ACORN staff

Wendy Rowland

The ACORN Board appointed Wendy Rowland as Executive Officer in February 2015 as the first non-perioperative leader.

With fifteen years’ experience in education and business management including leading state-based and national not-for-profit associations, Wendy has supported the Board of Directors to lead and transition ACORN from a volunteer-based College to its current position as the well-respected, peak body for Australian perioperative nurses.

Wendy leads a dedicated team of staff and a committed board with compassion and commitment. As Executive Officer she is visionary and drives improvement in business operations and systems and providing members and stakeholders with exceptional communication and service experiences. She consistently drives efficiencies and opportunities and in doing so advances ACORN’s achievement of its strategic and financial goals.

Wendy’s leadership has enabled ACORN to strategically and deliberately expand its member services and products to benefit perioperative nurses and the perioperative profession.

Wendy is looking forward to implementing the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan to further advance the College and drive advocacy on behalf of the profession and patient.

Annabel Holliss

Annabel Holliss commenced with ACORN in February 2017 as the Conference Officer to provide ACORN with the expertise to manage ACORN's biennial international conference and the Perioperative Leadership Summit. 

Annabel came to the College with over 15 years’ experience in managing conferences and events.

Since joining ACORN Annabel has delivered the biggest conference in the College's history, in Adelaide in May 2018, with over 1250 delegates and 90 exhibiting companies. The inaugural Perioperative Leadership Summit, held in Canberra in September 2019, was a significant addition to ACORN's suite of member services. 

One of Annabel's many strengths is her efficiency. Having identified this, the College now enjoys Annabel's drive to provide exceptional customer service to members and key stakeholders.

Annabel is looking forward to the Conference in May 2020, in Sydney, and meeting and getting to know more of the ACORN members personally.

Cath Murphy

Cath Murphy May 2019 - Width:100Cath Murphy commenced working for ACORN in January 2019 as ACORN's Professional Standards Officer, subsequently also being appointed to the role of Course Accreditation Officer.

After almost 40 years as a nurse, Cath is driven every day by a desire to improve the safety and quality of health care. Cath's career has always involved senior mentors who have provided her with much needed  guidance, counsel, support and inspiration.

Other than being part of a small but mighty, dedicated team of staff, Cath considers that the best part of working for ACORN is the generous and often voluntary commitment perioperative nurses give to ACORN, day after day, to improve Australian perioperative care. Professionally Cath subscribes to the motto 'do what you love and love what you do'.



Eleanor Tan

Eleanor Tan was first engaged in September 2015 to manage production of the journal. In July 2016 she was employed as ACORN's Publications Officer to manage the production of ACORN's publications and edit the website and other communications.

With more than twenty years' experience in the education and health sectors and ten years' editing and publishing experience, Eleanor's expertise and attention to detail have ensured ACORN publications reflect the College's professional standing within the community.

As Publications Officer, Eleanor compiles, edits and formats the content for ACORN publications, website and communications. She enjoys collaborating with ACORN directors, staff and volunteers, and liaising with the graphic designer and printer, to produce a range of high quality and timely publications including Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia, Practice Audit Tools and conference collateral as well as Journal of Perioperative Nursing.

Eleanor is looking forward to working with ACORN committees to produce future issues of the journal, the 16th edition of the ACORN Standards and maintain an attractive, informative and user-friendly website.

Magdy Tadros

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