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, Ambassador for KYDS April 2016


Jessica Rowe, AM. Author, journalist and ardent mental health advocate, Jessica Rowe officially became KYDS’ Ambassador in 2016.


Youth Ambassador

Sarah Ashton. As a teenager, with her life spiralling out of control, Sarah Ashton 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 end users. 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.

Manager Clinical Services:

Melanie Low ColourKym Carlson has extensive experience providing counselling for young people and families. Kym has been instrumental in establishing the suite of early intervention school programs run by KYDS, and she regularly runs support groups and education programs for young people and parents in school and community settings. Kym is a a regular speaker and panellist for interagency meetings, staff development sessions for professionals working in the youth and youth education sectors.  Kym holds a bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma of Applied Psychology, and is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).


The Counselling Team:

Melanie Low Colour

Melanie Norman is a provisionally 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 a full-time member of the team, providing individual counselling, and supporting our early intervention school programs, and is based in our Lindfield offices.



Emily Low Colour

Emily Evenhuis is a fully registered psychologist, holding university-level qualifications in both counselling and naturopathy. With broad experience in both group and individual therapy, Emily’s approach is holistic and aims to allow young people to see their worlds from different perspectives and come to new understandings. Emily joined KYDS in March 2014, and is currently available to see clients (both young people and their parents /carers) at our Hornsby centre on Tuesdays, and Lindfield on Thursdays.




Paula Low Colour

Paula Sinclair is passionate about KYDS and about guiding young people and their families through difficult times. She has many years experience working with adolescents as a high school teacher, mentor and life coach. Paula gained university qualifications in Psychology and Counselling, joining KYDS in 2012. Warm and supportive, with a strong creative flair, Paula is available two days a week at Lindfield, and is also extensively involved in the many and varied early intervention school programs run by KYDS. Paula is a member of the Australian Counselling Association.



Alice Low Colour

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, and now holding qualifications in science and counselling, Alice has personally straddled the cross-cultural divide many of our clients face. Alice is an accomplished speaker and workshop presenter,  and sees clients at Hornsby on Mondays, and at KYDS Lindfield on Fridays.

The Management Team

Kym Carlson and Felicity McDonnell are the joint managers of KYDS. Kym holds responsibility for direct service delivery for the organisation, while Felicity leads the essentials of fundraising and administration.

Fund Raising & Admin Support 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, and Linda Sala, Accounts Support.


The activities of KYDS is 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, Cr Chantelle Fornari-Orsmond and Kylie MacDonald