Since joining Greening Australia as CEO in 2011, Brendan has led an organisation-wide governance and strategy reform program that has led to greater levels of impact, efficiency and resilience. He believes that not-for-profit organisations are born out of a need for change and must regularly evaluate themselves to stay focused, relevant and aligned with their internal and external stakeholders.
Brendan has extensive experience in business management and strategy development, with strengths in government relations and liaison, community and stakeholder relations and organisational transformation. Before joining Greening Australia, Brendan was the Corporate Affairs Manager – Eastern States for Alcoa of Australia, is presently the Chair of the Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA) and a former Director of North-East Water and the Gordon Institute of TAFE. He holds an MBA and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management from Federation University, was a 2011 Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange participant in Iceland and a 2016 Harvard Club of Australia non-profit fellow.
After ten years in the role, Brendan is motivated by the fact that Greening Australia’s 150 staff think bigger than the environment and have a clear vision for healthy and productive landscapes where both people and nature thrive. Over the next decade, he strongly believes that nature-based solutions will demonstrate how economies, the community and the environment can be connected in ways that benefit them all
Away from work, Brendan lives in North-East Victoria with his wife and two kids who share his love of travel and the outdoors.