AM, Chairman of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Respected former player and NRL identity, Phil Gould AM chatted with the guests of honour about their successes in the NRL, while guests dined on a menu prepared by Alpha’s renowned Executive Chef, Peter Conistis, and a selection of Greek wines.

Net proceeds from all ticket sales were donated to The Hellenic Initiative, a global not-for-profit organisation that works to assist Greece through crisis relief, entrepeneurship and economic development.

To view the video honouring the guests, click here.

The Hellenic Club hosts Presidential Guards

19 Apr 2017

The Hellenic Club Sydney is honoured once again to announce the impending visit of the elite Presidential Guard of Greece. The contingency of nine Evzones and two officers has been released by special permission of the President of Greece, and will visit the city of Adelaide from 19th April to 23rd April and Sydney from 23rd April to 3rd May. The Evzones will take part in official ANZAC Day ceremonies, commemorate the history of the ANZACs, and their involvement in the Battle of Crete and Greek Campaign, when Australian and Greek soldiers fought side by side for our shared values of freedom and democracy.

Traditional Pascha Feast at Alpha

16 Apr 2017

Join us for a traditional Greek Pascha Feast at Alpha Restaurant, with proceeds to be donated to the soup kitchen at the Greek Orthodox Parish of Saints Constantine and Helen.

Sunday April 16, 12:30am-3am (after Easter Saturday Anastasi Church Service).

Tickets are $100 per person, $60 for pensioners and children under 15, free for kids under 5.

Book via or call (02) 9098 1111.