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Structure

Our Structure

ESSA is guided by two key documents listed below:

 

ESSA Strategic Plan 2017-2020

ESSA Constitution 

 

Organisational Structure

ESSA’s organisational structure can be broken into the three following areas:

National Board

National Office

State Chapters

 

 


National Board

 

President

Nathan Reeves

Nathan Reeves, President, has been a Director on the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) National Board since 2010. He is currently the ESSA President/Chair, Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee and committee member on the Audit Finance and Risk Committee. He previously sat on the ESSA Queensland State Chapter Committee as committee member and chair over a period of four years.

Nathan is a practicing Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with an interest in the area of workplace injury prevention and management. He has consulted to federal and state government agencies and extensively across the private sector.

Nathan is a lecturer at School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University and is Exercise Physiology discipline lead for inter-professional and simulated learning. Nathan has extensive experience in developing and leading intra and inter professional simulated learning events across the allied health and medical disciplines.

Nathan is a graduate of the AICD Company Director and Mastering the Board courses.

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President Elect

Dr. Kade Davison

Dr Kade Davison, Vice President, has been a passionate servant of ESSA for over ten years. During this time he has witnessed and contributed to enormous growth and maturity of the organisation and its professions.

After initially working as an Exercise Scientist in a number of gyms, he opened an Exercise Physiology clinic in the city of Adelaide and went on to establish and consult in clinics in SA and NSW including multi-disciplinary university and hospital based models.

He is currently the Program Director for Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of South Australia educating tomorrows AEPs and pursing research interests in cardiometabolic function, evidence based exercise assessments and the effectiveness of clinical exercise services in a range of settings and population groups.

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Director

Prof. Steve Selig

Professor Steve Selig is the retired Chair in Clinical Exercise Science at Deakin University, was an academic in cardiovascular exercise physiology for 32 years, and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Cardiology, The University of Melbourne. Since 2005, he has served as Director on the National Board of Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA), and during most of that time he chaired two peak national advisory groups for ESSA. In addition, Steve twice led national initiatives to review and restructure the ESSA Professional Standards for Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP). The professional standards covered by the work of Steve and his colleagues span the period 2008-2021. You could say that ESSA is one of Steve’s hobbies in retirement, along with keeping fit!

Steve’s academic leadership has been recognised by many awards, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in E-learning at Victoria University in 2002, and a National Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2006. In 2010, he was honoured to receive the ESSA President’s Award for services to clinical exercise physiology.

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Director

Dr. Simon Rosenbaum

Dr Simon Rosenbaum is a Research Fellow in the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales and an Honorary Fellow at the Black Dog Institute and the George Institute for Global Health. His research interests are in the role of physical activity and exercise in improving the physical and mental health of people experiencing mental illness. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and has experience working as an exercise physiologist in a variety of settings including public and private hospitals, general practice and community health centres.

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Vice President

Kirsty Rawlings

Kirsty Rawlings is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and is currently Head of Programs and Innovation at Council on the Ageing SA. She has extensive experience as an Exercise Physiologist within private practice, university and government settings, having practised as an Exercise Physiologist for the last 18 years, and being a full member and Accredited Exercise Physiologist with ESSA since 2002. She has led the SA ESSA Chapter as State President/Chair for four years, and also contributed her skills and experience to the ESSA Exercise Physiology Advisory Group for 3 years.

Kirsty has undertaken teaching, research and clinical roles with the University of SA, and a research role with Adelaide University. Kirsty has worked within South Australian and Australian Government in primary health care roles, managing the Primary Health Care and Workforce unit with Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Through her most recent roles as Deputy CEO and CEO with CAHML and Executive Officer with Rural Doctors’ Association of SA, she has gained extensive experience in corporate and clinical governance, strategic planning and operationalisation, risk management and legal compliance, and stakeholder and member engagement. Kirsty currently has oversight of programs, business development, strategy, engagement, research and evaluation in her role as Head of Programs and Innovation with COTA SA.

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Director

Dr. Brendan Joss

Dr Brendan Joss is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and ESSA Fellow, and Managing Director of HFRC, where they deliver exercise based rehabilitation programs following complex orthopaedic surgery to optimise recovery. Brendan has worked as an AEP since 2001 at HFRC where he also completed a PhD in the Clinical and Biomechanical Comparison of Fixed vs. Mobile Bearing Unicondylar knee replacement in 2006. Subsequently, he undertook a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Queens University, Canada. In conjunction with his clinical work, Brendan has continual involvement is applied research to develop evidence-based treatment models for orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions and holds an adjunct Assoc. Professor position at the University of Western Australia. 

From 2009 to 2014 Brendan served as a Director and Vice President of the ESSA Board, in addition to a previous role as WA State Chapter chair. More recently being a member of the ESSA scientific conference organising committee for 2016, and the Chair of the organising committee for the ESSA Business forum in 2017. Having returned to the ESSA Board in 2017, Brendan is looking forward to contributing to the positive future direction of ESSA and its members. 

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Director

Prof. Aaron Coutts

Aaron Coutts is a Professor in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He has published more than 150 scientific papers which mostly focus on improving our understanding of the factors that affect sporting performance. He has specific interest in conducting applied research and providing evidence-based recommendations for athlete monitoring, performance analysis and training design.

Aaron currently consults to several top-level professional sporting teams is an advisor to the Nike Sports Research Laboratory and the Digital advisory panel for the Australian Sport Commission. He has also been the recipient of an Australian Teaching and Learning Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning in sport and exercise sciences. He is currently an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance and Science and Medicine in Football. Aaron is also a practising Accredited Sport Scientist and a Director of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

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Director

Philippa Ellis

Philippa Ellis joined the ESSA Board in March 2015 and serves on the Governance & Nominations Committee. She brings a wealth of corporate knowledge and extensive governance experience to the Board, underscored by a 30 year career in the financial services sector in Australia and New Zealand. Philippa is a team player with a unique ability to constructively challenge the status quo and a track record of getting things done resourcefully. Her strong business acumen, combined with whole brain thinking and curiosity, encourages innovation and enables wider perspectives to guide a business and drive change. Philippa has a natural ability to connect with people and build valued relationships in ways that promote collaboration and deliver successful business outcomes.

Throughout her life Philippa has enjoyed competing and participating in a variety of team and individual sports and has focused on keeping fit and healthy with regular exercise. Her true passion is “wellness” which is strongly aligned to ESSA’s vision “To enhance performance, health and well-being through the science of exercise and sport”.

Philippa is also currently a non-Executive Director on the Board of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Australia.

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Director

Carolyn Pillans

Carolyn Pillans is an experienced director and senior executive, as well as a qualified and capable chartered secretary, and is currently the Chair of ESSA’s Audit Finance & Risk Committee. Her background includes over ten years as company secretary of water and energy utilities and executive manager with responsibilities including strategy, risk, compliance, quality and governance. Carolyn’s expertise lies in developing pragmatic governance frameworks, planning and leading merger and change teams during industry reforms and business restructures, and working closely with shareholders to develop trust and engagement.

Currently, Carolyn is Principal Consultant in a governance and management consulting firm where she has been working on governance change projects with government business enterprises throughout Australia, private companies and local government.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. She is a non-executive director and treasurer of Lifeline Tasmania and a member of its Audit and Risk Committee, as well as an independent member of Tasman Council’s statutory audit panel.

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National Office

 

Opening hours: Monday – Friday (not including public holidays), 8.30am – 4.30pm (Queensland Time)

 

Chief Executive Office

Chief Executive Officer                  Anita Hobson-Powell                  
PA to Chief Executive Officer Sandy Heggie

 

Member Operations 

Operations Manager Belinda Burke
Senior Administration Officer Renee Fitzgerald
Membership Officer Narelle O’Loughlin
Administration Officer  
Administration Officer Alex Wade
Office Coordinator Nyomee Dickinson
Receptionist Jessica Muir
HEAL Project Officer Daniel Berkelmans
Accreditation Manager Larisse Neil
Course Accreditation Manager Rachel Holmes
Accreditation Officer Melissa Creed
Accreditation Officer Ali Dulfikar

 

Policy and Advocacy

Policy and Advocacy Manager Katie Lyndon                   
Advocacy Officer Alex Lawrence
Policy and Relations Advisor Louise Czosnek
Standards Senior Advisor Janette Frazer-Allen
Standards Advisor Carly Ryan

 

Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications Manager Zoe Bickerstaffe                                  
Marketing and Communications Coordinator Natalie Simpson
Marketing Member Communications Officer Camella Holland Brightman
Marketing and Design Officer Emily Donohoe

 

Professional Practice Unit

Professional Practice Manager Haida Luke                                                      
Professional Practice Advisor Beth Sheehan 
Practice Development Advisor Nardine Presland
Professional Development and Conference Specialist Sarah Hall
Professional Development Co-Ordinator Ashlee Deane
Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Project Officer Christina Schmid

 


 

State Chapters

The objectives or purposes for which the Chapter is established is to:

  1. promote the objectives and initiatives of ESSA at a regional level;
  2. to provide the regions with a voice for the members of that region;
  3. to foster collaboration with clinicians and other persons and organisations to further or advance knowledge in the fields of work of members of the Association;
  4. to provide local training and educational opportunities for members in the region, and
  5. to liaise and educate state governments and other interested state based parties on the roles and activities of the members of the Association

Queensland (QLD)

Co-Chair John Dennehy
Co-Chair Emma Beckman

New South Wales (NSW)

Co-Chair Mia Kacen
Co-Chair Peggy Huang


Victoria (VIC)

Co-Chair Gemma Houston
Co-Chair

Rebecca Hallam

South Australia (SA)

Co-Chair Jessica Northcott
Co-Chair Braden Mitchell

Western Australia (WA)

Chair David Beard

Tasmania (TAS)

Chair James Fell

ACT

Co-Chair Kellie Toohey
 Co-Chair Eva Boland

 

If you are unable to contact your state representative, please contact the national office at info@essa.org.au