Kate hails from Perth and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Edith Cowan University and a Specialist Certificate in Executive Leadership from Melbourne University. Kate’s first career was as a secondary school teacher, working for 13 years in state, catholic and private schools undertaking leadership roles in Perth, London, York (UK) and Melbourne. Her strong desire to instill a love of physical activity in children led her away from education to a role within the Active After-school Communities program run by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). After 5 years in the role, Kate moved to Canberra where she undertook a key strategic senior stakeholder relationship role for the ASC as Director- Government and Partner Relations. This role led Kate to work with a huge variety of state and federal stakeholders, develop and implement government policy, establish an inter-state sport disaster relief collaboration and coordinate a COAG Closing the Gap working group. Upon leaving the government sector, Kate undertook two senior roles in the Charity area, both in the field of health and improving outcomes for children or those with a disability. Most recently, Kate has worked for Headspace assisting with navigating the implementation of the NDIS for Headspace centers and National Office.
Kate has a strong sporting background and represented Western Australia in the WNBL. She has always had great interest in providing an opportunity to improve the lives of others through the vehicle of sport and exercise, and articulating the role that physical activity has in ensuring positive physical, mental and social health. Kate lives a very active life with her partner, 2 young daughters and incredibly old, deaf dog and still manages to play basketball regularly, just no longer in a bodysuit!
Ashley grew up in Melbourne before moving to Sydney to complete a Bachelor of Business in Management & Business Law. His work experience has seen him move across Australia working in the sport, not-for-profit and private sector, and he has recently commenced an MBA with the Australian Graduate School of Management at the UNSW Business School.
As the Marketing and Communications Specialist, Ashley forms part of the ACSEP National Office team leading the Marketing Portfolio including Partnerships & Sponsorship, Internal & External Communications, Brand, Media, Events and College specific projects. Recent projects include the creation of the first Reconciliation Action Plan; providing the framework for the College to improve health standards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and the development of the Better Members initiative, focusing on the mental well-being of all members and staff across the College.
Outside of work Ashley runs his own non-profit clothing brand, is a keen sportsman, a tragic Melbourne Demons supporter and is passionate about animal welfare. Ashley is currently training for the Cairns Half Ironman.
Jen is passionate about supporting people and enabling them to grow through education and self exploration. She has a broad background, having degrees/worked in Photography, Science, Primary & Secondary Education, Adult Education and Project Management, and has worked mostly for large corporations, such as Telstra, Aussie Post and GE Money.
As the Training Coordinator, Jen’s role revolves around supporting, guiding and empowering the Registrars who undertake the College’s Training Program. Jen keeps track of how each Registrar is progressing, what their learning pathway looks like and helps them “graduate” the Program and become a Fellow. She also makes sure the Program runs smoothly and implements process, pedagogy and program improvements to ensure the Program and College is always considered as a Global Leader in Sports and Exercise Medicine education.
Jen has 3 little kids and lives near the Mornington Peninsula. In her spare time she makes baby carriers and is a Babywearing Consultant. She enjoys keeping active and competed in equestrian and rowing when younger, and now encourages her kids to keep active who have chosen horse riding and rock climbing as their pathways.
As part of the ACSEP National Office Kellie Wells is the Programs and Systems Administrator and is responsible for business administration as well as future planning for process and systems improvement for the College. Kellie also provides secretariat assistance to the ACSEP Board and support to the National Office Team and CEO.
Kellie was born in Tasmania but has called Melbourne home for many years. She is also a practicing visual artist who has exhibited in galleries both in Australia and overseas and indulges her passion for research as a current Fine Arts PhD candidate.
Tim joins the ASCEP team as the in-house finance person. Tim competed his finance degree in his home state of Tasmania. After earning his ‘charter’ in Melbourne, the next 20 years were spent in Sydney in diverse industries including, but not limited to, finance, professional rugby league and medical research.
After completing a philosophy degree at Sydney University, Tim moved to Melbourne and has recently been awarded a BA honours (philosophy). Tim has spent time jumping out of planes, roaming the bush looking for steep cliffs to climb, and racing mountain bikes. All to the detriment of joints and ‘balanced’ lifestyle (read: obsessive).
Saxon comes to ACSEP with a variety of administrative experience previously working within the Education, Health, Information Technology and Engineering industries. Saxon will generally be the first point of contact for prospective members’ and their queries whilst assisting with general administrative duties. A self-confessed footy fanatic, when not in the ACSEP office, Saxon can be found either at the ground, a multi-cultural festival or a pet friendly café in the hope of scoring a free pat.
With a background in Sports and Exercise Science and Education. Kirsten is a current member of the QUT Sports Injury Group and has been extensively involved in research for over 10 years, including currently finalising her PhD. She has particular interest in both Hamstring and Shoulder injury research. Kirsten has also held various roles as a sessional academic at a variety of universities across Australia teaching Research Methods, Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning units.
Kirsten’s background as a swimmer has given her a love for maintaining an active lifestyle and she still enjoys competing in masters and open water events. Kirsten and her partner have two young children and enjoy getting outdoors in their spare time.