Leadership Stream Faculty
The Leadership program aims to provide insight into participants’ leadership mindset and style, and the impact this has on their ability to act as a leader in our world. A range of diagnostic tools are used – Life Styles Inventory™ and 4MAT – supported by dedicated coaching. Participants work on developing and articulating purpose and values, explore motivation for leading, emotional intelligence and how to manage difficult conversations.
Founder of Homeward Bound
Leadership Stream Leader
HB1, HB2 & HB3 on-board Leadership facilitator and coach
Fabian Dattner is well known to many Australians. She is founding partner of Dattner Grant (Facebook Page), highly regarded leadership experts, and founder of Compass (Facebook Page), 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.
Connect with Fabian: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook
Homeward Bound Founding Team Member
HB3 on-board Leadership Stream coach & Program Logistics
As Director of Operations with Dattner Grant over the last 10 years, Michelle has worked alongside Fabian as a ‘trusted advisor’ and is responsible for the overall operations of this business. This background plus over 20 years’ business experience, enables Michelle to bring a unique blend of business skill and insightful thinking to enable individuals to develop a greater sense of self-awareness. Her passion is supporting people who are in transition or interested in personal growth, to enable them to reach their full potential and recognise and accept who they can be as a leader in a holistic whole-of-life way.
Program Design Leader
HB1 & HB2 on-board Leadership facilitator and coach
Marshall joined Dattner Grant in 2007 as a Senior Consultant. He is a talented facilitator and coach that works to build the capability of leaders to create high performance cultures. Marshall brings a depth of experience in Learning and Development and Organisational Development and so is able to ensure that the various programs, initiatives and interventions he develops are well integrated with the organisation’s strategic framework. He has taught undergraduate subjects within the Faculty of Management at the University of Newcastle, and presented at numerous conferences both domestically and internationally. He possesses a high degree of commercial acumen, financial management skills and understands principles of good governance, having served on several Boards.
HB3 on-board Leadership facilitator and coach
Pollyanna is a coach, mentor, facilitator and speaker who works with leading organisations. Her purpose and passion is in helping individuals and teams to thrive, to create sustainable results aligned with their goals, and the goals and strategy of their organisation.
With a strong business background, Pollyanna understands results need to be realised and measured. At 24, she co-founded a specialist IT Recruitment Consultancy in London, which grew from humble beginnings to a permanent team of 18 with 100+ consultants and an
annual turnover of £11 million. Pollyanna sold her 50% share-holding in 2000 and moved back to Australia in 2002.
Over 16 years’ experience working with emerging to senior leaders and C-Suite Executives, supporting them to achieve their personal and professional goals, has included: leading through change; high-performing teams; developing leadership skills,
impact and presence; leadership development for technical specialists; career planning and transition; on-boarding to new roles; skills and capability uplift; influencing and communication skills, including how to have constructive/challenging conversations in a productive manner; and gender-diversity-specific coaching/development of high-potential women in organisations.
Dr Deb O’Connell
HB3 on-board Overall & Leadership facilitator
The world is changing at an unprecedented rate and in novel ways. In response, many governments and non-government organisations, industries, businesses, programs and policies, as well as civil society, are developing aspirational goals that embody the concepts of resilience, adaptation, transformation and sustainability. The challenge is to make these concepts operational, and use the science to support decision-making in communities, industries and governments.
Deb leads global research in the areas of resilience, adaptation pathways and transformation of social-ecological systems. She has a strong interest in designing and applying contemporary scientific and engagement approaches to complex, real-world problems. She takes a systems approach and enjoys working with people to build strong connections between scientists; those who make decisions in business, government and NGOs; and the communities that care about the issues at stake. She has a creative approach to collaboration and co-production of knowledge, and embraces the arts and humanities as critical ways to improve the relevance and impact of science. She has built many successful partnerships and collaborations with a range of people, disciplines and organisations, as is reflected by the range of projects she has led, and her co-authorship on a range of different types of publications.
Her research in the last 20 years has focused on developing and applying integrated assessment frameworks and systems analysis approaches in the domains of water and energy; as well as sustainability science. She has spent the last five years applying these approaches in the areas of how society can navigate global change and shock – for example, in climate change adaptation, food and water security, and disaster risk and mitigation.
Science Stream Faculty
A key objective of Homeward Bound is to establish a global community to collaborate towards impactful outcomes. The Science component of the program provides education to enable a shared understanding on particular topics, including the Antarctic environment. The program leverages the collective knowledge and expertise of the participants to collaborate on chosen projects. Participants also learn about each other through the ‘Symposium at Sea’ presentations that each participant makes on board.
Dr Justine Shaw
Homeward Bound Founding Team Member
Science Stream Leader HB1, HB2, HB3 & HB3 Science facilitator
HB1 & HB2 on-board Science facilitator
Justine is a Research Fellow, ARC Centre for Excellence for Environmental Decisions, The University of Queensland. She is a research leader in the area of conservation of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems. Justine is interested in understanding the way in which species interact with each other and their role in ecosystem function. Her research examines the role of environmental factors in influencing species abundance, distribution and occurrence. Justine is currently examining the risks posed by non-native species to Antarctic protected areas and the role of climatic change in conservation planning for Antarctica. She is investigating how sub-Antarctic 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 22 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 she hopes to further conservation of these last true wilderness areas.
She is co-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 also a strong advocate for gender equity in science/STEMM and co-founded Homeward Bound and the Women in Polar Science Network. Justine co-lead the Homeward Bound voyage of HB1 and HB2.
Dr Katherine Duncan
HB3 on-board Science facilitator
Kate started her research group (www.medicinesfromthesea.com) as a Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Marine Antibiotic Discovery at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland in 2016. With over 13 years of international research experience in marine natural products, Kate completed a MChem (Scotland), an International MChem research placement (Florida), a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Canada), and two post-doctoral fellowships (Marine Biomedicine. University of California and Marine Biotechnology, Scottish Marine Institute). Kate’s interdisciplinary research encompasses molecular biology, genomics, microbiology, phylogenomics, chemistry, oceanography and comparative metabolomics to discover new microbially produced antibiotics from our oceans. In addition to Homeward Bound, Kate was selected for the 2017 Scottish Crucible (30 future research leaders of Scotland) and, in 2018, was elected to the Microbiology Society Prokaryotic Division (Environmental Microbiology). Kate is passionate about the recognition of women in academic leadership positions and aiding the career development of early career researchers.
HB3 on-board Strategic Climate Change Policy Expert & Science facilitator
HB1 & HB2 global filmed faculty
Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010 – 2016. During her tenure at the UNFCCC, Christiana brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to well below 2°C. For this achievement, she has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy and has received multiple awards.
Christiana is a founding partner of Global Optimism Ltd, a purpose-driven enterprise focused on social and environmental change. She is currently the Convenor of Mission 2020, Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, World Bank Climate Leader, ACCIONA Board Member, WRI Board Member, Fellow of Conservation International, and Advisory Board member of Formula E, Unilever and Eni S.p.A.
She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics, and has been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees. She lives in London and has two fantastic daughters.
Mary-Anne is Senior Research Fellow and deputy Centre head of the Ecology and Biodiversity Centre, Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. She is passionate about understanding the way in which then environment affects the behaviour, distribution and life history of marine vertebrates. She has studied many species of seals and seabirds throughout the Southern Ocean and has participated in 20 expeditions and voyages. Specifically, her research focuses on the way in which marine predators, especially migratory animals, interact with their environment at different temporal and spatial scales, and the fine-scale relationships between animal behaviour and prey dynamics. 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). Much of her research has focused specifically on the influence of climate change and variability within the marine environment on top predator behaviour and distributions in the Southern Ocean. She is a member of the SCAR Expert Group of Birds and Marine Mammals and co-founded the Women in Polar Science Network.
HB3 on-board Science facilitator
Sharon Robinson is the Global Challenge Program Leader, Sustaining Coastal & Marine Zones at the University of Wollongong. She researches how Antarctic plants respond to climate change. She uses radiocarbon signatures, left behind in the atmosphere by nuclear testing, to date mosses and track environmental change around the coast of Antarctica. Her group identifies the sunscreens plants make to protect themselves from elevated UV-B radiation due to ozone depletion. She is also applying new technologies, including the use of drones in Antarctica, to monitor plant health and productivity, and developing novel sensors that will help to track crop and forest health in future.
Sharon was educated in the UK. After completing her PhD at University College London in 1990, she held postdoc positions in the USA and Australia. She is currently a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Environmental Effects Assessment Panel and an Editor for Global Change Biology. She first visited East Antarctica in 1996 and has been on 12 expeditions to continental Antarctic and sub- and maritime Antarctic islands with the Australian and Chilean Antarctic programs. She is a custodian for the only Antarctic State of the Environment Indicator concerned with Antarctic vegetation and is passionate about conserving Antarctic biodiversity.
Visibility Stream Faculty
A key gap between the will to lead and the ability to lead is finding and projecting your voice – being visible, which means networking, presenting, public speaking, speaking up in meetings, using social media, writing, media engagement and influencing. Participants are guided to visualise themselves in the future, and to create a new narrative around their professional and personal visionary goals. From this, a visibility plan is developed and aligned with their personal strategy map.
Visibility Stream Leader & HB3 Visibility facilitator
HB2 on-board Visibility facilitator and coach / HB communications and campaign strategist
Sarah Anderson 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 and communications modules for the Homeward Bound program, and led the communications and social and digital media strategy for the project up to mid-2018.
HB3 on-board Visibility facilitator
Kylie is an executive coach, presenter and digital strategist with over 20 years experience across five startups. In 2013 she founded her own consultancy and educational organisation Of Kin, with the aim of increasing the visibility of women and their businesses using digital technologies. Intellectually hungry and a pragmatic self-starter, Kylie is on a mission to humanise work and build courageous leaders, cultures, communities and families. Kylie’s regularly speaks on the topic of social media, work/life design and courageous leadership. In 2014 she co-authored Add All To Cart, and in 2016 her book The Leap Stories, based on her blog series was published. In 2017, in conjunction with Small Business Victoria, she launched the In The Company podcast.
Kylie holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology (Hons) and a Masters of Business in eBusiness and Communication. She is an accredited facilitator of Dr Brené Brown’s The Daring Way curriculum, unpacking vulnerability, shame, courage and leadership, and Dr Judith Glaser’s work on the neuroscience of conversational intelligence. She is currently a doctoral researcher at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (Monash University) investigating behaviour change and digital inclusion. Her research focuses on how to give vulnerable Australians the skills and knowledge needed for equitable digital participation in line with SDG goals.
Kylie believes in the power of a good nap, that things only get better by being talked about and that vulnerability is a superpower. Oh, and that you should always buy the shoes.
Visibility Stream Leader
HB2 & HB3 Visibility facilitator / HB1 on-board Visibility facilitator and coach
Julia brings rich experience in strategy, business, leadership, coaching and communications, in Australia and abroad. As a co-founder of Visibility Co she believes that inside every person and organisation is a deeper purpose, a bigger vision and the ability to reframe the future. Julia previously worked at Dattner Grant in Melbourne, leading the Global Women’s Project, where she facilitated and coached hundreds of women leaders in a multitude of sectors. After co-founding the Visibility program, Julia was on the program’s first voyage to Antarctica, in December 2016 as facilitator and coach. Julia spent 12 years as a journalist, including five as London correspondent for Fairfax, and had senior roles at The Times of London, Reuters and Business Review Weekly. Her top four values are justice, compassion, courage and making a difference.
HB3 on-board Sci-Comms facilitator
Fern manages Science Communication and Collaboration at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (ARI) in Victoria, Australia. She connects people and knowledge; within ARI, and beyond. She has a research background in Antarctic algae and freshwater fish, and extensive experience in engagement, environmental education and citizen science, from Australia’s wild deserts and Wet Tropics to India. Fern has volunteered in Australia, Tanzania, Myanmar and Pakistan and was a founding member of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia. Fern plays an active role in emergency management. She is a Fellow of Rachel Carson Centre, Munich.
Strategy Stream Faculty
This component provides an understanding of how to map strategy in order to clarify and communicate it, and then prioritise and align resources to make strategy happen. Strategic capability is explored in both an organisational and personal context. The personal strategy map is used as the framework to bring together the learning from the whole program, to establish a basis on which to make the conscious choices required to live a more purposeful life, and to embed new behaviours into habits.
Strategy Stream Leader & HB3 Strategy facilitator
HB2 Strategy facilitator and coach
HB1 on-board Strategy facilitator and coach
Kit heads up Strategy Execution along with Organisation & Leadership Development for TORI, specialising in making strategy happen. 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, she has been 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 fulfil whole of life aspirations. In her spare time she is a school governor and leads the strategy for Homeward Bound,
HB3 on-board independent Mental Health clinician
Dr Sophie Adams 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.
HB2 & HB3 Reflective Journalling Coordinator
Kate MacMaster is a knowledge explorer, enabler, and social change activist, and has worked cross-culturally over two dozen times in 15 countries across Asia-Pacific, designing, implementing and evaluating capacity building and leadership programs for organisations across many sectors, including the international aid and development sector, the Australian Environment Movement, and the Defence and Intelligence communities. Kate’s work uses adult learning theory, critical reflective journalling, and participatory, collaborative approaches that enable people to work together and find their own solutions to problems, making the results sustainable and ensuring ownership. When Kate isn’t playing with her small children Maggie and Archie, or helping partner Phil to build their off-grid, sustainable home on their 300-acre wildlife refuge, Kate keeps occupied with a few other projects – Kate is Programs Director at the Peter Cullen Trust; the Founder and Director of Talk About Town, a conversation between climate communicators and rural Australian Communities; the Founding Director and Principle Consultant of Studio Wild, a fair trade space, a co-work hub and a community workshop space; and Founding Partner of Trader & Co, a social change collective empowering rural Australians to meet, share, create.
Wellbeing Team Leader
Megan is Senior Lecturer at Menzies Health Institute, Griffith University Queensland. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology and is a registered psychologist. Her research focuses on emotion and disease-related phenomenon in humans. Megan has been the recipient of the prestigious Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2012), funded by the Australian Research Council, and is a CI on two Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grants (2015-2018), including “Determining the role of disease avoidance in stigmatization” and “Western-style diet and impairments in food-intake regulation in humans”. Megan was recently invited to present her research to The Royal Society, Theo Murphy International Scientific Meeting, Chicheley Hall, UK, 2017. Her research is featured in several undergraduate textbooks and she is a scientific reviewer for top-tier international journals as well as international funding bodies, including the Australian Research Council (ARC), The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW), The French National Research Agency (ANR), The Medical Research Council, UK, The Leakey Foundation, USA and The National Science Foundation, USA.
Britta Denise Hardesty
Britta Denise Hardesty is a Principal Research Scientist for CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere. A broadly trained ecologist, Denise’s work has taken her to all seven continents, studying everything from penguins in Antarctica to hornbills in West Africa, the rainforests of central and South America, and looking at plastic waste along the most remote coastlines in Australia. For the last decade her work has increasingly focused on plastic pollution, looking at impacts on wildlife such as seabirds, turtles and marine mammals. She advocates for the role of science in underpinning policy and decision making, and has served as a scientific expert on a number of international panels. Denise regularly provides advice to governments and international bodies and she believes strongly in the contribution of communities, having worked with more than 8000 citizen scientists over the last few years to help tackle the plastic pollution problem.
Heidi is an environmental scientist, an explorer and a science communicator, sharing her passion for science with others. She is an Associate Professor at Fort Lewis College, Colorado, which has a tuition-waiver for Native Americans. She studies how environmental changes affect mountain watersheds and Arctic systems and their link to our wellbeing. Heidi’s research has been published in Nature and other prominent journals, and featured in media including the New York Times.
HB1 on-board Logistics and Communications / Chinese outreach
Songqiao describes herself as an Earth-inspired explorer and educator. She brings interdisciplinary and cross-cultural experience as a researcher, activist and entrepreneur working on global environmental sustainability issues such as food, water, and climate change. Driven by her 9-year-old dream, she raised $20,000 dollars in 2015 through crowdfunding for an advocacy trip to Antarctica and started the 2048 project to educate children about climate change and Antarctic conservation. She started actively campaigning on environmental justice and climate change as a researcher and youth delegate at UN climate change conferences in 2010. She has facilitated multi-stakeholder dialogues and built partnership between China-US, China-EU and BASIC countries climate organisations. In 2012, she helped build the environmental NGO International Rivers’ China office and strengthened its program on river protection in China through extensive field research and policy publications. Her ethnographic research along the Nu/Salween river has won a National Geographic Global Explorer grant. As a social entrepreneur, she has co-founded a healthy snacks brand in Beijing and has initiated or consulted for agriculture and food security projects in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. She graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and was a Gates Cambridge Scholar focusing on China’s role in the Arctic. She recently finished her MBA at University of Oxford as a Skoll Scholar.
The Convergence Steering Committee
In June 2017, five women from the inaugural HB program volunteered to form The Convergence Steering Committee (TCSC) for a one-year term. The intention of this team was to be a conduit between alumnae and HB leadership, to facilitate connection and information exchange, to offer support to new cohorts, to provide updates about what alumnae were up to and how alumnae could be involved in HB projects. They have been doing this for more than a year now, connecting via social media and other platforms. Current committee members are Betty Trummel (USA) and Shelley Ball (Canada) – pictured above – and new representatives will soon be joining them (stay tuned).
HB3 Expedition Leader
Monika´s multi-faceted and dynamic career includes lecturing and guiding as a historian and naturalist in some of the most remote regions of this earth, such as North-West Passage, Svalbard, Greenland, Chilean Fjords and Antarctica for over 25 years. For the last 20 years Monika has mainly travelled as Expedition Leader to Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Originally from Germany, Monika immigrated to South America in 1989. She lectured at the National University in Tierra del Fuego on Latin American History, specialising in the Regional History of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the South Atlantic Islands, and training history teachers in research activities. Lately she has also engaged in studies about Antarctic literature and tourism. Now Monika is a resident of Mendoza, Argentina, where she grows Kiri trees in a project to offset carbon. She is also a published historian. Her works include several books on the history of Tierra del Fuego and the South Atlantic Islands as well as a couple of travel guides, an essay book on Antarctica, another one on the Arctic, a book about tourism in Antarctica with a multidisciplinary view of new activities carried out there, and an Antarctic bestiary with her personal watercolour sketches.
HB1 & HB2 Expedition Leader
Greg Mortimer is an Australian mountaineer and has led close to 100 expeditions to Antarctica. He was one of the first two Australians to successfully climb Mount Everest. Greg trained as a geochemist and geologist, has worked as a survival-training instructor and as a Scientific Affairs Adviser for the New Zealand Antarctic Division. He is the recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and three Australian Geographic Society medals. Greg’s calm and supportive guidance and wisdom have been central in making Homeward Bound a reality.
Homeward Bound Operations Team
Homeward Bound Project Manager (job share)
Hayley first joined the Dattner Grant team in 2008 and, after study, re-joined the team in 2013. In 2015, she started working within the Global Women’s Project and became the Homeward Bound Project Coordinator. Hayley has a passion for exceptional client service, and loves her role in assisting both the program participants throughout their Homeward Bound journey and also the Leadership Team, who are all volunteering their time and expertise to Homeward Bound outside of their full-time jobs. Hayley had the opportunity to join HB2 in Antarctica in February-March of 2018 and had an amazing time experiencing the magic of Homeward Bound and feels privileged to have been able to join the amazing 78 women on the ship. Hayley has a background in youth work and is passionate about seeing women grow in their leadership capability, their influence and their impact on the world.
Homeward Bound Project Manager (job share)
Eva has been connected with Dattner Grant since its earliest days (so 20 years!). For nearly five years, as an employee, she contributed to the establishment of an effective, efficient, meaningful business – through a progression of roles that covered administration and executive assistance, marketing and coordinating the public programs, project management, general management and as Director of Research. For the next 15 years, having rediscovered a passion for writing and editing – which she consolidated with further education – she utilised those skills as a consultant to Dattner Grant, as well as taking on a variety of freelance projects, including four years writing and providing editorial assistance for ReNew, the member magazine of the Alternative Technology Association. Ten years ago Eva moved to the rural community of Steels Creek, in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, and became one of nine founding members of the Steels Creek Renewal Group. She was elected its first Secretary, and was instrumental in moving the group through incorporation as a not-for-profit association, as well as securing significant funding to aid the recovery and resilience of the local community in the years following the Black Saturday bushfires. In 2017, Eva had the opportunity to exercise her project management skills again, with several stints filling Hayley Young’s shoes when on leave from Homeward Bound. This led to an ongoing job-share role and Eva feels privileged to be able to contribute to this wonderful program that aims so high to make a difference in the world.