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Operational staff

The team supporting our researchers

Learn more about the people who work to support the researchers and the Executive Leadership Team.


Rhys Cohen

Senior Project Officer

Rhys acts as a key interface between the Lambert Initiative and government, regulators, industry and consumers. He is responsible for leading a variety of projects within the Lambert Initiative to do with drug policy; the scheduling and rescheduling of cannabis products; NSW Health and TGA/ODC licensing; industry engagement; consumer outreach; and education.


Cheryl Handford

Laboratory Manager 

Cheryl Handford has more than 25 years’ experience working within leading research laboratories throughout Australia. These included: The Garvan Medical Research Institute, Monash Institute of Medical Research and several laboratories within The University of Sydney. Cheryl’s research skills are in molecular biology and cell culture, and for the past ten years she has specialised in laboratory management.


Paulina Wade 

Administration Officer 

Paulina is from Arizona, United States. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Business Administration with a major in Accounting and a minor in Computing Technology & Applications from The University of Alabama in 2007. Paulina has over 10 years’ experience in Accounting and Administration, and joined the Lambert Initiative in March 2018. When she isn’t glued to the computer screen, Paulina enjoys going on hikes, laying on the beach, recreational salsa dancing, and mentoring women in her ministry.