The Academy Team

There have been many people involved in the development of the education for the SEM Academy. Please see our content expert page for a full view of our wonderful authors and writers. The SEM Academy is managed by ACSEP, with National Office staff based in Melbourne Australia.

Our skills-based team, dedicated to the success of the SEM Academy and its ongoing development, are shown below.

Kate Simkovic

Kate Simkovic - CEO, ACSEP.

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 instil 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. Most recently, Kate 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.

Dr Diana Robinson

Dr Diana Robinson - Chief Project Manager, STP Education Projects, ACSEP.

Dr Robinson is an experienced Sport and Exercise Physician who has worked in specialist medical education for over 20 years. Following her role as the Chairman of Training for ACSEP (2005-2010), she co-wrote the ACSEP curriculum. As a part of these roles, she became aware of the difficulties in standardising training across geographical areas and maintaining consistencies in teaching and learning methods. The development of these online modules was her vision; she worked with colleagues and government to obtain funding and has been the Project Manager developing these modules since their inception in 2013. Dr Robinson is the Chair of the ACSEP Curriculum Working Group, and is a member of the Court of Examiners. She is an Associate Editor of the BMJ Open Sport and Exercise, and a published author in a number of online specialist medical sites. Dr Robinson is a member of the Doping Control Review Board for FINA, the Australian Anti-doping Rule Violation Panel and the Therapeutic Goods Administration Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling. In the past, she has been the Chief Medical Officer for Triathlon Australia, worked in Rugby Union, Rugby League and Surf Lifesaving. She received the ACSEP Citation for Distinguished Service in 2016.

Kymberleigh Bray

Kymberleigh Bray - Design Consultant, ACSEP. Creative Director, White Leaf Solutions.

Kymberleigh is the Design Lead for the SEM Academy and all eLearning modules. Her team at White Leaf Solutions are responsible for the ongoing functionality of the SEM Academy and the learning management system (LMS). She has been working in consultation with the ACSEP, as a Design Specialist, for more than 5 years and was previously employed as the National Training Coordinator, responsible for all areas relating to Registrars within the Training Program. Kymberleigh and her team have been instrumental in bringing content to life by creating new visually stunning and user friendly modules. This has not only afforded audiences a greater learning experience, but has allowed the SEM Academy and ACSEP to further position themselves as a leader within the international market. Kymberleigh has spent the past decade focussing on training & development techniques, delivery methods and the fast growing digital learning space. She has a passion for discovering new ways to improve the overall experience for any kind of learner and has worked tirelessly to build and maintain valuable relationships along the way. The ongoing relationship between the ACSEP and White Leaf Solutions is a very special one.