National Board

The College is led by a National Board of Directors with a National Council advising on key regional and strategic issues facing Nurse Practitioners and the College's membership. 

To contact the National Board or Council please email

Leanne Boase Leanne Boase


Amanda Davies Amanda Davies

Vice President

Hazel Hazel Bucher

National Secretary


Catherine Smith Catherine Smith


Co-Opted Board Members 

Stephanie Dowden

Debra Earl


National Council

New South Wales  Melissa Robinson-Reilly  email NSW Chapter
Northern Territory Verena Tinning  email NT Chapter
Queensland  Melanie Proper  email QLD Chapter
South Australia  Debra Earl  email SA Chapter
Victoria  Vanessa Clothier email VIC Chapter
Western Australia  Stephanie Dowden  email WA Chapter
Tasmania  Kerrie Duggan email TAS Chapter
Australian Capital Territory  Juliane Samara  email ACT Chapter


Our Patron

Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove

Lynne Cosgrove (née Payne) was born and raised in Sydney’s southern suburbs.  After attending Penshurst Girls High School, she studied art, then worked as a layout artist and copywriter in the retail fashion industry before spending several years in the finance sector.  She travelled widely overseas during this period.

In April 2016, Her Excellence Lady Cosgrove accepted the role of Patron of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners.

Lady Cosgrove has been actively involved in the welfare of partners in the defence community and became the inaugural Patron of Partners of Veterans Australia.  She has worked with numerous voluntary organisations supporting aged and disabled people, and endangered Australian wildlife.

Her interests will assist the ACNP to achieve greater recognition and inclusion in the health workforce, which will ultimately benefit the Australian population.