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At ACN, our power is in our people. Our high-performing and passionate team spans across two offices and five operational divisions: Commercial, Education, Office of the COO, Professional and Strategy. We are led by a Chief Executive Officer and each operational division has an Executive Director and supporting teams – all of whom bring a wealth of diverse expertise, experience and passion.

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Executive Leadership Team

Our Executive team is made up of five Executive Directors (Commercial, Education, Office of the COO, Professional and Strategy) and a Chief Executive Officer. Our executive team passionately drive the direction of ACN and the whole team.

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN

Chief Executive Officer

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CEO, RN, M.Mgt, Dip.App.Sci (Nursing), Acute Care Cert., FACN, FCHSM, Wharton Fellow, MAICD

Policy Reformer. Humanitarian. Visionary. Nurse. For-Purpose Leader. Equality Warrior. Adjunct Professor. Executive Coach. Mum. Transformation Specialist.

Kylie Ward was born and bred in the outer western suburbs of Sydney. Life was simple but Kylie wasn’t. She was a dreamer. What she didn’t know then, was that she was destined to become one of the most influential health professional leaders of her country and a formidable, passionate advocate for health, women and equality.

Kylie currently serves as the CEO of Australian College of Nursing (ACN). She has led a program of transformation at ACN, turning around membership numbers to increase revenue and tripling student numbers – all within five years.

She has done this by leading the ACN community to find their relevance through policy leadership, political and industry influence. ACN is now Australia’s beacon for Nurse Leadership.

Kylie holds honorary academic appointments with five leading Australian Universities and was ministerially appointed as a Director to ADHA (Australian Digital Health Agency) and NHMRC Health Translation Advisory Committee (HTAC) whilst holding numerous other board positions. In 2020 Kylie was named as one of the Top 100 Health Voices for LinkedIn worldwide and in 2021 was recognised as a National Influencer by AuSAE, the leading body for Association Executives.

Kylie has served on Senate and Parliamentary Inquiries and gave evidence at the Aged Care Royal Commission of 2019.

In 2017, Kylie won Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in ACT for Purpose and Social Enterprise.

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Neil Haynes

Neil Haynes FACN (Hon)

Chief Operating Officer, Company Secretary

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Neil Haynes’ career has spanned both profit and not-for-profit sectors, with extensive experience gained both in Australia and the UK. His most recent roles were Director of Finance in the employment services and training sector and, prior to that, with the largest independent Chartered Surveyor in Europe.

Passionate about finance and driven to get involved and understand the strategic business needs of ACN, Neil thrives in working closely with all arms of the organisation to ensure they are empowered and equipped to deliver high quality services to our members, stakeholders and the nursing profession. Neil holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Hull University and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. (FCA).




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Yvonne McKinlay MACN

Yvonne McKinlay FACN

Executive Director, Education

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Vy Le

Executive Director, Engagement

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