About 9 Our team

Meet our team

Our team members are specially trained professionals who are here to support you in the best way possible. They will work with you to tailor services that suit your particular circumstances.

Kate Timmins

Chief Executive Officer

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Kate has more than 20 years experience in social services, including women’s homelessness, family and domestic violence, trauma-informed care and mental health.

Kate has been the Chief Executive Officer of the B Miles Women’s Foundation since 2015 and has experience in leadership, NGO management, coaching, policy and planning in the community services sector. She also has qualifications in communications and counselling as well as family dispute resolution. 

Kate is a passionate advocate for the specialisation of women’s services and was the spokesperson for the SOS Women’s Services campaign in 2014, which successfully saw funding to women’s refuges across Sydney extended and other women’s services provide a 24-hour service response.

She’s also passionate about helping women experiencing homelessness, trauma or domestic violence and is committed to innovation and policy change in these areas.

Sharlene Harkness

Client Services Manager (maternity leave)

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Sharlene (she/her) has more than a decade of experience in social services and has been with B Miles Women’s Foundation since 2011. She comes from a community services background and is a strong advocate in the psychosocial issues that women experience. Sharlene is passionate about social justice, particularly for women who experience psychiatric disability and lack access to long-term housing and mental health support.

Sharlene works from a trauma informed care and recovery-based framework and believes that recovery and living a meaningful life is possible for everyone.

Staff are so kind and always go the extra mile to assist with any problems.

Kara Holmes

Clinical Psychologist and Consultant

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Kara (she/her) has worked with B Miles Women’s Foundation in various roles since 2007. In 2015, she completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) and established a private psychology practice that primarily works with women engaged in Sydney’s specialist homelessness sector. Kara’s approach to therapy is relational and skills-based (Mindfulness, DBT, ACT, CBT). Kara is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.  Kara is passionate about enabling access to psychological therapy for women who are in recovery from homelessness/housing instability via B Miles’ Clinical Services Program.

Kerry McCarthy

Project Manager

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Kerry (she/her) has worked at B Miles Women’s Foundation since 2016. She has over 10 years’ experience in social services and holds a degree in psychology. After university Kerry went onto work in mental health rehab for males with complex mental health needs with a forensic background.

Kerry is passionate about raising mental health awareness, social justice and building a more equal and inclusive future for all. And, she loves that in her role she gets to work with so many amazing, compassionate and resilient women.

Eleanor O’Donovan

Case Manager

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Eleanor (she/her) joined B Miles Women’s Foundation in 2020. She has six years’ experience in social services with a background in crisis support services and outreach work. Eleanor holds a degree in Social Care from Technological University Dublin and is currently undergoing training to specialise in delivering Housing First practice education to homeless services in Australia.

Eleanor’s favourite part about working at B Miles Women’s Foundation is having the privilege of getting to assist someone towards making meaningful positive changes in their lives, no matter how big or small.

Sarah Casserly

Case Manager

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Sarah (she/her) has worked at B Miles Women’s Foundation since 2019. Before working at the Foundation, she was a social worker in Ireland working with families and children. She has 5 years’ experience working within community services and holds a Bachelor of Hons Degree in Social Studies – Social Work.

Sarah is passionate about mental health education and reducing and challenging stigma. She enjoys working collaboratively with the women she supports to navigate challenging moments and helping them to work towards a more stable future.

Lok Chen

Case Manager

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Lok (she/her) has worked for B Miles Women’s Foundation since late 2016. She has more than a decade of experience in the community services sector across specialised case management, supporting women impacted by mental ill health and domestic/family violence, commonwealth programs for people aging in their own home and occupational rehabilitation for injured workers.

Lok holds a Master of Social Work (Qualifying) as well as a GradDip in Rehabilitation Counselling. She loves making a little difference every day, sharing the joy when clients receive housing offers and moments when they celebrate their achievements.

Belma Torres

Acting Client Services Manager

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Belma (she/her) has worked within social services for over 10 years across a variety of sectors, including mental health, addictions, community health and case management. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work in 2012 which included a specialisation in alcohol and other drug counselling.

Belma has been a case manager with B Miles Women’s Foundation since 2018 and has relished the opportunity to engage with an organisation that shares her passion for assisting women in a holistic manner that addresses the need for advocacy within larger systems and celebrates the diversity of those accessing the homelessness sector.

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Helen Ascott

Case Manager

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Helen (she/her) has more than 10 years of experience working in social services and has a strong background in a variety of community service settings.

Helen is passionate about providing support and advocacy to women with complex needs who are experiencing hardship, homelessness and mental health issues.

Lucia Henao-Urrego

Case Manager

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Lucia (she/her) joined B Miles Women’s Foundation in 2022. She has worked in the homelessness sector for three years and has provided support to women, children and men.

Lucia has a background in psychology and holds a master’s degree in counselling. Lucia is a firm believer in each individual’s potential to flourish and she is passionate about social justice, equality, health care availability, and mental health education. She enjoys contributing to making a difference in people’s lives, and empowering women during their journeys.

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