Board of Directors

The Board of Directors manages ACORN's business and affairs. The current board comprises nine directors – the president, a director from each of the seven state and territory associations and a director elected by the ACORN membership. Directors work in a voluntary capacity and oversee the workings of our committees.

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Prior to becoming president, Rebecca served on the ACORN board as Victorian Representative and then Director for a total of four years. She is an endorsed nurse practitioner in a private orthopaedic and sports injury practice in central Victoria and the current unit chair for the perioperative postgraduate stream for the University of Tasmania.

Trent joined the ACORN board in November 2018 and is chair of the Standards Committee. Trent is Perioperative Services Manager at Burnside War Memorial Hospital.

Sophie joined the ACORN board in May 2018 and is co-chair of the Education Committee. Sophie works at Royal Darwin Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Educator in the specialty area of anaesthetics and PACU. Sophie’s professional achievements include developing and implementing an intubating tray for neonatal resuscitaire and a new process to decrease the risk of cross-contamination of medical equipment used in the theatre complex.

Patricia is on the executive of the Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group and honoured to represent Victoria at the national level and work towards achieving ACORN’s vision. Patricia has worked clinically in perioperative departments across metropolitan, regional and rural organisations, progressing in both management and education roles. She joined the ACORN board in May 2018 and chairs the Journal and Research committees.

Paula is a senior lecturer for the University of Tasmania and Critical Care Education Service, and Chief Examiner for the College of Perianaesthesia Nurses. She has been involved with a number of professional bodies and agencies through working parties related to anaesthesia and sedation. Paula is also a published author and popular keynote speaker. She joined the ACORN board in May 2018 and chairs the Membership and Local Association Liaison (MLAL) Committee.

Karen has worked as an Enrolled Nurse for 30 years, mostly in western Sydney. She has been a member of the executive committee for NSW OTA since 2010 and served on the ACORN board since 2014. She is currently a practitioner member of the coregulatory body New South Wales Nursing and Midwifery Council. Karen is chair of the Conference Committee.

Grace started her nursing career in Singapore in 1991 before emigrating to Perth. She works as the Perioperative Services Manager at St. John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals and has previously held various roles in the operating theatre and Sterile Supply Unit. Grace has served on the ACORN board since 2014, she is chair of the Grants, Awards and Scholarships (GAS) and Hospital and University Collaboration and Accreditation (HUCA) committees as well as an active member of ACORN Western Australia. 

Donna joined the ACORN board in May 2018 and is co-chair of the Education Committee. She has held numerous roles, including CNS in PACU and Clinical Nurse Educator, since gaining her initial perioperative nursing qualifications in Sydney in 1991. She moved to the Tweed Coast in 1994 and currently holds the position of L2 CNS Cardiothoracics at John Flynn Private Hospital on the Gold Coast.

For the past six years, Garry has held the position of Clinical Nurse Manager of the perioperative unit at Calvary St Luke’s Hospital Launceston which specialises in orthopaedics, ear/nose/throat and oral surgery. He has 22 years of experience in the perioperative setting and is an active member of ACORN Tasmania. Garry joined the board in April 2017 and is chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk (FAR) Committee.