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Board of Directors

Belinda Johnson, Chairperson

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.

 

Angela McKenzie-Mountain, Director and Treasurer

BA Acc, CPA, CIMA

 

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 InstituteAustralia.

 

 

Terry Kirkpatrick, Director and Company Secretary

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 Sydney Branch Management Committee and he is also a clinical member of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Terry is a survivor of childhood abuse. 

Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, Director and President

MBBS (Hons) 

Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM is a medical practitioner, mental health consumer advocate, President of Blue Knot Foundation, director of Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) 2009-2014, member of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW), member of the Advisory Panel of Tzedek, member of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Task Force on Child Protection and member of the Commonwealth Redress Advisory Council.

Under her stewardship Blue Knot Foundation has grown from a peer support organisation to a leading national organisation combining a prominent consumer voice with that of researchers, academics and clinicians advocating for socio-political change and informed responsiveness to complex trauma. She is a prominent voice in the media and at conferences, as well as author of a memoir chronicling her journey of recovery from child sexual abuse: Innocence Revisited- a tale in parts. 

On Australia Day 2015, Cathy was awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for significant service to community health as a supporter and advocate for survivors of child abuse". 

She is co-author of the Blue Knot Foundation documents Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia and Trauma and the Law: Applying trauma informed practice to legal and judicial contexts.

 

Elana Cohen, Director

BSc Psychology (Hons), MScMed (Psychotherapy)
Elana is a psychologist and psychotherapist with extensive experience in working with trauma. She also has an interest in biofeedback, in particular Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback, which is an evidence-based treatment modality. Prior to her career as a psychologist and psychotherapist Elana spent 18 years in the corporate sector. She is a clinical member of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP), a member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP), an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is Treasurer to the APS Neurofeedback and Psychology Interest Group. She is also an active member of the ASCA Clinical Advisory Committee and the ANZAP Education Sub-Committee. Elana works in private practice.

Sharon Rockell, Director

BCmn, Marketing and Event Management

Sharon has more than 14 years’ experience in media and communications, predominantly in financial services firms. She specialises in reputation management strategy, media relations, issues and crisis management, internal communications and strategic planning. Previous roles include Head of Corporate Affairs and Head of Communications for large divisions at two of Australia’s major banks.  She is currently in Group Media Relations at a major Australian Bank. Sharon also serves as a Strategic Advisor (Media & Communications) for the Australian Futures Project and was previously an advisory committee member for the MLC Community Foundation.

Adrian Heath, Director

Grad Cert Adult Ed Training, HND Business & Finance

Adrian is a leadership speaker, facilitator, coach and consultant. He is a director of Evolution Learning and member of The Supernova Tribe speaker agency. He has eighteen years of knowledge and experience developing, conducting and leading successful development and transformation programs for major corporations across Australasia, Asia and Oceania.

Clare Hallam , Director

Clare has more than 10 years’ experience working across Australia’s high-growth startup eco-system. Her extensive skills in governance, operations, investment due diligence and silo busting culture growth for technology businesses underpin her success in advising, guiding and mentoring innovation and commercialization of early stage business and larger innovation programs across the corporate and education sectors. She has an interest in evidence based learning and how experimentation supports and drives business decisions.

Marie-Claire Cheron-Sauer

Marie-Claire is a social worker with extensive clinical, policy and senior management experience in health and human services across a number of fields. She is an accredited mental health professional with experience in leading program development and reviews and the delivery of training in trauma, psychological management of critical incidents and suicide risk assessment and intervention. She is an experienced coach and supervisor for people who are leading teams and for professionals within health and human services, working in government, non-profit and commercial sectors.  

Marie-Claire’s most recent previous roles have included: National Clinical Director,1800RESPECT and Director Support Programs, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. She has her own consultancy practice and continues to consult with 1800RESPECT in the role of clinical advisor and as a member of the National Sector Advisory Group. She is also currently completing a Doctorate in Social Work at UNSW Sydney. 

Marie-Claire holds a number of honorary appointments, including: National Vice-President, Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Board Director, Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) and committee member, School of Social Work Advisory Committee, Australian Catholic University (ACU), Sydney. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a 2012 Churchill Fellow. 

 

 

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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 AM
0425 812 197 or ckezelman@blueknot.org.au

For media enquiries, please contact: 
Jo Scard
0457 725 953 or jo@fiftyacres.com