HB LEADERSHIP TEAM
Homeward Bound was co-founded by Fabian Dattner and Jess Melbourne-Thomas and the program has been created and led by a multidisciplinary leadership team from across the world who all donate their time and expertise to the project.
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 is has been three times a finalist in the TELSTRA Business women’s awards (last in 2016) and has been selected as one of the NAB 2016 100 Women of Influence.
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Leadership Program Coordinator
2016 & 2018 on-board Leadership facilitator and coach
2016 & 2018 on-board 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 Project Coordinator
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. B.Sc (Hons), Grad Cert Australian Rural Leadership, and Fellow of Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.
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 8,000 citizen scientists over the last few years to help tackle the plastic pollution problem.
Dr Mary-Anne Lea
Science Program Coordinator
2016 & 2018 on-board Science Faculty
Senior Research Fellow and deputy Centre head of the Ecology and Biodiversity Centre, Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.
Mary-Anne 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.
Strategy Program Coordinator
2016 on-board Strategy facilitator and coach
2018 on-ground Strategy facilitator and coach
Kit is the founding partner of Strategy Together, an expert strategy management consultant and and executive coach. Kit worked with Balanced Scorecard founders, Drs. Kaplan and Norton, for over ten years and is a regular speaker on Strategy Management, recognised by Kaplan and Norton as the thought leader on using strategic themes for multiple strategy execution processes.
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 well-being. Heidi’s research has been published in Nature and other prominent journals, and featured in media including the New York Times.
Homeward Bound Foundation Theme Leader
Operations Director, Coach and Facilitator at Dattner Grant
As Director of Operations over the last 10 years, Michelle’s role at Dattner Grant is to cultivate an environment in which everyone can flourish. Michelle works alongside Fabian as a ‘trusted advisor’ and is responsible for the overall operations of the business, including financial management, IT and HR. This background has helped her become a coach with a strong business understanding.
Past Leadership Team Members
Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas
Co-founder of Homeward Bound
Research Scientist, Australian Antarctic Division and Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre
Reflective Journaling Coordinator HB18
Principle Consultant at Studio Wild Consulting. Programs Director at the Peter Cullen Trust.
2016 on-board logistics and communications
Earth-inspired Explorer and Educator
Leadership Program Coordinator
2018 on-board psychologist
Director at Human Capital International and Founder/Director at Kru Consulting
Science Communications Coordinator
2018 on-board Science Communications facilitator and coach
Lecturer at Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, The Australian National University