Chief Executive Officer

Wendy Rowland

Wendy has twenty years' experience in not-for-profit national and state-based sport and health associations in leadership, management and marketing roles.

She is a visionary, innovative, solution-focused, positive and dynamic leader. Prior to joining the AHTA, Wendy led a national member-based association, the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN). From 2015 to 2018, Wendy increased operating revenue from $800,000 to $2.340 m and in 2018 she delivered an operating surplus of $384,000; the largest in the history of the association.

Wendy has strong governance and financial management skills. She advances associations through careful and determined delivery of goals and objectives and well-planned collaboration and consultation. Her greatest strength is her ability to visualise a better way forward and develop and maintain strong partnerships and relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 

Prior to her role with ACORN she was the inaugural Executive Officer of the Asthma Foundations of Australia, and she led Life Saving Victoria in its 100th year.

She has overseen the following operational activities: an international conference attracting 1280 delegates and 90 sponsoring companies; a leadership summit; the publication of the Journal of Perioperative Nursing and Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia; national and state-based media campaigns attracting major media television, radio and newspapers; volunteer and teaching scholarships, education and research grants, excellence awards, education webinars, university HECS waived scholarships and subscriptions and sales.

Wendy has a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education, Nutrition and Health) and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management. 

Wendy leads a dedicated team of staff, committee and volunteers to inspire growth and collaboration to advance the association.

Wendy can be contacted via

Operations and Membership Manager

Sarah Dixon

Sarah holds the position of AHTA Operations and Membership Manager and has been with us since 2010. Bringing extensive experience in customer service, business development as well as project, payroll, financial, and event management. Sarah has worked in both the public and private sector in the UK and in Australia.

Sarah is responsible for managing all activities within the Association which contribute to the effective delivery of high-quality member services and operational support across all portfolios. With a focus on efficiency and productivity, Sarah is an integral part of the management team working in line with the operational priorities and strategic objectives of the Association.

Sarah can be emailed via

Events and Communications Coordinator

 Keri Torney 

Keri holds the position of Events Coordinator. Keri's career experience includes Event Coordinator for Variety - the Children’s Charity of South Australia and Event and Membership Coordinator for VETnetwork Australia, a not-for-profit teachers association, supporting educators who assist students with their career pathways. 

Keri is responsible for coordinating the events portfolio which includes professional practice services to members including courses, webinars and events. Keri also supports the administrative functions of the association.

Keri can be emailed at