Leadership Stream

Fabian Dattner
Leadership Stream Leader and online facilitator
HB2 on-board Lead Facilitator, Leadership facilitator and coach


Marshall Cowley
Leadership Stream Co-Leader
HB2 on-board Leadership facilitator and coach



Kerryn Velleman
HB2 on-board Psychologist and 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.



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



Kerryn is Director at Human Capital International and Founder/Director at Kru Consulting. As an Organisational and Coaching Psychologist with over 25 years experience in consulting and leadership roles, Kerryn coaches boards, senior executives, female leaders and change champions to optimise their influence of large-scale organisational, cultural and sector-wide change. She guide leaders in the negotiation and management of their careers; coaching them to strengthen their executive presence, leverage collaboration technologies and broaden their networks to build impact. Her passion is in developing the capacity and confidence of leaders to embed a coaching culture in their professional lives. Kerryn believes that embedding the discipline of reflective practice, supported by nourishing relationships, is key to helping leaders identify and question the assumptions and behaviours that shape decisions and enable them to thrive in complex, ambiguous and high pace environments. Kerryn is a level three accredited organisational coach (advanced coaching practice), mentor coach and qualified supervisor with the Institute of Executive Leadership and Coaching (IECL), the Psychology Registration Board and the Australian Psychological Society (APS).  She is recognised as a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), is a Member of the International Society of Coaching Psychology, leads the Women in Leadership group and facilitates supervision skills training for psychologists for the Victorian College of Organisational Psychologists.

Science Stream

Dr Justine D. Shaw
Science Stream Leader and online facilitator
HB2 on-board Science facilitator




Assoc. Prof. Mary-Anne Lea
Science Stream Leader and online facilitator
HB2 on-board Science facilitator





Justine is a Research FellowCentre 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 was on-board Science facilitator also on HB1.

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 was also on-board Science facilitator for HB1.

Visibility Stream

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


Julia May
Visibility Stream Leader and  online facilitator
HB4 on-board Visibility facilitator 



Merryn McKinnon
HB2 on-board Sci-Comms facilitator and coach



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 co-created the Visibility program for Homeward Bound and has been leading the communications, and social and digital media strategy for the initiative.


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.


Merryn is Lecturer at Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, The Australian National University. She started out as a marine scientist, but she soon realised that talking to people about her science could do a lot more. She moved to science communication and has stayed there ever since in a variety of roles and countries. Merryn has slimed presidents, made children laugh and created programs and events to change ideas, inspire interest in science and to help protect the environment. She is now a lecturer and researcher in science communication, helping the scientists, public health workers and policy makers of tomorrow to communicate clearly and with influence. Merryn is an HB1 alumna.

Strategy Stream

Kit Jackson
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 was also on-board Strategy facilitator for HB1.

Expedition Leader


Greg Mortimer
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.


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