Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Cate Faehrmann


Cate Faehrmann brings a wealth of knowledge, passion, experience and contacts to Sea Shepherd Australia for our important marine conservation work.

Cate was a NSW Greens Member of the NSW Legislative Council from Sept 2010 to June 2013, with portfolio responsibilities which included Marine & Fisheries.

Cate was a founding board member of  GetUp from 2005 till 2010, and was also on the board of the public interest environmental law firm, the Environmental Defenders Office of NSW from 2004 till 2010.

In 2005 she was appointed executive director of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. Education wise Cate has a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities), a Master of Environmental Law and a Master of Business Administration. Cate's Interests/Passions include diving, bushwalking, marine conservation, politics and creating social change. 

Jeff HansenJeff Hansen

Managing Director, Sea Shepherd Australia

Jeff joined Sea Shepherd in 2006 as a ground support volunteer in the Perth Chapter and his passion for marine conservation was quickly noticed. 

Jeff was subsequently invited to serve on board the M/Y Steve Irwin during SSCS’s 2007-2008 Antarctic Whale Defence Campaign called Operation Migaloo. His role as Quartermaster, based on the bridge, saw Jeff make a strategic call which resulted in discovering the location of the centrepiece of the whaling fleet, the Nissan Maru factory vessel.  Upon returning from the campaign SSCS’s leader Captain Paul Watson offered Jeff the position of Australian Director. During Operation Migaloo the direct action by SSCS spared 500 whales from the harpoon - around half the whalers’ quota.

The following year Jeff again served on board the M/Y Steve Irwin as Quartermaster during Operation Musashi where the Steve Irwin and crew survived a harrowing ordeal of being trapped in pack ice in the freezing waters of Antarctica. Again, Jeff was instrumental in    locating the Japanese whaling vessel the Keiko Maru. As a direct result of the brave crew, dedicated volunteers and supporters around the world, 308 whales were saved.

Jeff is a big believer in direct action and is very proud to be part of the whales’ navy, making sure that there is a future for everyone.

Jeff is a qualified Electronic and Computer Engineer and great nephew of Teddy Sheean, a famous World War II hero who served upon the HMAS Armidale.

Born in Melbourne, but now living in Perth, Jeff likes to keep fit and has completed two Ironman Triathlons. He and his wife are also wildlife rehabilitation carers, caring for sick and injured Bobtail lizards in their home in Perth’s southern suburbs. Jeff is also recently a proud dad of his little girl Abby who was born December 16th 2010.

Michelle MossfieldMichelle Mossfield

As a child, Michelle Mossfield was taught to always speak up for what she believes to be right and true. As an adult, on these matters, she has committed to never shut-up.

Michelle has worked in the entertainment industry for fourteen years. In early 2012 she left her position as director of Reckoning Entertainment, an independent music publicity, marketing, management and consultancy company based in Sydney, in order to direct her energies to ocean conservation. She continues to have strong links to the media and wide reaching national and international connections.

After joining Sea Shepherd as an onshore volunteer in 2011, Michelle’s life changed – quickly.  She had supported a number of different environmental organisations until that point, but in Sea Shepherd – and its Founder, Paul Watson – Michelle found the hands-on, direct action approach to the protection of our planet that she had been looking for. She became heavily involved in the Sydney chapter and in 2012 joined the Cove Guardians campaign in Taiji. Shortly after returning to Australia from Japan, Michelle took the position as media lead in Sea Shepherd’s ninth Antarctic whale defence campaign, Operation Zero Tolerance.  She is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in Environmental Law at Macquarie University in Sydney, and is looking forward to putting her legal knowledge into practice.

John McMullan

John McMullan is a Melbourne lawyer, with degrees in engineering and law. He has been lead construction lawyer for private and public sector principals on a number of major projects, lead lawyer to developers/bidders on several Melbourne Docklands projects, a construction contract adviser to road and water authorities in Victoria and other states, and has acted in major construction disputes, in litigation and arbitration, in Australia and in Hong Kong. He has been a director of a number of listed companies and not for profit companies and advises regularly on Corporations Law.

Deon Hubner

Deon is a Sydney based corporate lawyer with extensive international experience.

He holds a BA LLB from University of Cape Town and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Technology, Sydney. 

A surfer, free-diver and open-water swimmer, Deon’s life from a young age has been deeply connected to the ocean. Living by the sea, Deon and his wife Kim are passionate about the ocean and are dedicated to its conservation.  In 2010 they co-founded Living Ocean Incorporated, a not-for-profit organisation that raises awareness and funds for ocean environmental causes through community driven events and campaigns.

Laura Dakin

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