On-board Lead Facilitator

Kate McMaster
Leadership Stream Leader, Online Facilitator and HB5 On-board Lead Facilitator 

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.

Leadership Stream

Fabian Dattner
Leadership Stream Leader, Online Facilitator,
HB5 Leadership Facilitator and Coach (Ushuaia only)

Robin Chase
HB5 Elder and On-board Leadership Facilitator  

Marshall Crowley
Leadership Stream Leader and Online Facilitator and HB5 On-board Leadership Facilitator / LSI Coach

Susan Mann

Leadership Stream Leader and Online Facilitator and HB5 Onboard Leadership Facilitator 



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: LinkedInTwitter, Facebook.

Robin Chase is an American transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar. She is also the founder and former CEO of Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car sharing service, acquired by Drivy. She started the defunct G oLoco.org,a transportation network company and is the co-founder and executive chairman of  Veniam, a vehicle network communications company. She authored the book, Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism.

Marshall is a senior consultant and 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. Marshall is Homeward Bound’s Experience Theme Leader and Program Architect.

Susan is a leadership, life, and career coach, with over 20 years of experience coaching in profit and non-profit organizations. She’s served widely diverse clients on six continents coaching leaders, facilitating workshops and team retreats, and consulting with organizations including: Amazon, Intel, Microsoft, Nike, Zappos, Facebook, Fresno State University, University of Oregon Foundation, University of Washington, Girls on the Run, and Valley Medical Center. She is an award-winning leadership development program designer and coach and a senior faculty member of The Daring Way, certifying people in the work of NY Times best-selling author Dr. Brene’ Brown. ICF Professional Certified Coach; registered ICF Mentor Coach; Hudson Institute Master Coach; certified in EQi 2.0, Leadership Practices Inventory, career planning, and more.

The natural world is one of her great passions. She is a Climate Reality Leader with Al Gore’s non-profit. Over a 14 year period, Susan and her husband traveled to the most remote islands in the world to see all 18 penguin species in the wild.



Science Stream

Dr Katherine Duncan

Science Stream Leader and HB5 On-board Science Facilitator

Sharon Robinson

Science Stream Leader, Online Faciltator and HB5 Onboard Science Facilitator



Kate is a Chancellor’s Research Fellow and Lecturer in Marine Natural Products Drug Discovery at the University of Strathclyde, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. She discovers novel antibiotics and anticancer compounds from the oceans using a multidisciplinary approach encompassing microbiology, comparative metabolomics, chemistry, ecology and molecular biology. She has over 12 years’ research experience, including a RSC MChem (Scotland), an international Masters placement in Chemistry (Florida), a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Canada), two postdoctoral fellowships in Marine Biomedicine (University of California) and Marine Biotechnology (Scottish Marine Institute). She started her own research group in 2016. W: http://katherinerduncan.weebly.com.

Sharon 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, onboard Science Faculty for the Homeward Bound 2019 Women’s leadership Program and a former member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts. 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. She was formerly UOWs Associate Dean Graduate Research and is currently Leader for the Sustaining Coastal and Marine Zones Challenge within the Global Challenges Program.

Visibility Stream

Sarah Anderson
Visibility Stream Leader and facilitator
HB communications and campaign strategist

Tara Shine

Visibility Steam Leader and Online Facilitator 
HB5 on-board Visibility facilitator (science communications)

Julia May
Visibility Stream Leader and online facilitator



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.

Tara is an expert with over 20 years’ experience in the fields of climate change, environment and sustainable development. Her clients include the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, The Elders, governments, multilateral agencies and civil society organisations. Tara has negotiated for the EU in at the United Nations, informed climate and environment policy at national and international level and advocated for equity and justice in global agreements. She is co-founder of the community initiative Plastic Free Kinsale which has mobilised a town of 5,000 people and a social media audience of half a million people to find alternatives to single use plastics. She is Director of the social enterprise, Change by Degrees which promotes convenient sustainability for communities and businesses. She presents wildlife and nature documentaries for the BBC and RTE. Her most recent series A Wild Irish Year, produced by award winning Crossing The Line Films, aired on RTE 1 in May 2018.

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.

Strategy Stream

Kit Jackson
Strategy Stream Leader and Online Facilitator

Nekeisha Reid

Strategy Stream Leader and Online Facilitator
 HB5 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.

Nekeisha is an international trade and development specialist based in the Caribbean. She has a wealth of expertise and experience in strategic planning and development, strategic marketing, research, constructing activation plans for execution, leveraging partnerships, fund seeking and monitoring and evaluation for profit and not for profit organizations. She is the co founder of skincare company, COSMEDICS Inc and is the Corporate Development Manager at the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL). Nekeisha thrives in development-oriented environments, driven to contribute to the socio-economic advancement of people and by extension their environment.

Wellbeing Team

Dr Sophie Adams
Wellbeing Team Leader

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.

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