If you have experienced childhood trauma, you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress

1300 657 380
Monday - Sunday
between 9am - 5pm AEDT
or via email helpline@blueknot.org.au

 

Do you need support for the Disability Royal Commission?
Contact our National Counselling & Referral Service on

1800 421 468
9am - 6pm AEDT Mon- Fri
9am - 5pm AEDT Sat, Sun & public holidays


Our People

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Board of Directors

Angela McKenzie-Mountain, Director, Treasurer and Chair

CIMA, CPA

Angela is a senior finance professional with over 20 years’ experience in commerce. She has experience in reporting to the boards of both small and large corporations, some of which were listed on the stock exchange in Australia and the UK.  Angela specialises in Finance, Leadership, Change Management, Governance and Retail. She is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance at the Governance Institute Australia.

Terry Kirkpatrick, Director and Deputy Chair

BA Psychology (Hons), PGrad Dip Psychology, PhD, MAPS

Terry is a registered psychologist with over 30 years clinical experience working in mental health in the public sector, non-government organizations and private practice. Terry is currently appointed by the Minister of Health to the Official Visitor Program under the Mental Health Act (2007). He has researched the impact of trauma and vicarious trauma on emergency service personnel funded by the Australian Research Council. Terry is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and sits on the Advisory Council and Practice Senate as well as serving as the NSW Representative on the National Division of General Practicing Psychologists. He is also a clinical member of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Terry is a survivor of childhood abuse.

Dr Cathy Kezelman, Director

Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM is a medical practitioner, mental health consumer advocate, President of Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma. She is a current member of NSW Child Safety Standing Committee for Survivor and Faith Groups, member of the Advisory Panel of Tzedek, member of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Task Force on Child Protection. She is past director of the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), past member of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW) foundation member of the national Trauma Informed Care and Practice Advisory working Group, member of Independent Advisory Council on Redress. 

Belinda Johnson, Director

JP, B.Bus(Acc), CSA(Cert),MIPA

Belinda Johnson is an Accountant with over 25 years of finance and business experience in a variety of SME's. Belinda has a strong background in corporate governance, business and finance management, audit and risk and competitive/lean manufacturing. Belinda currently is in Public Practice providing Cloud based financial management solutions to a variety of micros and SME. Belinda holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from UWS and a Certificate in Governance Practice with the Governance Institute of Australia.

Philippa Bell, Director

LLB (Hons), BA, Grad Dip (Legal Practice), Grad Dip (Applied Finance and Investment)

Pip is a lawyer with over 15 years of experience across private practice (small and large firms), government and in-house financial institution roles, assisting clients ranging from start-ups through to global brand names with business establishment, capital raising, governance and regulatory matters. She has also provided legal services to cancer patients on a pro bono basis. She currently works in a small, boutique law firm specialising in investment management and financial services regulation. Outside of her work, Pip likes to embark on physical challenges to fundraise for charity and she has raised over $20,000 for a number of worthy causes through long distance running, walking and ocean swimming.

Sarah Gatehouse, Director

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources with a post-graduate diploma from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Her broad generalist experience covers a number of industries both blue and white collar. Most recently she has been responsible for driving meaningful organisational change and transformation which resulted in a significant improvement in culture. Sarah is on the boards of two not for profit organisations who focus on encouraging personal development and success. She has had personal experience in dealing with mental health concerns and values the important work that the Blue Knot Foundation delivers.

Mia Kwok, Director

B.Int Comm; B.Phil (Media)

Mia is an experienced media and communications professional. She focuses on media relations, with a specialisation in finance and property. She currently works with the UDIA to build its PR and content strategy, and is the editor of Urban Icon, a magazine for property developers and planners. She was previously an editor at Business Insider, writer for Yahoo and has worked in various broadcast newsrooms.

Mia was the former Vice President – Equity and Diversity for the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA).

Matthew Rockell, Director

Matt has a background in applied sciences, education, and consulting and and prior to joining Westpac, held the position of Head of Product at Karrikins Group (now EY), a consulting firm with deep expertise in business transformation and community investment. Matt has led the development of community investment strategies, program innovation, impact measurement and evaluation projects for clients across Corporate, NFP, NGO, Community and Government sectors including work for Optus, CBA, Microsoft, Royal Bank of Canada and various government departments and public institutions in Australia and New Zealand.

Currently, Matt runs the Westpac Group Technology division's Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) advancement strategy; including partnerships, sponsorships, community investment programs, employee engagement initiatives and scholarships.


Company Secretary

 JP, B.Bus(Acc), CSA(Cert),MIPA

Belinda Johnson is an Accountant with over 25 years of finance and business experience in a variety of SME's. Belinda has a strong background in corporate governance, business and finance management, audit and risk and competitive/lean manufacturing. Belinda currently is in Public Practice providing Cloud based financial management solutions to a variety of micros and SME. Belinda holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from UWS and a Certificate in Governance Practice with the Governance Institute of Australia.

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Testimonials

“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”

ANONYMOUS

“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”

STEVEN

"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”

TAMARA

Contact Us

Phone: 02 8920 3611
Email: admin@blueknot.org.au
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST

Blue Knot Helpline
Phone: 1300 657 380
Email: helpline@blueknot.org.au 
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

For media comment, please contact:
Dr Cathy Kezelman
+61 425 812 197
+61 2 8920 3611
or ckezelman@blueknot.org.au


For media enquiries, please contact: 
Jackie Hanafie (Mon, Wed, Fri)
+61 3 9005 7353
+61 412 652 439
 or jackie@fiftyacres.com

Julia Macerola (Tue, Wed, Thu)
+61 3 9005 7350
+61 422 337 332
or julia@fiftyacres.com