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.
Founder & CEO of Homeward Bound
HB Impact Theme Leader
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
Program Design Architect
HB Experience Theme Leader
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.
Homeward Bound Foundations Theme Leader
Michelle Crouch is Operations Director and a leadership coach/consultant at Dattner Grant, with over 20 years’ business experience. She retrained as a coach in 2015 and was accredited in several psychometric tools, including Human Synergistics’ Life Styles Inventory. Since then, she has become a highly regarded contributor to Dattner Grant’s signature leadership initiative for women, Compass. She is a Homeward Bound founding Board member (Company Secretary and acting Chair) and on the Hub as the Foundations theme leader. Michelle has also been a leadership coach for Homeward Bound and a member of the HB3 on-board faculty.
Dr Justine D. Shaw
Homeward Bound Co-founder
Science Stream Leader and facilitator
HB Community Theme Co-leader
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.
Responsible for development and delivery of content – online, onshore and on-board – for each annual program.
The HB Faculty Team comprises three groups:
- Stream Leaders are experts in their field who are the principle designers and facilitators of the online program content. They are a core group from year to year, and may also be on-board facilitators.
- On-board Faculty are additionally invited onto the program to principally deliver Stream content, which is developed collaboratively with Stream Leaders, on-board the ship voyaging to Antarctica. This group is cohort-specific, each individual bringing a ‘special something’ to the experience and development of Homeward Bound.
- Wellbeing Team, which is a group that has both online and on-board representatives who, together, aim to ensure the psychological safety and wellbeing of both faculty and participants.
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.
Homeward Bound Program Coordinator
Homeward Bound Program Coordinator
(on maternity leave from February 2019)
Homeward Bound Program Coordinator
Eva has been connected with Dattner Grant since its earliest days (so 20 years!), both as employee and consultant. Her roles have covered executive assistance, office administration, public program marketing and management, general management, writing, research and editing. She has been freelancing as a professional writer and editor for the past 15 years. Ten years ago Eva moved to the rural community of Steels Creek, in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, where she and her husband have built a passive-solar home, are raising their beautiful and cheeky daughter, and enjoying the constant company of Morris the dog. 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, which led to an ongoing job-share role. From February to July 2019, she filled a newly funded part-time role as Project Manager. Eva will be moving on from Homeward Bound at the end of August; in the interim she’s back in the Program Coordinator chair onboarding HB5. Eva feels privileged to be able to contribute to this wonderful program that aims so high to make a difference in the world.
This group includes all the key HB teams – Hub, Board,faculty, 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.
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 nearly two years now, connecting via social media and other platforms. All but one of the original committee members have now retired from their role. Betty Trummel (USA) – pictured above – is transitioning a new committee (10 members from across all graduate cohorts), who took over the reins in March 2019. You can connect with TCSC via email here.
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.
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.
Dr Deb O’Connell
HB3 on-board Overall & Leadership facilitator
Deb loves to explore and understand the world, in all its many facets. She started life in Zimbabwe, then moved to South Africa and settled in Australia at 21. Her career has also been a journey through different approaches to making a positive difference in the world. Having started in the biophysical sciences, she realised that different outcomes for the planet could best be achieved by working with and through people, so for the last 20 years her work has focussed on leading teams to address global issues. Her core strengths are systems thinking and leadership; integration across disciplines, sectors, scales and different types of stakeholders; and working at the boundary of theory and practice. Deb’s work in the areas of resilience, adaptation pathways and transformation of social-ecological systems has prepared her well to understand and help manage a rapidly changing world and uncertain future.
Deb 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, which is reflected in the range of projects she has led, and her co-authorship on a range of different types of publications.
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.