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.