On-board Lead Facilitator
HB4 on-board Lead Facilitator
At the heart of Fern’s work is an interest in interconnections – e.g. between humanity and nature, science and society, theory and practice, thought and action. Holding a PhD across biology and political science, Fern is an award-winning expert in transdisciplinary research; she is passionate about weaving different fields of knowledge together. Her work has particularly focused on understanding the interface between science, ethics and politics in environmental decision-making, and practising a politics of ecological care.
Living and working in Norway, Fern currently works as the Scientific Secretary of NAMMCO (North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission) – an intergovernmental organisation providing scientific advice for policy on the management of whales and seals. She also runs her own yoga and meditation studio, The Peaceful Wild. She has previously worked as a Research Professor of Environmental Governance, leading an array of international research projects and teaching across biology, business studies, philosophy, medicine and engineering. She is also a past president of the international Society for the Study of New and Emerging Technologies (S.NET), member of the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board, and expert delegate to the IUCN and IPBES. Fern is an HB2 Alumna, and will bring together all of her experience to ensure the smooth and effective flow of HB4 on-board content delivery in her lead facilitation role.
Leadership Stream Leader and online facilitator
HB4 on-board Leadership facilitator and coach
HB4 Elder and on-board Leadership facilitator
HB4 on-board Leadership facilitator / LSI coach
HB4 on-board Leadership facilitator / LSI coach
Fabian is well known to many Australians. She is founding partner of highly regarded leadership experts Dattner Grant, and founder of Compass, a national leadership initiative for women. Dattner Grant are also the initiators of Women at Their Best, a Facebook site for ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Fabian is widely recognised for her commitment to helping hundreds of men and women, in as many organisations from Board to basement. She has multiple technical accreditations and has been included in as many books as she’s written. She’s 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. She has been three times a finalist in the Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards (last in 2016) and has been selected as one of the NAB 2016’s 100 Women of Influence. To connect with Fabian: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook.
Musimbi is the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. This role is the genesis of a lifetime spent advocating for girls’ and women’s health and human rights. From national student leader working towards the abolition of apartheid in South Africa, and serving on United Nations and other international youth forums, to becoming the first non-white woman to be appointed CEO of the World YWCA in 1998, which she transformed into an organisation led predominantly by young women under 30.
Prior to joining GFW, Musimbi’s passion for philanthropy and technology as vehicles to drive social change saw her managing a $30m grant-making portfolio as Director for Population and Reproductive Health at David and Lucile Packard Foundation. In her time at GFW, grants have surpassed $100m and she has elevated the organisation’s influence through a significant media presence and speaking engagements globally.
Musimbi has a PhD in Linguistics and a doctorate in Feminist Theology. In 2014, she was named one of the 21 women leaders for the 21st century by Women’s E-News. In 2015, Forbes magazine named her one of 10 women ‘power brands’ working for gender equality. She serves on numerous Boards, has done a TED talk with over a million views, and now follows Christiana Figueres as the second Homeward Bound ‘elder’, on HB4.
Graciela is a professional in the end-to-end cycle of organisational change and behavioural initiatives, from strategy formulation to implementation and embedment. She brings over 18 years’ experience as an organisational consultant, facilitator, executive coach, MBA lecturer and sought-after speaker. She works with C-suite executives and their teams, assisting organisations and leaders to achieve their full potential. She has global experience working in Australia, UK, USA, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Indonesia.
Graciela is a ‘provocateur’, challenging and developing conscious learning in leaders and organisations. She is able to quickly inspire credibility and confidence, forming long-lasting relationships. Her leadership style has been described as insightful, dynamic and passionate.
Graciela holds a Master of Management, a Postgraduate Degree in Narrative Therapy, a Degree (Honours) in Social Psychology and a Degree (Honours) in Social Communication Science.
For the last five years, Graciela has followed her passion – travelling the world in her motorhome. She has loved following ‘the path less travelled’, exploring nature and volunteering her expertise in developing communities. She has also been a volunteer LSI coach for Homeward Bound for the last three years.
Lorraine is a highly experienced counsellor, coach and facilitator. She spent many years working as a teacher and counsellor in secondary schools in New Zealand before moving into private practice, then ultimately joining Human Synergistics Australia as part of their consulting and training team. She is considered a global expert in working with the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) to help leaders become more effective in their roles and more fulfilled in their personal lives.
Her focus is on empowering individuals. Over her 20+ years of experience, Lorraine has become widely recognised for her use of psychodrama in her counselling approach, to enable people to revisit their past. She is passionate in her efforts to help individuals see their intrinsic value, understand what might have led them to believe their value was dependent on others or tasks, and develop a relationship with themselves that is compassionate and loving. History can be rewritten. Anchored in a belief in one’s own creative potential, anything is possible.
Lorraine has a Masters in Counselling and the highest level membership of ACA and NZAC. She lives between Australia and New Zealand, splitting her time between her career and being an active mother and grandmother.
Dr Justine D. Shaw
Science Stream Leader and online facilitator
HB4 on-board Science facilitator
Assoc. Prof. Mary-Anne Lea
Science Stream Leader and online facilitator
HB4 on-board Science facilitator
Justine is a Research Fellow, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, The University of Queensland, Australia. She is a research leader in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic conservation. Justine is interested in understanding the way in which species interact with each other and how this shapes ecosystems. Her research examines the role of environmental factors in influencing species abundance, distribution and occurrence. Justine is currently examining the impacts of humans on Antarctica and how we can better protect it. She is investigating how island ecosystems respond to pest eradications to inform conservation decision making.
Justine has a large global research network, having worked in Australia, South Africa, sub-Antarctic/Antarctic and the Arctic. She has been ‘going south’ for over 20 years and is passionate about expedition science, having spent many hours in the snow, wind and rain with a pack on her back. Through her research and engagement, she hopes to further conservation of these last true wilderness areas.
She is chair of the SCAR Action group on Integrated Science for the sub-Antarctic and an executive member of the Australian Academy of Science, Early Mid-Career Research Forum and is a subject editor for several scientific journals. Justine is a strong advocate for gender equity and inclusivity in STEMM. She is a co-founder of Homeward Bound and the Women in Polar Science Network. Justine is a Homeward Bound co-founder and has been on-board Science facilitator also on HB1 and HB2.
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 has participated in over 20 remote expeditions and voyages to study marine mammals and seabirds. Currently, Mary-Anne is an Associate Professor in the Ecology and Biodiversity Centre at the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.
She is a strong advocate for equity and inclusivity in all walks of life, and is happiest when collaborating with others. Mary-Anne has worked with researchers all over the globe and across systems (sub-Antarctic/Antarctic, sub-Arctic Alaska and North Pacific and temperate). She is a member of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) CCAMLR delegation, the SCAR Expert Group of Birds and Marine Mammals and also co-founded the Women in Polar Science Network. She is a Homeward Bound co-founder and has been an on-board Science facilitator for HB1 and HB2.
Cassandra is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She draws on a diversity of disciplines including marine science, environmental policy, and science communication to find solutions to pressing environmental problems. She has a fierce passion for Antarctica; the last 15 years of her career have focused on marine science and conservation in the region.
She has toiled as a federal fisheries observer on New England groundfish boats, and worked in marine labs across the United States, including graduate work at Moss Landing Marine Labs, where she studied life history of the Antarctic toothfish in the Ross Sea, a population that supports the most remote fishery on Earth.
Driven by a desire to take her science further, Cassandra is also an accomplished science communicator. She’s published more than 150 articles and multimedia stories, and was a core member of The Last Ocean, a grand-scale media project focused on protecting the Ross Sea, Antarctica. To pursue expertise in the policy realm, Cassandra completed a PhD at Stanford University, studying marine protection in the Antarctic. Her work helped drive the adoption of the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea – one of healthiest and most productive marine ecosystems left on Earth. For her efforts, in 2015, she was awarded a Switzer Fellowship in Environmental Leadership. Cassandra is also currently the Deputy Chief Officer of SCAR’s Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System.
Visibility Stream Leader and online facilitator
HB communications and campaign strategist
Dr Jen Martin
HB4 on-board Sci-Comms Facilitator
Ana Payo Payo
HB4 on-board Communications & Logistics
Sarah is a communications, marketing and social and digital media strategist with deep experience across corporate, non-profit and government sectors in Australia and internationally. She is passionate about helping women find their voice and become more visible through purpose-driven communications and leadership, having worked with male and female leaders and executives for more than 15 years in strategic and coaching capacities, including most recently leading social and digital communications for ANZ Bank. She is a Director of Visibility Co, working with businesses, start-ups and emerging leaders and putting into play her passion for courageous ideas, authentic leadership, creative thinking and collaboration, leveraging the latest and most exciting frontiers of communication and technology. Sarah has co-created the Visibility program for Homeward Bound, has been on-board facilitator for HB2; she has also led the communications, and social and digital media strategy for the initiative up to mid-2018, and again from May 2019.
Julia’s vision is that when her two little daughters are grown, the world will have been brought back from the brink. However, global systemic change is urgently needed and more women leaders are necessary for that scale of change: the reason Julia joined the founding leadership team of Homeward Bound in 2015. She co-created the Visibility program and has also been on-board facilitator for the inaugural program, HB1.
Julia is a communicator, strategist, coach and activist who believes that visibility – the combination of self-aware leadership and authentic, strategic communications – is a key that can unlock potential and accelerate positive change. As co-founder of the Visibility program, her intention is to support women in STEMM with the will and skills to be purposefully visible, in order to create better outcomes for the planet. Julia is a co-founder of Visibility Co., a strategic consultancy that works with purpose-driven individuals and change-makers in government, non-profit and corporate settings. Julia started her career as a journalist, spending five years as a foreign correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and holding senior roles at Reuters and The Times of London. Her top four values are justice, compassion, courage and making a difference.
Jen spent many years working as a field ecologist, until she decided the most useful thing she could contribute as a scientist was to teach other scientists how to be effective and engaging communicators. Jen founded, leads and teaches the University of Melbourne’s acclaimed Science Communication Teaching Program. She is deeply committed to helping scientists develop the skills they need to be visible, make connections and have impact.
Jen also practices what she preaches: for nearly 15 years she’s been talking about science each week on 3RRR, Australia’s largest community radio station, she writes a popular science blog, is a member of the Science Gallery Melbourne Leonardos and writes for CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine. In order to face the impostor syndrome head-on, Jen is currently embracing a variety of new challenges. These include hosting medical podcasts, writing a science communication textbook and running marathons.
Ana is an adventure-lover, scientist and speaker who advocates for diversity, science and climate action. With a strong scientific background, Ana understands that science needs to be at the forefront of climate action. Ana works as a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen. Her research links theoretical and empirical ecology to inform biodiversity conservation. Ana believes that, for science to shape people’s actions, it needs to be communicated effectively. She helps scientists and organisations to communicate their science through innovative performing arts. In 2018, she hosted her own science stand-up comedy TV show. Ana is an HB2 Alumna; for HB4, she will play a critical role facilitating ship-to-shore communications/media and, on the ground in Ushuaia as well as on-ship, she will help ensure participants and faculty have what they need when they need it, as the administration/logistics representative of HB HQ.
Strategy Stream Leader and online facilitator
HB4 on-board Strategy facilitator and coach
Kit has spent more than 25 years helping leading organisations manage strategic change, and is recognised as the global expert and thought leader in strategy mapping. Kit has held leadership positions in both consulting and industry. She has served as Group Director of Strategy Management for Rexam PLC, and headed up Strategy Execution and Organisation & Leadership Development for TORI. She is the Managing Partner of Strategy Together, a network of expert consultants in executing strategy with recent clients that include Unilever, Anglo American, John Lewis Partnership, Elmwood Design, BMW Financial Services, State Street, HSBC, Just, Tele2 and the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism. During her tenure as VP and Managing Director at the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative (later, Palladium Group), Kit led and developed the firm’s consulting, conference and education business for northern Europe, and led Kaplan and Norton’s research group. She also co-founded the firm’s operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Several of Kit’s clients are named in the BSC Hall of Fame for executing strategy.
With her forthright, collaborative leadership style, she works with leadership teams to help them implement the right strategic processes, disciplines, organisational changes, and behaviours to achieve and manage business strategy. Clients value Kit’s passion for results and pragmatic approach to facilitating the right strategic conversations to surface and address issues efficiently and effectively. Kit is a coach in personal strategy and practice to fulfill whole-of-life aspirations. In her spare time she is a school governor and leads the Strategy stream of Homeward Bound. She has also been Strategy facilitator on-shore for HB3 and on-board for HB1.
Dr Sophie Adams
Wellbeing Team Leader
HB4 Reflective Practice Coordinator
Sophie is a Consultation Liaison Psychiatrist. She is Clinical Director at headspace Glenroy, Sunshine, Werribee and Craigieburn, and also at Orygen, National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health. Her interests encompass leadership, culture, clinical governance, youth mental health, neuropsychiatry and somatoform disorders. In her day-to-day work, she manages complex systems of people in health services and has a humanistic collaborative leadership style. Sophie believes true meaning comes from enabling others to flourish. She is a clinician who both works with young people and leads within teams, and also an academic with research interests in neuropsychiatry and service system provision. She is interested in resilience and shared decision making. Sophie has a lifelong love of true wilderness and roaming in the world. Sophie is also an HB2 Alumna, and was on-board independent Mental Health clinician for HB3.
Sandra is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Mindful, the Victorian state-wide Child & Adolescent Mental Health teaching and training unit for professionals working with children, young people and their families. Mindful is part of the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne. Sandra has held a number of key leadership positions in Mental Health: as the inaugural Chief Child Psychiatrist (2009–11), in the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist with the Victorian Department of Health and as the inaugural Clinical Director of headspace – National Youth Mental Health Foundation (2012–16).
Sandra has successfully led teams working in complex environments, from direct service delivery to designing new systems of care to influencing government policy.In particular, she has had longstanding interest in developing innovative ways of working with and reaching out to vulnerable young people, and their families and carers. She has a collaborative and inclusive leadership style, and is passionate about enabling people to work at their best. Travelling the world, walking on the local surf beach and playing in the garden bring her joy.
Kate is a capacity development consultant, with over two decades of international experience. She has consulted in Australia and in dozens of countries across Asia-Pacific, designing, implementing and evaluating capacity-building and leadership programs for the international aid and development sector, the Australian Environment Movement, the water sector, and the Defence and Intelligence communities.
In addition to leadership development, Kate’s areas of focus include professional, executive and life coaching; gender diversity and social inclusion across cultures; community development; human-centred design and systems thinking for social innovation; strategic planning; program design and evaluation; soft skills training and group facilitation.
Kate is a Board Member of WaterAid Australia; the Programs Director at the Peter Cullen Water & Environment Trust; the Founding Director of Studio Wild Consulting; and Founding Partner of Trader & Co, a social change collective empowering rural Australians to meet, share, create. She holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Science, is an HB1 Alumna, and has been the Reflective Practice Coordinator for HB2, HB3 and now again for HB4.
HB4 Antarctic Expedition Leader
Maria grew up in Newfoundland, Canada. Deeply connected with nature, she spent her childhood summers exploring this province that has a strong sense of place, dramatic coastlines, sweeping barrens, thick boreal forests, rich wildlife and outport culture. In 1989, her adventurous spirit led her west to Jasper, Alberta, where she fell in love with the mountains and mountain activities. Climbing, backcountry skiing and caving dominated her life for the next few years, during which her curiosity about this environment developed into a fascination with geology, resulting in a degree from the University of Calgary.
After a spell working as a geoscientist in Calgary, the mountains drew her back to Canmore, Alberta and the start of a career in outdoor adventure and education, initially as a technical cave guide and as an educator for the Yoho Burgess Shale Foundation. This was interspersed with many personal adventures, including an expedition to explore caves with high CO2 in Thailand with National Geographic.
She eventually became a co-owner and operator of Yamnuska Mountain Adventures, Canada’s premier mountain instruction and guiding school, until 2010 when they sold the company. Since 2012, Maria has combined her geology, guiding skills and maritime beginnings, and now spends up to six months a year working as a lecturer and expedition leader in the Arctic and Antarctic. She is passionate about the polar regions and their conservation, and has embraced the opportunity to nurture ambassadors for these areas through her work.