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 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.

Manager Clinical Services:

Melanie Low ColourKym Carlson has extensive experience providing counselling for young people and families. Instrumental in establishing the suite of early intervention school programs run by KYDS, Kym regularly runs support groups and education programs for young people and parents in school and community settings. Kym is a regular speaker / panellist for interagency meetings and 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, based in our Lindfield office.



Eddy Lewin is a provisionally registered psychologist. Eddy first joined KYDS while studying, to undertake the requisite professional placement hours required in his profession, and upon completion of his studies in 2017, Eddy became a permanent member of the team. Eddy is based at our Lindfield centre.




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 holds post-graduate qualifications in Psychology and Counselling. Warm and supportive, with a strong creative flair, Paula is available two days a week at Lindfield, is extensively involved in our early intervention programs for schools, and 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