The current AHTA Staff members are profiled below. Should you wish to contact a member of  Staff, please do so via Contact Us.

Chief Executive Officer - Wendy Rowland

Wendy commenced with the Australian Hand Therapy Association as its new CEO in February 2020.

Wendy joins AHTA following five years as the Executive Officer of the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN), the peak professional association for 5500 perioperative nurses that is dedicated to advance safe, quality perioperative (pre-during and post-surgery) nursing care for Australians.

Previously, Wendy worked in senior roles in several national and state-based associations in the health sector and has a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education, Nutrition and Health) and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management.

Wendy’s track record of leadership, performance, financial management, marketing and effective governance strongly resonated with the Management Committees vision for AHTA.

Wendy is looking forward to leading a dedicated team of staff, committee and volunteers to inspire growth and collaboration to advance the association and deliver the Strategic Plan.

Wendy can be emailed at

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. Working in both the public and private sector in the UK and here 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 at

Education and Communications Manager - Kelly Toner

Kelly holds the part-time position of Education and Communications Manager and brings experience from a range of marketing, communications and event management roles in both public and not-for-profit sectors. Graduating with a Bachelor of Management (Marketing) in 2007, Kelly is also a member of the Golden Key International Honors Society.

Coordinating our internal courses and events, Kelly works closely with our Professional Practice, Communications and Marketing committees. Further to this, Kelly coordinates communication to members via our publications and advertising, as well as assisting to build and maintain sponsorship and commercial advertising opportunities. 

Kelly is your point of contact for course enquiries, as well as working in collaboration with other AHTA staff, volunteers, contractors and relevant portfolios.

Kelly can be contacted by email: