Brendan Sydes, Lawyer, CEO
When Brendan joined what was then the Environmental Defenders Office (Victoria) as CEO in 2004, there was just one staff member: him. Since then he’s overseen a transition to a legal fighting force with fourteen staff members and a clear vision to be the environment’s legal team.
Brendan holds a University of Melbourne law degree and an MA in Environmental Science. He lectures in environmental law at Melbourne University and is President of Connecting Country, a landscape restoration initiative.
A keen birdwatcher, Brendan built his own straw brick eco-house outside Castlemaine.
Brendan leads the team at Environmental Justice Australia, a not-for-profit legal practice dedicated to justice for people and the planet. Under Brendan’s leadership, EJA has grown to become an effective force for change, contributing legal and strategic expertise to the environment movement and grassroots campaigns on issues ranging from air pollution to nature conservation and corporate accountability.
With deep roots in the community legal centre movement since his university days and as a former chair of Victoria’s Federation of Community Legal Centres, Brendan has a strong commitment to combining social justice and environmental advocacy.