YACVic is governed by a volunteer board that always includes four young people under the age of 26, as stipulated by the YACVic Constitution. The board comprises three officers (chairperson, deputy chairperson and treasurer) along with four general board members, including a rural representative, who are elected by YACVic’s members at the annual general meeting (AGM). At the first board meeting after the AGM the board members decide the officer roles for the coming year.

YACVic’s board guides the strategic direction of the organisation under its governance framework while the chief executive officer manages YACVic’s day-to-day activities and decisions, and reports back to the board. The board is the ultimate authority for the successful operation of YACVic.

Board members

Chairperson

Louisa Ellum

Louisa is the chief executive officer of the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) and former CEO of the Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning and Employment Network (BGK LLEN). Her work at the BGK LLEN focused on significant local, state and national initiatives specific to students with disability, young people in flexible learning, applied learning and pathways and LGBTIQ+ young people. She is also currently undertaking a PhD in education at Victoria University.

Louisa brings a unique skill base that draws on problem solving, innovative approaches and the ability to synthesise and analyse research, evidence and outcomes. Louisa thrives on the building of significant relationships between organisations to create a more socially inclusive and economically productive Australia.

Deputy Chairperson

Kerrie Loveless

With close to twenty years’ experience in the youth and community sector, Kerrie has worked and volunteered within a range of community organisations, as well as state and local government. These roles have been located in both inner city and urban fringe communities and have included running group programs, providing individual support, developing policy and managing services.

Kerrie is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of young people in all aspects of civic and community life.

Treasurer

David Anderson

David Anderson is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience across finance and investor relations. He now runs his own finance and investor relations consultancy advising clients on governance, operational reviews, enhancing equity market engagement.

David spent 19 years at Telstra and has held senior finance roles as chief accountant and head of investor relations and worked on all three privatisation processes. He has extensive experience across external and internal reporting, planning and budgeting, policy, international finance reporting standards (IFRS), business process improvement and outsourcing, system implementations and mergers and acquisitions. David is member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rural Representative

Bev Hoffman

After completing an Associate Diploma in photography and theatre studies and a Bachelor of education, Bev went to the Northern Territory to work as a nanny and then as a teacher in five Aboriginal community schools across the Barkly Tableland. Since returning to north east Victoria in 1999, she has been employed in a variety of roles in the education, health, local government, community development and human services sectors.

In 2011, Bev completed a Master of youth health and education management, which has provided her with a strong theory-into-practice view of the multi-layered circumstances of young people and their families. She’s been in her current role as CEO of North East Local Learning and Employment Network since 2015.

Executive Members

Jan Farrell

Jan Farrell is a strong advocate for young people, particularly around social justice issues and gay rights. She has a long-term commitment to working with young people to improve their wellbeing, community-connectedness and resilience, and has been an active participant in various youth organisations for many years. She takes particular pride in supporting young people to have meaningful engagement in issues that affect them.

Jan lives at Ocean Grove and represented her community on the City of Greater Geelong Council from 2004 until 2016, where she held the youth portfolio. She works at a local government peak body as a finance officer and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As well as being an active member of the YACVic board, Jan is also a current board member at YouthLaw, a Melbourne-based organisation that works to address the legal issues facing young people.

Paul Turner

Paul worked in educational leadership roles in schools for most of his career, including 15 years as principal of a school with a strong youth empowerment philosophy. More recently he has worked in the community service sector, and he is currently youth services innovation manager for YMCA Victoria, responsible for strategic advice to the organisation on implementing its agenda to empower young people. One of his key initiatives has been the appointment of the organisation’s first youth advisory group, known as 'Y Voice', and he has a particular passion for developing youth voice within organisations and the wider community.

Paul also has extensive strategic planning and board experience, including reporting to a board for 15 years and acting as a board member for two not-for-profit organisations over an extended period of time. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has training and extensive experience in risk management.

Evelyn Zhaochen Bian*

Evelyn is a final year medical student with a passion for young people's wellbeing and mental health. She has been involved with YACVic for the past two years on the youth reference group and policy advisory group. Apart from YACVic Evelyn has been involved in health research at Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.  

She is a passionate advocate for gender equality, CALD and LGBTIQ+ young people.

Katerina Dandanis*

Katerina works at a commercial law firm in Melbourne, having graduated with a Bachelor of laws (with honours) from Monash University in 2017.  In 2015, she graduated with a Bachelor of science (physiology) from Monash University. She has also completed a Certificate III in active volunteering in 2014. Katerina brings skills of organisation and diligence, as well as the ability to articulate issues in a clear, concise and persuasive manner.

Katerina has a passion for advocating for equal access and opportunity for all young people in Victoria. This commitment to young people, particularly young people with disabilities, has grown through her involvement in the steering committee of the Youth Disability Advocacy Service since 2012. 

James Campbell*

James has been involved with YACVic for many years, having previously served on the youth reference group, and as both chair and ordinary member of the board of governance. He is completing his studies in law at Monash University and, with a particular interest in human rights, is currently completing his thesis on the rights of LGBTIQ+ children under international law.

In the past, James has been involved in the management and governance of youth-led LGBTIQ+ organisation Minus18 as convenor and chairperson, and currently works with the Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation. 

Matthew Church*

Matthew is the operations manager of Winning International and a passionate advocate for young people. With over five years' experience managing and leading businesses, Matthew is a skilled strategist and advisor in the areas of operational excellence, HR management, leadership and culture, and organisational growth.

He has worked closely with headspace, beyondblue, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) advocating for young people. He is passionate about young people experiencing and engaging in a passionate and driven life.

*Denotes young person