Chief Executive Officer
Nina joined VicSRC in 2016 after a diverse career as a professional musician, educator and facilitator. She is an educational leader, passionate about building community partnerships to serve the interests and uplift the voices of Victorian students. She is proud to have led VicSRC through incorporation, pioneering a unique governance structure. She also worked with students, staff and stakeholders to design the strategic plan through 2024.
Nina's enthusiasm for her work and student voice is infectious. She is tireless in encouraging staff and students to build the skills and confidence to express their opinions and create change in the education system. Her three children are enrolled in Victorian government schools. She is also an encyclopedia of true crime facts and has watched every season of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Student Engagement Manager
Benita joined VicSRC in early 2018 following seven years working in youth engagement which she has recently decided to supplement by studying public health. She spends most of her time supporting VicSRC's Student Executive Advisory Committee and students in the Ambassadors program to advocate on behalf of Victorian students. She grew up in regional New South Wales and still regularly borrows books from the library there.
Programs and Events Manager
Hayley joined VicSRC in late 2018 with a background in youth engagement that has seen her travel all over the world, taking young people abroad to experience new countries and cultures. She works with schools all over Victoria to support student voice and works alongside students to plan VicSRC's awesome student voice events. Hayley's special talents include handstands, cartwheels and an impressive knowledge of international gymnastics.
Ian joined VicSRC in 2013 after an exciting life travelling the world and getting up to mischief. Now he ensures VicSRC is financially stable and remains that way. Apart from maths and spreadsheets Ian's other loves are going to live gigs, Leeds United Football Club and the British punk folk band New Model Army.
Nell joined VicSRC in early 2018 after a convoluted career path through working in schools, advocacy and educational publishing. They now spend all day thinking about VicSRC communications, talking to students about communications and writing communications. They live with a small cat named Mickey, who is named after a Russian ice hockey player and spends most of her time hiding under the bed.
Operations and Digital Coordinator
David joined VicSRC as a staff member in early 2018 after a year of serving as a member of VicSRC Student Executive Advisory Committee. Now he basically runs the VicSRC office and serves as all-around tech whiz while studying part time. David is deeply interested in the impact of technology on the planet, as well as how it shapes society. Unsurprisingly he likes to read and watch sci-fi and fantasy in his downtime.
Keisha is our bright and bubbly Program Officer who joined VicSRC in 2021. Since leaving high school Keisha has volunteered and facilitated young people in different areas of youth engagement. Her role is to work with schools and students across the state to empower student voice! A fun fact is that she enjoys watching true crime documentaries with her dog.
VAL Student Profiles Project Officer
Laura is our newest addition to the team! She is loveable and bubbly as well as being an Executive Committee alum from 2018. She's here to talk to students about education pathways and to reduce stigma around applied learning. Laura also has her own podcast! ' growing up clueless' talks all things consent, sex education and other stuff you never learned properly in school. Like half the staff she is obsessed with her pets - two dogs - and will tell you about them at any opportunity. When she's not working Laura can't say no to an episode or two of Grey's Anatomy.
Emily joined VicSRC in 2021 after a year of being on the Student Executive Advisory Committee in 2020. She has been passionate about student voice for years and is now studying Arts in the hopes of continuing to do work in similar areas! Emily is now our amazing Admin Assistant who helps everyone out around the office, doing a million different things. The last book she read and one she recommends to everyone is “Women Don't Owe You Pretty” by Florence Given!