The passion, support and dedication of our people is central to the way we reach out to, and then work with young people in need.
The Public Faces of KYDS
Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir, AD CVO. Professor Bashir has served as Patron of KYDS since 2005. It is both an honour and a privilege to have her support.
Jessica Rowe, AM. Author, journalist and ardent mental health advocate, Jessica Rowe officially became KYDS’ Ambassador in 2016.
Sarah Ashton. As a teenager with her life spiralling out of control, Sarah turned to KYDS for help. Sarah now helps raise both awareness and funds for KYDS, by speaking about her personal mental health journey.
Service Delivery Team
KYDS employs a team of passionate, approachable and professional clinicians who provide individual counselling support, and outreach education services, to our clients. From time to time, KYDS also takes on placement counsellors and youth workers, who volunteer their time at KYDS, as part of the supervised placement hours required for them to obtain full qualifications in their chosen fields.
The Counselling Team:
Melanie Norman is a registered psychologist, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology, and membership of the Australian Psychological Society. Melanie has experience counselling adults and young people in both workplace and community settings, and draws on a range of therapeutic methodologies to develop individualised therapy programs for each client she works with. Melanie is available to see clients at our Lindfield office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Ed Lewin is a provisionally registered psychologist. Ed has been a workshop facilitator at KYDS since 2013, and completed his provisional placement hours here whilst studying his Masters of Professional Psychology. Upon completion of his studies in 2017, became a permanent member of the team. Based at our Lindfield centre, Ed is available to see clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Paula Sinclair is passionate about KYDS and about guiding young people and their families through difficult times. With many years experience working with adolescents as a high school teacher, mentor and life coach, Paula holds post-graduate qualifications in Psychology and Counselling. Warm and supportive, with a strong creative flair, Paula sees clients on Mondays and Fridays at Lindfield, is involved in our early intervention programs for schools, and is a member of the Australian Counselling Association.
Alice Cheok has been with us for a number of years, initially in a volunteer role, and more recently joining our permanent staff team. Arriving in Australia as a 12-year old refugee, growing up in Adelaide, Alice has personally straddled the cross-cultural divide many of our clients face. Alice holds tertiary qualifications in both science and counselling, is an accomplished speaker and workshop presenter, seeing clients at KYDS Hornsby on Mondays, and Lindfield on Fridays.
The Management Team
Felicity McDonnell is currently managing KYDS on a day-to-day basis, with support from the KYDS Clinical Governance Committee. Felicity’s usual role concentrates on the essentials of fundraising and administration.
Administration & Funding Team
Fundraising, marketing, compliance and general operations management are the responsibility of a small team of part time staff, supported by many volunteers. Key members of this team are Felicity McDonnell, Business & Funding Manager, Linda Sala, Accounts Support, and Karen Taylor, Fundraising & Events Coordinator.
The activities of KYDS are overseen by a voluntary Committee of Management (our “Board”). Various sub-committees liaise with our staff group, reporting in to the board on matters such as Clinical Governance, Audit & Risk, Fundraising, etc.
Left to right: Charlie Murton (Treasurer), Darren Bark, Pam McGaw, Mark Northern (Chair), Namoi Dougall, Andrew Price (Vice Chair) Trish Barrett, David Jordan (Secretary). Absent from the photo are two committee members appointed since the December 2016 annual general meeting, Kylie MacDonald and Cr Sam Ngai. Trish Barrett resigned from the board in August 2017.