The following four positions work closely to form the Collaborative Management Team of The Wilderness Society, reporting to The Wilderness Society Board.
Lyndon Schneiders, National Campaign Director
Lyndon Schneiders was appointed National Campaigns Director for The Wilderness Society in 2011, following a lifetime of activism for the natural world—including more than a decade as The Wilderness Society Queensland Campaign Manager.
The depth and breadth of Lyndon’s campaign expertise is attributed to his experience undertaking leadership roles in several seminal environment campaigns.
- The protection of more than one million hectares of wilderness on Cape York Peninsula as national park and Aboriginal land in Far North Queensland.
- As a lead negotiator in the historic Tasmanian Forest Agreement made between environmental groups, trade unions and the logging industry which gained World Heritage protection of the magnificent Florentine, Styx and Weld forests in south west Tasmania.
- The successful campaign to stop the construction of the $40 billion gas plant at James Price Point in the western Kimberley, north of Broome.
Lyndon is an experienced and well-connected advocate with extensive networks throughout all parties in the Australian Parliament and throughout a number of State Parliaments. He has deep relationships with corporate Australia, particularly through various peak industry associations, the investment and finance industry, and throughout the trade union movement.
Lyndon is an experienced media spokesperson and regularly writes columns for The Australian newspaper, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is a past Churchill Fellow and recipient of the Centenary of Federation medal for outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment.
Lyndon now lives in Sydney with his partner Felicity Wade and their two children, Flynn and Juneau.
Cath Hoban, National Director Membership and Fundraising
Prior to commencing at The Wilderness Society, Cath worked with the Cancer Council of Victoria for ten years as the Events and Community Fundraising Manager. There, she oversaw the first pilot event and subsequent national roll-out of their flagship fundraising event ‘Relay for Life’.
In 2009, Cath was awarded Fundraiser of the Year by Fundraising and Philanthropy Magazine Australia and New Zealand.
For the past seven years, she has worked as the National Director of Membership and Fundraising for The Wilderness Society.
Cath holds a Bachelor of Marketing and Economics from Swinburne University.
Matt Brennan. National Director—Operations
Matt is responsible for enabling the operational areas of The Wilderness Society – including finance, administration, strategic planning, risk management, infrastructure management, governance and compliance.
Matt graduated from the University of Technology in Sydney with a Bachelor of Business and Accounting in 1990. He is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and has completed courses in leadership and transformational change
Prior to joining The Wilderness Society in 2011, Matt worked for Brookfield Multiplex Ltd for 12 years and held senior national executive roles including CFO Residential Property; and Commercial Manager, Developments.
Matt lives in Sydney with his wife Nicky and daughters Rosie and Bridie (no dog yet).
Rob Beamish, National Creative and Communications Director
Rob oversees the development and production of communications for The Wilderness Society. A significant focus of his role is ensuring engaging, relevant and consistent brand positioning and the creation of brand and strategic campaign communications that engage and activate new audiences.
Despite holding law and commerce degrees with honors, Rob has worked for the past seventeen years as an advertising creative and screenwriter in film. This experience has allowed him to develop outstanding storytelling abilities, strong strategic and human insight, and a wealth of experience creating emotionally powerful, engaging communications that thrive in the modern media landscape. Both his advertising and film work have been awarded and recognised nationally and internationally.
Rob has worked as a copywriter, art director and creative director at many of Australia and New Zealand’s top advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, George Patts Y&R and Leo Burnett. While he’s worked on countless leading brands across all industry sectors, the projects he’s been most passionate about have been pro bono ‘cause’ marketing. He has created work that has successfully created awareness and provoked attitudinal change for the likes of Scope (formerly the Spastic Society), the anti-smoking body Quit, and child protection charity Berry Street.
Rob grew up in Tasmania - the birthplace of The Wilderness Society - and has been a lifelong environmentalist. He was on the verge of starting up an advertising agency specialising in environmental and ethical capitalism communications, when he heard of the opening at The Wilderness Society and dived right into the heart of the environmental movement in May 2015.