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State Executive Members

Any of the NSW OTA Executive Committee members below can be contact by email on 


Allanah Hazelgrove 

Governance and Finance Team Leader
I am the currently NUM2 of Perioperative Services at Hornsby   Ku-ring-gai Hospital Prior to moving to Hornsby I was Nurse Manager at   Calvary Mater Newcastle and Theatre Manager at Toronto Private Hospital. I   have been involved in the NSW OTA since 1996 holding the positions of   Education officer, Conference Convenor and President.


I completed my training in 1991 and after completing my post   graduate year I began working in the Operating Theatre at John Hunter   Hospital. While completing a graduate certificate in Perioperative Nursing in   1995  I became a Clinical Nurse   Specialist. While at John Hunter I specialised as an instrument/circulating   nurse in ENT, Laser and vascular/transplant surgery.

Tracy KerleTracy Kerle      


Governance and Finance Team member

Tracey is the Nurse Manager of the Operating Suite at Gosford Hospital. 

I completed my general training at Auburn and then commenced my peri operative career at the theatres at Westmead. I have worked in many different speciality areas and Have been involved in various working parties in the ministry looking at key areas of practice improvement, development of competences and computer systems.  During my peri operative career of over 29 years I have held various roles such as CNE, NUM of Gosford theatres and have now taken the role of Perioperative Nurse Manager. I hold a Bachelor degree in Nursing , Master degree in Management, Perioperative and midwifery certificates. 

I have also been involved in commissioning and developing plans for new theatres and various hospital environments across the state. In the Nsw OTA I have been on the executive for 10 years holding the roles of Secretary, ACORN representative ACORN director, ACORN Secretary and recently NSW OTA President.


 Lilian Blair 


Governance and Finance Team member

Web site Administrator

I am the Perioperative Clinical Nurse Consultant for Central Coast Local Health District, covering the specialities of scrub, scout, anaesthetics & recovery rooms.

I have always been an active OTA member and have held executive positions in Zone 3 in the past and have been a committee member for Zone One. I am presently the person who looks after your web site for you!!!  I am also the owner of the email list ORNursesDownUnder which provides a network for Australian perioperative nurses.

I was proud to receive a NSW OTA Certificate of Appreciation Award in 2005 and an ACORN Certificate of Merit in 2015. I am a regular presenter at state and national conferences.

In my “spare” time my husband & I spend time with our 16 year old son.

LeeAnneHetaLee-Anne Heta

Zone Coordinator

Lee-Ann is a perioperative nurse with skills in Instrument, Circulating, Anaesthetics, PARU & endoscopy nursing; & perioperative education & management.

Lee-Ann advocates lifelong learning. She has completed a Graduate Certificate in perioperative nursing, a Master’s degree in perioperative nursing, a Cert IV TAA, and a Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management.

Lee-Ann has been a nurse educator of the perioperative environment for over 10 years and is currently CNE Ryde operating theatres. She has also held tenures in staff education roles. Coordinating the Perioperative Graduate Certificate and the Enrolled Nurse Perioperative Practice Program at The College of Nursing are career highlights. Lee-Ann also teaches with an RTO on a casual basis.

A member of the OTA since 2000, Lee-Ann has participated on the Executive for the past few years and continues her tenure in 2014 as Secretary. 

MaryanneRenshawMary-Anne Renshaw

Zone Coordinator

Assistant Treasurer



Jenny Cubitt

Immediate Past president

Professional Initiatives and Advocacy team - Team Leader

Jenny has devoted her career to perioperative nursing practice, education and executive management. Jenny holds a Masters in Health Administration from University NSW and has over 30years experience in perioperative nursing. She is originally from South Australia and did her nursing training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). She completed her post basic theatre certificate there and went on to be a CNC in the operating suite at the RAH. Jenny moved to NSW and has worked in hospitals both in the private and public sector in management roles. Jenny has always been a member of her state theatre group and is a past president for NSW OTA and ACORN Director for NSW for 2006-08. Jenny is a fellow of ACORN.

She has represented perioperative nurses on national and state committees.  Jenny believes there are many benefits to being a member of NSW OTA and would recommend perioperative nurses to join the organisation and if they find the time then be part of the executive.

Throughout her career she has focused on patient safety and providing an environment for staff to grow.

Jenny has published journal articles and has presented papers at state, national and international conferences. She has a keen interest in the management of surgical plume. Jenny currently represents ACORN on the board of the International Council on Surgical Plume (ICSP).

Jenny says that perioperative nursing has been a rewarding career and enjoys being able to give back to the profession.

KarenHayKaren Hay

ACORN Director  

 Professional Initiatives and Advocacy team member

Karen is an Enrolled Nurse who works in Nepean Operating theatres and works primarily in an anaesthetic nurse role.

In 2010, Karen was elected to the Executive Committee of New South Wales Operating Theatre Association, with her roles including the Team Leader for Education (2013) and is currently the NSW representative, to the Board of Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN). 

She is a keen advocate for innovation, education and advancement in and of perioperative nursing and safe patient care.

In early 2015, Karen was appointed to the New South Wales Nursing and Midwifery Council, as a professional member (Enrolled Nurse) by the Minister for Health.

Aside from her nursing roles, Karen’s interests include: collecting antique curios, patchwork and quilting, photography and is a devoted “Nanny” to her five grandchildren. 

 Gail StainesGail Staines

Membership and Information Technology  team - Team Leader

CNS Gosford operating theatres

I commenced my training in 1978 as a Nurse Aide at St Vincent’s Hospital Bathurst and then went on to do my general training at Lithgow District Hospital

I worked in many specialties but always came back to Perioperative Nursing I have a Bachelor of Nursing and I am currently a CNS at Gosford Hospital with a special interest in Opthalmology.

I have been an active executive member of NSW OTA for the past 5 years I am currently the Team Leader of Membership and  Information Technology.

Rhonda Sneddon

Education team member  

Rhonda is the Nurse Unit Manager at Mount Druitt Hospital for the Anaesthetic, Recovery, Day Only Ward, and Pre Admission Clinic.

In 1976 Rhonda commenced nursing at Lidcombe Hospital completing her Registered Nurse training in 1981. She commenced working in surgical wards at Liverpool Hospital in 1982, moving to the Operating Suite in 1987 while completing the 12 month Operating Suite Introduction and In-service Course.

Rhonda started as a instrument/circulating nurse at Mt Druitt Hospital Operating Suite in 1988 and undertook further studies in 1992 completing the Operating Suite Nursing Course at The NSW College of Nursing.

As a member of the OTA for over 26 years, Rhonda has enjoyed attending many State and National conferences. “I have always had a passion for education and wanted to become a member of the OTA executive for many years”. She is currently enjoying her role on the OTA Execute Committee and is a member of the Education Team.

Rhonda’s other passion is St John Ambulance Australia where she started as a cadet in 1968. She has held many roles at Division, Region and State levels.


Rod Steward

Education team member 

Rod is an RN in Logistics nepean public hospital.

Fallon Nash 

Membership and Information Technology  team memberFallon Nash

 I began my nursing career with a new grad year at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Crows Nest in 2005 and was offered a job whilst there and immediately accepted. 

Three years and a Post Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing later I travelled overseas for a year living and working in the Netherlands. 

Upon my return I began working for St Lukes Private Hospital in the theatres there and loved it, working my way up to Educator and 2IC.  I left that role at the end of 2012 to go on maternity leave. 


I now have two beautiful children and stay at home with them most of the week.  I work casually at St Lukes, Chris O Brien Lifehouse and Sydney Surgical Centre at Randwick, two of those hospitals mainly to scrub for a surgeon I have worked with for 8 years now. 

    Lauren Bradford  Education Team member

Perioperative nursing chose me during one of my student terms while I was doing my undergrad at the University of Sydney (Cumberland).

My career started at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as a scrub/scout in all specialties but especially Neuro, Cardiac and Orthopaedics. While there, I completed my Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing, gained CNS status, and subsequently completed my Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

In 2010 I had an opportunity to move to Toronto, Canada and I was able to start working at SickKids, before making the move into management at Joseph Brant Hospital, Burlington.

On returning to Australia I worked at Healthscope as a Floor Manager and Perioperative Manager, completing my Diploma of Management and learning more about Theatre Management and the Private Hospital system. I am currently on maternity leave and will be returning to work at the SAN as a scrub/scout.  

Angela Coleman        Membership and Information Technology  team member

                                 Education team member

     I am a Registered Nurse currently working in the perioperative suite      at the Canberra Hospital and Health Services, ACT in an instrument      and circulating role.

     I have over thirty years of perioperative experience, mainly in              instrument and circulating, though I have dabbled briefly in                  anaesthetics. I had a brief change of direction from 2000 to 2007          where I worked in the IT industry. During that period I also worked        in theatres on a casual basis.

    I have been an active OTA member since 2007. In 2008 I became         the Chair for Zone 7, then stepped down after 5 years or so into a                                     non-executive role on the Zone 7 committee.



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Benefits of NSW OTA membership:

  • Discounts for perioperative conferences and professional education days
  • Financial assistance for education and other perioperative nursing activities
  • Automatic membership to ACORN – our national perioperative nursing body
  • Networking with Perioperative nurses at state and national levels
  • Access to the 'members only" areas of NSW OTA and ACORN websites
  • Professional recognition

NB: please check the NSW OTA Membership page for further application information and conditions.

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