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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

Special Responsibilities: Company Secretary

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 AM, Director and President

Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM is a medical practitioner, mental health consumer advocate, President of Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, member of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW). 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), foundation member of the national Trauma Informed Care and Practice Advisory working Group, member of Independent Advisory Council on Redress. 

Cathy worked in medical practice for 20 years, mostly as a GP. Under her stewardship Blue Knot Foundation has grown from a peer support organisation to a national centre of excellence combining a prominent consumer voice with that of researchers, academics and clinicians advocating for socio-political trauma-informed 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. She is co-author of multiple seminal Blue Knot Foundation documents Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service DeliveryThe 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, the Talking about Trauma series and The Truth of Memory and Memory of Truth

 



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.

Belinda Bentley, Director

BSc BA MProDev GAICD

Belinda is a highly regarded property professional who specialises in transactions and development. Belinda’s experience varies from residential and commercial transactions to being responsible for some of the most complex development projects and portfolios in Australia with values ranging from A$30m to over A$1b. Belinda is also a Non-Executive Director of Link Housing, a nationally registered Tier 1 Community Housing Provider.

Belinda is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is a member of the Urban Land Institute's Sydney District Council.


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.

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.

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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: 
Carolyn Boyd
0425 201 096 or carolyn@fiftyacres.com