Marion McCloud Chair 

Marion is a well networked and flexible thinker with strong audit, marketing and stakeholder management skills. She has a deep understanding of complex business environments across a range of sectors including, banking, telecommunications, technology, education, government, the health sector and logistics. Learn more about Marion’s expertise here


Gretchen Gagel Director

Gretchen is an experienced consultant to the nonprofit sector, building upon her successful career in the industry and her management consulting career in the construction industry. She consults in the areas of fundraising and sustainability, strategic and business planning, finance, and public policy advocacy.

Fabian Dattner Director

Fabian is a founding member of Homeward Bound, a speaker, educator and social entrepreneur, and a regular commentator in the media on leadership and ethical issues in Australia today and the role of women in building a sustainable future. Learn more about Fabian’s expertise here

Michelle Crouch Treasurer, Secretary and Deputy Chair

Michelle Crouch is Operations Director and a leadership coach/consultant at Dattner Grant, with over 20 years’ business experience. She is a HB founding Board member and on the Hub as the Foundations theme leader. Michelle has also been a leadership coach for HB and a member of the HB3 on-board faculty. . Learn more about Michelle’s expertise here

Dr Mary-Anne Lea Director

Mary-Anne is a polar marine ecologist whose research focuses on the influence of climate change and variability within the marine environment on top predator behaviour, and distributions in the Southern Ocean and Alaska.  She is a Homeward Bound co-founder and has been an on-board Science facilitator for HB1 and HB2. Learn more about Mary-Anne’s expertise here

Dr Justine D. Shaw Director

Justine is a Homeward Bound co-founder and has been on-board Science facilitator on HB1 and HB2. She is a Research Fellow, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, The University of Queensland, Australia, a research leader in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic conservation and a founder of the Women in Polar Science Network. Learn more about Justine’s expertise here

Xuehau Zhang Director

Xuehau Zhang is a Professor of Environmental and Climate Policy from the Institute of New Energy and Low Carbon Technology of Sichuan University, Sichuan, China. Her area of research interests is environmental policymaking, environmental governance, agricultural pollution control, ecological farming, urban waste management, and environmental legal institutions.

HB Governance and Strategy

Homeward Bound (HB), born of a dream in 2014, has grown and evolved organically over its first few years – in response to experience, feedback, changing needs and the ideas of various committed stakeholders. In November 2018, Homeward Bound Projects continued its evolution in important ways.

At inception, HB was set up as a private company, although we have always operated as a social enterprise. Over the last several months we have been changing the set-up to become a public company limited by guarantee, as a precursor to applying for not-for-profit status. We hope this will enable more individuals and organisations to support Homeward Bound and its participants in fundraising efforts through tax-exempt donations.

The formation of this new legal entity precipitated a different iteration of key HB teams (although it has not changed the fundamentally interconnected and collaborative, rather than traditionally hierarchical, nature of these in operation) and has also seen the introduction of a Board of Directors.

You can read more about our current team structure below, and click through to discover the members of our faculty teams.

Underpinning all we do and strive towards is the vision and purpose of Homeward Bound. To guide us, we have developed a Strategy Map, which is a document that outlines the key needs and deliverables of this global initiative. The strategy is reviewed annually and updated as required to reflect any new developments or changes in priority or focus. Each key pillar of the strategy – or ‘theme’ – has a leader who is responsible for development and implementation towards achievement of the stakeholder expectations around HB Experience, HB Impact, HB Impact and the underpinning enabler of HB Foundations.

HB Team Structure Summary

Board of Directors
Responsible for oversight of Homeward Bound. Doing so by providing strategic networking; supporting the purpose, strategy and values of HB; acting as advisor to the Business Hub, faculty and other teams as and when required; and assisting in the mitigation of risk.

Business Hub
Responsible for running the HB business, making and managing key decisions, ensuring the delivery of the HB Strategy. Also oversight of all operational decisions regarding scheduling, ships and building/managing strategic alliances, in order to ensure the growing impact and sustainability of HB.

Program Management Team
This small but dedicated team – working from ‘HB HQ’ – aims to ensure the successful administration and delivery of the Homeward Bound initiative; principally, its leadership programs but also its outreach activities. They also help facilitate the development and growth of Homeward Bound by supporting and coordinating key HB teams and stakeholders in the implementation of strategy towards achievement of HB’s vision and purpose.

Faculty Teams
Responsible for development and delivery of content – online, onshore and on-board – for each annual program.

Fundraising Team
Lead the development and implementation of a strategic fundraising plan, building and managing strategic alliances with the Board, Business Hub and Leadership Group.

Leadership Group
Includes all the key HB teams – faculty, Hub, Board, program management – and also individuals who in various ways are active in taking the lead and/or contributing their expertise to content, operations, strategy and new/emerging initiatives in support of Homeward Bound.

Click here or on the image to view Homeward Bound’s Strategy Map and Definitions.


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