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I have the energy, the inclination and the passion to drive ACN’s strategic direction. My goal is for ACN to be recognised nationally as the go-to organisation for nurse leaders, and for us to be relied on at any stage of their career, to assist them with developing the necessary skills to drive change in Australia’s health and aged care systems."

- Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN
CEO, Australian College of Nursing

Australian College of Nursing’s Leadership Team

ACN is led by a Chief Executive Officer and has four operational divisions, each with an Executive Director and supporting teams. ACN is governed by a nine member Board. The Board is made up of seven directors elected from and by the membership of ACN and two independent directors appointed by the Board.

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Chief Executive Officer
Adjunct Professor KYLIE WARD

RN, MMgt, Dip App Sci (Nursing), Acute Care Cert., FACN, Wharton Fellow, MAICD

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward has more than two decades of experience as a celebrated Nurse Leader, and a respected, senior level Health and Aged Care executive. Intimately aware of the significant contribution nurse leaders make to health and aged care, community outcomes, individualised care and patient experiences, Kylie also brings an innate passion for people, professionalism, service and leadership to the Australian College of Nursing (ACN).

Her distinguished career - including nursing with a clinical background in intensive care and aged care, Monash University lecturer and more recently as an expert in transformational leadership, culture and change management - has resulted Kylie’s exceptional skills in organisational design, culture shaping, insight and strategy development.

In 2009, Kylie was awarded a Wharton Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her approach to leadership is modern, ethical and progressive, and focuses on building mental and spiritual resilience to meet organisational challenges and lead people through change. She is inspired by the power of leadership to engage and excite people, and ultimately drive business success.

Kylie has enjoyed a long and active association with ACN and its founding organisations, and was awarded Fellowship of both organisations in 2007.  She understands and honours their history and commitment to nursing in Australia and is passionate about leading ACN to become a dynamic and influential key professional organisation.

Executive Director, Professional

As a strategically focused leader, I leverage more than 25 years  of experience in healthcare across both the UK and Australia. My most recent role, prior to joining ACN, was as Director of Nursing for the Division of Medicine at Canberra Hospital. With a primary clinical background in Emergency Nursing, and having worked in advanced practice roles, I hold a strong interest in advancing clinical practice and a passion for building leadership capability and capacity. I have a MSc (Advanced Practice) and I am a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management and a Member of the Australian College of Nursing.  My personal values of integrity, collaboration, kindness and care are cornerstone to my drive and commitment in my professional career.

Executive Director, Commercial

Helen Goodall’s career with ACN commenced in 2003 with RCNA and she has held several positions within the organisation. She is proud to have been part of the team involved in shaping the organisation into the professional body that it is today. 

Helen thrives on working with great people and working collaboratively to achieve goals. She believes that ACN’s strength is its team, its members and the organisations that partner with ACN.

Helen’s primary motivation is to develop and maintain ACN’s commercial focus. She brings a wealth of experience to ACN, including business development, and program and contract management in the financial sector, in addition to holding a Graduate Certificate in Management and a Master of Business.

As an advocate of ACN’s vision to advance nurse leadership to enhance health care, Helen adds warmth and vitality to the business of leadership.

Executive Director, Corporate Support

Neil’s 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).

Executive Director, Education

Anne is a registered nurse and a long time Fellow of The College of Nursing, a predecessor organisation to ACN.

Her background and extensive experience in nurse education encompasses clinical teaching, course coordination, curriculum development and design and evaluation. More recently, she held the position of Manager Nursing and Midwifery Registration at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA,) which supported the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. A key function of her role at AHPRA was the accreditation of international nursing and midwifery qualifications and registration. Prior to the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme in 2010, Anne was a Professional Officer at the Nurses and Midwives Board of NSW.

Having gained considerable experience in the implementation of legislation, regulation and change management, Anne was keen to build on and utilise her regulatory knowledge and experience and returned to an education environment. She joined the Executive team at ACN in July 2015, and is excited to be working once again with a peak professional body, having previously worked at The College of Nursing as the Manager of Continuing Professional Development where she developed and delivered short courses in a wide range of specialty areas.

Anne believes that education and engagement are the keys to advancing nurse leadership. She cites her own qualifications of a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Education (Adult Education) and a Certificate IV TAA as making a significant contribution to her ability to progress her own career and attain leadership roles. As a result, she is passionate about nursing professional development through higher education and encourages members and the broader profession to undertake quality education that meets their professional needs.

Anne has always valued her ACN membership and relied on it to keep her engaged and informed about key issues relating to the profession, health reform matters, policy and being able to speak out on behalf of the profession when it is not always possible to do so individually.

Australian College of Nursing - Year in Review

2016–2017 has been nan eventful year for ACN with the launch of many new and exciting initiatives to further drive our strategic intent of advancing nurse leadership across the Australian health and aged care system. This Year in Review is a celebration of our progress, growth and accomplishments throughout the past 12 months. It is a snapshot of the many milestones ACN has achieved for both our organisation and profession.