Our board

In 2020 VicSRC incorporated as a charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. The Board of Trustees was 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


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
VicSRC board member Tom

Tom Frick

Tom is a consultant at Deloitte where he provides financial advisory and policy advice services for private and government organisations, and is focused on making a positive impact on society. He is passionate about youth education and advocacy, and has previously taught in the university sector and worked extensively with high school students. He is excited by the opportunity to work with Victorian students and have an impact on their educational journey through VicSRC. Outside of work, Tom enjoys playing and watching sports. He plays tennis at a competitive level and is qualified table tennis coach.

Giselle Pinto

Giselle is Programs and Content Director at Philanthropy Australia, the peak body for philanthropy (or put more simply, giving). She has significant communications, events, fundraising, marketing and project management experience and is passionate about driving positive change – both big and small. Giselle believes students need be front and centre of education design and should have more of a say in what they need and want. She's excited to support this through her involvement with VicSRC. When she's not working, Giselle enjoys knitting, sewing, dancing, yoga, weightlifting, learning Portuguese and winning bets with her husband to secure the right to adopt a new puppy.

VicSRC board member Giselle

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