Our Team

We are a 100% female owned company based in remote NSW and are committed to curating and activating the most skilled people to form highly effective teams that deliver on the promise for our clients unique needs and aspirations.

Through well honed structures and systems we are able to activate new teams from our extensive database of practitioners, subject matter experts and delivery specialists and have them working in a high performance state quickly.

We seek to bring diversity of voices, backgrounds, experience, geography and perspectives to organisations and businesses who may struggle in these areas.

Our team is led and managed by Rebel Black, a skilled entrepreneur, leader and facilitator with more than 20 years experience in business and community development in rural and remote Australia. Through her various entrepreneurial pursuits Rebel has worked across the country with all levels of government, private enterprise, social enterprise and the not for profit field. She has personally supported the generation of $50 million through national projects, client support and local community development through her career, and successfully led a community-exit of her company to a member owned Co-operative.

Our delivery team will vary depending on availability of members and requirements of our clients but we have a demonstrated track record in delivering on time, on budget and with exceptional service.

Some of the incredible people we’ve worked with or called upon in 2023 are below!


iClick2Learn supported the work of Bowabirds facilitating state-wide roundtables for the VET sector review. We were provided with comprehensive admin support at every stage of the process. In addition, Rebel and Penny set a welcoming, supportive environment during the project.

- Natalie Bramble-Dunkley iClick2Learn

Rebel Black

General Manager

Rebel is a skilled rural entrepreneur and project manager with more than 15 years experience in national program and project design, development and delivery, stakeholder engagement and facilitation.

With more than 20 years in business, Rebel’s clients include all levels of Government, banks, community organizations, private philanthropists, SMEs and entrepreneurs. Rebel has personally written and developed multiple programs delivered nationally, including the deployment of monitoring and evaluation and acquittal of projects.

She has led and been a delivery partner for dozens of multi-stakeholder projects working across a variety of industries and sectors and has facilitated in outdoor environments through wilderness leadership programs, has facilitated groups for purposes including strategic planning, conflict resolution and stakeholder engagement and she has been developing and delivering unique methods for engaging people community development, team building and group development.

Based in Lightning Ridge, NSW

Penny Challinor

Project Manager

Penny is an outstanding Project Manager with more than 20 years experience working in the public and private sector. She has led diverse teams across remote locations and been able to develop quality cultures, effective teams and great outcomes on time and on budget.

She has a background in monitoring and evaluation in water management and has had extensive experience in stakeholder negotiation and management. She has a listen first approach and is able to adapt as needed.

Laura Loveard

Business & Operations Manager

Laura a skilled and experienced Business Development, Marketing & Operations Manager. She has a background in client services, operations, marketing and event management and holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Swinburne University of Technology.

Laura’s strengths lie in building brands and developing strategies for growth and expansion.


The Melbourne Minute was proud to work with Bowabirds on a recent project. Rebel and the team at Bowabirds are highly organised, and ensured that The Melbourne Minute team was prepared for the project and able to meet all deadlines prescribed. We would welcome the opportunity to work with Bowabirds again in the future.

Finally, I wanted to thank you both so much for providing us with the opportunity to work with you on this project. I loved seeing the way that you both strive to maintain a positive culture online and I will take this with me and apply it to my own remote team. We would be more than happy to work with you again in the future, and would love the opportunity to be considered. Thanks again!

- Stephanie Roberts

The Melbourne Minute

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Bowabirds acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. Our office is based on the traditional lands of the Yuwaalaraay people and we honour and appreciate their extraordinary custodianship and acknowledge that sovereignty has never ceded.

© Bowabirds 2023