Meet our team
Howdy! My name's Kerg (he/him) and I am the Program Director for 2021. While I love the operations-side of my position to make sure Youth Parliament runs in tip-top shape, what I love most is working with our people: Taskforce, Youth Parliamentarians, Youth Press Gallery journalists and everyone else who breathe their magic into this enriching program. In my spare time, when I'm not nose deep in a Murakami novel, I'm definitely blasting some Lizzo whilst researching how young people are changing the world for the better. This year, I'm definitely excited to simply see Youth Parliament bringing together changemakers from across the State and be inspired to be active global citizens. My vision for the year is to see a community form that learns from each other and sees difference as strength, whilst feeling belonging to something bigger. Fun fact: I'm an Aries and am very vision-focused and I've also definitely been to New York
Howdy Howdy!! My name is Hiep (he/him) and I am the Teams & Parliamentary Training Director for 2021. When I am not hanging out on camp with young people, I am often seen hanging out on camp with young people (no seriously, I do this for a living!). I am most excited for (hopefully!) a return to an in-person program and seeing young people empowered to have their voices heard. My vision for the year is pretty simple - that the voices of our young people are amplified and that an empowered community is created where everyone is safe and feels like they belong. Fun fact, I’m left-handed but I write with my right hand.
Hey fronds and ferns! I’m Tessa (she/her) and I am the Wreck Manager for 2021! When I’m not supporting young people to get their voice out there about the issues they’re passionate about, you can find me up to my elbows in my veggie garden (it’s bean season people!!)! I am so excited for a dynamic year (hopefully in person, but let’s not jinx anything) where we can get back on our feet, have some fun, and build a community full of like-minded young people. My vision for the year is that this program will be a space for everyone to support and discuss the ideas of others and facilitate some pretty important conversations about how we want the world to look. Fun fact, I have 3 beautiful children.
Alo alo Parli People! My name is Meaghan Ferguson (she/her) and this year I am a Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator. When I am not furiously emailing, lining up meetings between our dynamic teams and big-shot stakeholders, I am in my garden sampling cherry tomatoes and willing the good health of my housemate’s zucchini plant! I am so excited to see the passion of participants come back together for a powerful 2021 program. My vision for the year is to have every team and participant brought meaningfully together with one and other, and external stakeholders - purposefully collaborating over our passions and plans for the future (and present!!). Fun fact, I have been known to turn scans of peoples faces into scaled 3D prints.
Hi everyone, my name is Maggy (she/her) and I am the Media and Stakeholder Engagement Director. When I am not able to travel to new places or escape into a patch of wild without reception, I am frantically consuming the art, culture and knowledge buzz of Melbourne CBD and surrounds. I am excited to meet all the participants of Youth Parliament and for my team to amplify their voices to create a positive impact for all Victorians. My vision is to systemise and clearly document all the wins and learnings of this year for a smooth handover to the 2022 Taskforce. Fun fact, I love tropical fruit and am always on a hunt to try new fruits.
G’day mates! My name is Kim (she/her) and I am your Youth Press Gallery co-director this year! When I’m not working as a journo, I am scrolling through social media (I’m addicted), snacking on Milo and hummus (not together) and reading the latest release of romantic/political fiction (cue Normal People). I am most excited for working with a fresh group of budding journalists. As a former participant of the program, I know what this training can do for media careers and I’m excited to be at the helm of the program. My vision for the year is to fill participants with as much knowledge of the media industry as I can and amplify all our voices. Fun fact, my eyes change colour when I cry - hopefully you won’t see this.
Ngayi! Hello, My name is Tahlia (she/her) I am a proud Barkindji woman. I’m on taskforce as the Logistics & Welfare Director. When I’m not doing Eldest Sister Tingz, I’m doing Aunty Tingz. And when I am not doing those, I am scrolling through TikTok for new life hacks and astrology facts. I am excited and hopeful for a residential Youth Parliament program. My vision for the year is for the Youth Parliament program to create a community of young people that can learn from each other, have fun and find a sense of belonging. Fun fact, I flew a small charter plane, well co-piloted… still counts.
Hey! My name is Georgia (she/her) and I am the Youth Governor and Youth Press Gallery Co-Director. When I am not young people and aspiring journos to have their voices heard, I can usually be found on the couch with a good book or watching an early 2000’s teen drama. I am so excited to work with our Youth Parliamentarians and Press’s Gallerians to amplify their ideas and passions both inside and outside of Parliament House! My vision for the year is to help build a community where everyone is comfortable and excited to advocate for their ideas and showcase the power of young people, with plenty of fun along the way. Fun fact, I once faked a broken arm!
What’s up, buttercup? My name is Ally (she/her) and I am in the Head of House role. When I am not hanging out with impressive young people on Parli, I am hanging out with impressive young people at school. I am so excited for our incredible debaters to take over the Parliamentary Chambers! My vision for the year is the inclusion and empowerment for all of our young Victorians on the program. Fun fact, I am allergic to Indonesian toothpaste!
G’day My name is Tom(He/Him) and I am a head of house .When I am not supporting my training leaders work their magic, I am probably on top of a building somewhere in the CBD giving some bad news to an architect. I am excited to listen and learn about what all of our participants are passionate about. My vision for the year is for really great debates where everyone learns something new about a community other than their own. Fun fact, I am colour blind.
Heyo ayo! My name’s Amy Ferguson (she/her) and I’m a part of the ultimate power troupe that is Wreck. When I’m not playing with soils n plants at uni or relentlessly appreciating the majesty that is Eurovision, you’ll probably find me dancing in the paddocks and streets or generally nattering the days away with a cup of tea in hand. This year I am so unbelievably excited to play many many wacky games and of course hear what us blooming brilliant young people of Victoria want to see in the world. My vision for this year is to have a Parli in which every person feels supported and empowered to share their passions, have quality convos, and naturally a spot of fun. Fun fact and dare I say crowning achievement in life - I once met Costa’s son.
Heyya! My name is Alex (he/him) and I am one of the absolutely stellar group of Wreck leaders this year! When I am not living my best life as a small town farmer in the game Stardew Valley, I am driving to the 24 hour Kmart at 3am in the morning with anyone that’ll accompany me. I am excited for this community of amazing people to celebrate breaking away from the stressful year that shall not be named and have some good old fashioned FUN! My vision for the year revolves around everyone having a second home on camp, and feeling safe to explore who they are. Fun fact, my first job was at a rock climbing centre… I was (and am still) afraid of heights.
Hello amazing people! My name is Gemma (she/her) and I am a Stakeholder engagement coordinator. When I am not having a boogie to some throwback music in the kitchen, I am at the local carnegie french restaurant eating crepes (and attempting to practice my french) !! I am incredibly excited to hear everyone’s ideas for making this world a better place, and help bring them to life by organising stakeholder meetings. My vision for the year is to connect each youth parliament team with a wide range of stakeholders to help enhance our bills and make a difference! Fun fact, I help run a fundraising campaign at Monash University to support humanitarian scholarships for asylum seeker students!
Howdy howdy! My name is Lachlan Houen (he/him) and I am one of the Stakeholder Engagement Coordinators for this year. When I am not in some cool fancy and exciting meeting about some fabulous organisation I am a part of, I am hurriedly trying to complete my uni work (because priorities, obviously). I am excited to see the joy that the week of Parli is going to bring to all the participants and getting to watch them shine in their debates during the week. My vision for the year is to ensure that every single participant leaves the program feeling empowered and passionate about their own bill issue and the issues that they learn about and debate on throughout the week of Parli. Fun fact, I will wear a different pair of funky socks for each day of the week (no there is not a specific pair for a specific day and no I do not own enough pairs to wear a different pair every day until I die). If you see me without funky socks on, you may rightfully call me out on it.
What is up, beautiful people?! My name is Swenisha (she/her) and I am the Social Media Coordinator. When I am not procrastinating by scrolling Instagram stressfully, I am scrolling Instagram leisurely with a secondary screen on in the background- I have a problem, I need help. I am so excited for my first year in Youth Parliament and I’m so keen to meet all of you and take your stories online. My vision for the year is to amplify this amazing program online to a broader audience and create hype for the actual Youth Parliament Week and next year’s program. Fun fact, I went to 8 different schools in 3 different countries from Prep to Uni.
Whaddup y'all, I'm Joanna (she/her) and I am your Youth Press Gallery Leader for 2021. When I'm not sitting on the train reading the latest book I’ve bought from Readings on Lygon pretending that I am the main character of a film, I am usually walking around the city with my tote bag in one hand and a hot chocolate in the other pretending that I am the main character of a film. I am super excited to work with a bunch of amazing journalists this year and my vision for this year is to see a Press Gallery of reporters unafraid to tell it as it is and get their story out into the world. Fun fact? If you ever visit The Glen in Glen Waverley and visit the underground parking, there will be a white pole with green paint marks on it. That was me. I hit it. My car is green.
Hello hello! My name is Annelise (she/her) and I am the Logistics and Welfare Leader. When I am not procrastinating by making functional, aesthetic, and in my opinion, very cool spreadsheets, I am either drawing or making figurines and earrings out of polymer clay. I am excited to see the program evolve throughout the year into a platform where the voices of young people are front and centre. My vision for the year is a program that is as logistically sound as possible so that all participants are able to engage and get the most out of Youth Parliament. Fun fact, I love tea so much I have over 15 different types of tea in my collection and can rarely be found without a tea thermos nearby.
Hey there! My Name is Miora (She/Her) and I am a Parliamentary Training Leader for 2021. When I am not pretending that I am not drowning in university work I am reading my next obsession or binge watching netflix. I am so excited to see all our participants bring their A-Game this year and bring their ideas to life. My vision for this year is to see all the teams come together and create amazing bonds with each other while kicking goals in parliament house! Fun Fact: I’ve been told I can do quite a good Yoshi impersonation.
Helloooo, My name is Kayra Meric He/Him, and I am a Parliamentary training leader for 2021. When I am not studying or reading, I am thrashing my guitar and trying to write some sick riffs with my friends. I am insanely excited about the debates and seeing the participants flourish with their public speaking skills and traversing the floor of parliament. My vision for the year is to see the ideas and the voices of everyone participating come to life throughout the camp. Fun fact, once, in Paris, I got lost whilst looking at paintings in the Louvre.
Hey there! My name is James (He/Him) and I am a Parliamentary Training Leader for 2021. I recently graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics and international studies. If you’re curious about Unimelb, politics, or just uni in general I’d love to have a chat. Or if those don’t float your boat, I love movies, music, video games and sports just as much! I am so keen to work alongside a bunch of passionate young people and so excited to see what you lot will bring to the table. My vision for the year is to create some kickass bills and foster an environment that promotes personal growth, safety and most importantly fun! Fun Fact: I am an outstanding bubble blower.
Hey hey hey! My name is Shanti (they/them) and I am a Parliamentary Training Leader. When I am not getting lost in the city or knee deep in an essay for uni, I’m frolicking back in the country or eating just so much ice cream. I am so excited to listen to our incredible youth parliamentarians discuss issues they’re passionate about. My vision for the year is for our program to connect and engage young Victorians to create meaningful change. Fun fact, once I stole my brother's shoes and gave them back to him as a birthday present 6 months later.