CENA Governance

The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) is a company limited by guarantee which operates to represent the professional interests of emergency nurses. The business of the College is managed by a Board of Directors. The Constitution and legislation underwrite the responsibilities of the Board for CENA governance. The activities of the Board and the College are monitored by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), which is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator.

College governance is guided by the CENA Constitution, which was first adopted on 4th September 2004. It has since undergone minor amendments, each approved by the membership at an Annual General Meeting, the last of which were accepted on the 15th October 2010.

CENA is a national body, which represents emergency nurses nationally. However, some of the day to day work of the organisation is undertaken by Branches, which represent States or Territories. The Branches of CENA are managed by a Committee of Management and CENA members may nominate for positions on their Branch Committee. Members will accept a nomination via vote in the event that there are multiple nominations for a position. If you are interested in joining your Branch Committee of Management click here for a nomination form.

The Board of Directors is comprised of 2 representatives from each Branch Committee of Management; the Branch President and one other nominee. Executive positions on the Board are filled by members of the Board and include; Executive Director, Associate Executive Director, Finance Director and Administrative Director. The Board is also supported by the national office, which provides management, administrative and financial service.

The Board has identified portfolios which represent areas of work consistent with the objectives of the College and has established committees, subcommittees and working groups to address the work of these portfolios. The Finance Director and the Administrative Director chair two portfolios vital to achieving good fiscal and administrative governance of CENA.

CENA has approximately 1,400 members and approximately 80 – 90 of these members are actively involved as members of the Branch Committees, the Board, as representatives on CENA and external subcommittees and working parties or in delivering the education programs offered by CENA.  See the CENA Organisation structure here.

CENA Board of Directors, 2020-2021

Learn more about the CENA Board members here

Julia Morphet 
Executive Director | VIC State President
Wayne Varndell
Associate Executive Director | NSW State President
Jo Morey
Finance Director | VIC State Committee Member
Lorelle Malyon
Administrative Director | QLD State President
Katie East
National Board Director | QLD State Vice President            
Jack Fabian
National Board Director | SA State President
Jasmine Zantvoort
National Board Director | SA State Vice President
Sarah-Louise Laing
National Board Director | WA State President
Chantel Watkins
National Board Director | WA State Vice President
Kevin Dunshea
National Board Director | NT State President
Sean Lannan
National Board Director | TAS State Vice President
Maria Unwin
National Board Director | TAS State President
Marcus Hancock
National Board Director


The current Constitution of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Ltd was adopted at the 2012 Annual General Meeting. 

Download - click here.

Strategic Plan

The CENA Board was pleased to launch our Strategic Plan in early 2015.  In 2017, a new committee structure was developed to achieve the goals outlined in the plan.  

Viiew the Strategic Plan here

CENA Committees

In 2017, a new committee structure was developed to achieve the goals outlined in CENA's Strategic Plan.  Read about and meet our committees here.


The College develops and produces a variety of policies, position statements and standards to support and promote safe emergency nursing practice.  View here