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.
Dr Anthony Rigney, Clinical Services Manager, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Sociology), a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychology, and a Doctor of Psychology (Counselling). His extensive practical experience of child, adolescent and family counselling has been gained across hospital inpatient, residential care, community and educational settings in Australia and the United Kingdom. With international conference presentations and key service innovation roles to his credit, he brings solid academic and leadership credentials to the KYDS team, plus a down to earth and practical approach to dealing with individual clients and the concerns of adolescence.
Ed Lewin is a provisionally registered psychologist, graduating from Macquarie University with a Masters of Professional Psychology. With a passion for psychology and an approachable style, he aims to make mental health support accessible and engaging for young people in need. 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.
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 sees clients and runs one of our group programs at KYDS Lindfield office on Thursday.
Management, Administrative and Funding Support Team
Peter Brophy is the General Manager of KYDS, responsible for facilities management, day to day administration, and compliance matters. Peter joined KYDS in 2018, with a background in ngo-focused health services administration.
Felicity McDonnell is responsible for development activities such as communications and fundraising, and is supported in these activities by Linda Sala (book-keeping and donor receipting), and Karen Taylor (events). This small group of part time staff are supported by a number of committed, enthusiastic, and highly-valued volunteers.
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.
David Jordan, Kylie MacDonald, Mark Northern (Chair), Helen Jarvis, Andrew Price (Vice Chair), Namoi Dougall, Darren Headly-Greaves (Tresurer), Sam Ngai (Secretary), Darren Bark.