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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Eve Mayes
Eve is a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Education at Deakin University. She has ten years of experience as an English and English as an Additional Language teacher and head teacher in government secondary schools in NSW. Her PhD research explored, with students, teachers and community members, the challenges and possibilities of student voice for changing schooling. Before joining the Board of Trustees, she worked closely with the VicSRC on two research projects with students as co-researchers. Eve is currently leading the Australian Research Council-funded Discovery Early Career Fellowship (DECRA) project: Striking Voices: Australian school-aged climate justice activism (2022-2025). Eve is committed to critical, creative and participatory forms of research that are fuelled by and responsive to young people's concerns. She loves reading, going to the beach, playing with her daughter and watching live music.
Grace is a policy nerd who is passionate about amplifying student voice to transform big messy systems. Grace has experience leading policy development within Commonwealth and Victorian Government agencies, with a particular focus on mental health and education. She currently works for the Victorian Department of Health, focussed on reforming Victoria's mental health system. Grace also holds experience in the not-for-profit sector, she was previously Head of Policy and Advocacy at national mental health charity SANE Australia. In her spare time, Grace enjoys hiking, yoga and live music (not at the same time).