Our Team


Sharon Winton is CEO of Lymphoma Australia, a member of the Lymphoma Coalition and has been a health consumer representative on a number of consumer stakeholder meetings in Australia and overseas

Prior to her current role, Sharon worked with a private health insurance company in relationship and strategic management. Previous to this position Sharon was employed in the health and fitness industry as a physical education teacher and Director of a Sport and Recreation Company.

 Sharon is extremely passionate about ensuring all Australians have equitable access to information and medicines. Over the last 2 years twelve new treatments have been listed on the PBS for both rare and common subtypes of lymphoma.

At the personal and professional level Sharon has been involved with patients, carers and health professionals after Sharon’s mother, Shirley Winton OAM, became the founding president of Lymphoma Australia in 2004.

Josie has worked in the profit-for-purpose industry for over 15 years. Her experience includes professional fundraising, marketing, social media management and communication in a variety of organisations such as drug and alcohol, dementia, cancer and mental health. Her role with Lymphoma Australia commenced in late 2016 and covers special events, fundraising campaigns, direct mail, media, marketing and communication strategies and sponsorship with the aim to increase awareness and raise funds to help support those with lymphoma. 

Josie Cole

National Community Engagement Manager 

Carol Cahill

Community Support Manager

I was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma Oct 2014 and was put on watch and wait. After being diagnosed I found the foundation and knew that I wanted to get involved somehow to create awareness of lymphoma. I started by selling lymphoma merchandise and attending fundraising events and I now am the community support manager and post all the resources to hospitals and patients as well as general office duties. I started treatment in October 2018 with 6 months of chemo (Bendamustine and Obinutuzumab)   and 2 years maintenance ( Obinutuzumab ) I am due to finish January 2021. If I can help just one person on their lymphoma journey, I feel like I am making a difference.

Lymphoma Care Nurse Team

Erica has been a haematology nurse for the past 15 years in a variety of roles.  She is currently the Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma Clinical Nurse Consultant at Gold Coast University Hospital, and joins our team alongside her current role. Erica hopes to develop a balance between the roles to benefit patient outcomes.

Erica Smeaton

Erica Smeaton

National Nurse Manager – Hospitals & Patients – Queensland
Based in Brisbane (National remit), Queensland, Australia

Lisa Oakman

Lisa Oakman

Lymphoma Care Nurse – Queensland
Based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Lisa gained her bachelor’s degree in nursing through the University of Southern Queensland in 2007.  She has experience in Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant ward, bone marrow transplant coordination, apheresis, and Clinical Nurse role in the Haematology outpatient clinics.  Since 2017, Lisa has been working at St Vincent’s Hospital Northside in the Oncology/Haematology ward and in Cancer Care Coordination.  Lisa maintains this position part-time while also providing a wealth of clinical experience to the Lymphoma Australia team in Queensland, working three days a week.

Wendy has recently joined the team with almost 17 years’ experience as a cancer nurse.  She has a broad range of experience in the cancer setting including in private and public health sectors, clinical nursing, apheresis, education and quality and risk management.  She has a passion for health literacy, and empowering staff and consumers with education, policy and procedures, and frameworks to ensure the best outcomes for health consumers.  Wendy shares her time between Lymphoma Australia, Division of Cancer Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital (QLD) and Cancer Institute NSW.

Wendy O'Dea

Health Literacy Nurse – Queensland
Based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Wendy Riordan

Lymphoma Care Nurse – New South Wales
Based in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Wendy has been involved in cancer care and worked as a Registered Nurse, oncology clinical trials nurse and professional counsellor. Wendy has most recently worked for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia as a Blood Cancer Support Coordinator, working closely with haematology cancer nurses and social workers in providing practical, educational, and emotional support to patients, carers, and families. Wendy has vast experience from working in several state and national roles. Her goal and focus are to empower people to live as well as possible with a blood cancer, no matter which cancer pathway they were on.

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