Media Releases - 20 August 2019

A new era for Wilderness

After 25 years of working with the Wilderness Society, Lyndon Schneiders has informed the Board of his decision to leave his role as both National Campaign Lead and joint CEO (shared with Matt Brennan, Chief Operating Officer) by the end of 2019.

The Board and staff are grateful for this generous notification period, it will provide time for Lyndon and the Board to plan and facilitate a smooth transition for the organisation.

From Leanne Craze and Stuart Baird, Wilderness Society Board convenors: 

"After decades of campaign leadership at the Wilderness Society, we will miss the depth and breadth of Lyndon's expertise, strategic analysis and negotiation abilities. The leadership and mentoring he provides has been key to the success of our environmental campaigns and Movement for Life organising. He has been integral to our campaign successes from the tall forests of southern Tasmanian and the deep waters of the Great Australian Bight, through to James Price Point in the Kimberley and across Queensland, he has worked with many people and organisations to deliver real protection for our iconic and important wilderness areas.

“Within the Wilderness Society, he has helped develop both the strategic framework and experienced campaign teams that will continue to deliver real protections for the environment into the future. He will remain a member of the Wilderness Society, and we will draw on his advice and support well into the future. We expect that he will continue his passion for campaigning to protect the nature we all love. On behalf of the Board, we would like to honour Lyndon’s significant contributions and service to the Wilderness Society over many years."

Further information will be provided during the transition process over the coming months. In the meantime, Lyndon and all the Wilderness Society teams will continue to focus on delivering crucial campaign outcomes and plan for the challenges of protecting Australia's environment into the future. 

While looking forward, over the coming months there will be time to celebrate the highlights of a phenomenal career at the forefront of activism for the natural world. It is a good opportunity to recognise the significant impact Lyndon's work with the Wilderness Society has had in protecting nature.