Our Board

In 2020 VicSRC incorporated as a charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. The Board of Trustees were formed to provide oversight, risk management and advice to the Student Executive Advisory Committee. The adults who make up the board represent the experience needed to assist and support the Student Executive Advisory Committee in making strategic organisational decisions.

VicSRC board chair Howard

Howard Choo

Interim Chair

Howard is an experienced leader with a focus on policy reform, advocacy and social change, and a background in strategy, governance and law. He is passionate about education and the rights of children and young people, and currently leads policy development and advocacy across Australia at leading child rights organisation Save the Children. He previously held senior roles in the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training and Department of Premier and Cabinet. Howard is kept busy by three young children and is always trying to fit more writing, art and running into his life.

Edison Ponari


Edison is a former VicSRC Student Executive Member and co-creator of the Teach the Teacher professional development program. He is a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor Graduate from the University of Melbourne and currently works as a graduate lawyer at Australian law firm, Lander & Rogers. During his time at university, Edison served on the Melbourne Law School Law Students' Society and founded a student association that focuses on providing career and learning opportunities for students with an interest in sports law. His hobbies include playing soccer, reading and beekeeping.

VicSRC board member Edison
VicSRC board member Chloe

Chloe Papas


Chloe is a campaigner, writer and communications expert. She currently works on family violence primary prevention at Respect Victoria, and is passionate about gender equality and social change. Previously, she worked in the child and family services sector, supporting young people to tackle power imbalances and advocate for their rights. She loves working alongside young people and is excited to be involved with VicSRC. Chloe has two large spoilt greyhounds, and spends far too much time trying to find new shows to watch on Netflix.

Natalie Garcia de Heer


Natalie works for the Victorian Department of Education in policy reform, focussed on improving engagement, wellbeing and achievement, particularly for secondary school students. Natalie is passionate about making the perspectives of young people front and centre in policy and decision making, particularly with respect to education. Before joining government Natalie was a management consultant, and before that co-created her school’s SRC as a humanities teacher. Natalie led her own schools SRC during high-school and was actively involved in youth development and advocacy during university.

VicSRC board member Natalie

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