Our Staff

Wendy Cohen

Chief Executive Officer

Wendy grew up in various small townships across rural NSW where the challenges and rewards of farming were part of everyday life. After graduating from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Wendy started her career in media and public relations which took her to Sydney and London and back, working with some extraordinary storytellers and creative talent along the way.

In 2002 she took up the role as CEO of Equestrian NSW and thus started her journey as a leader of membership and advocacy organisations. In 2007 equine influenza hit Australia and Wendy spearheaded the NSW response to the crisis, championing members and horse-related businesses throughout the state as the industry struggled to cope with the financial and social impact EI had on the industry. She managed the distribution of over $25 million of relief funds to those affected during the six-month-long lockdown of equestrian activity. Most recently Wendy was CEO of Country Education Foundation of Australia where she fought for better outcomes for rural and regional education and supported country students in their transition from high school into university, TAFE, training and jobs.

Fiona Davis

Deputy Director

Fiona grew up on a dairy farm in northern Victoria and began reporting on agriculture while still at high school. She honed her writing skills working at regional and agricultural newspapers, including Stock and Land, and developed a broad toolkit of skills in strategy, stakeholder engagement and project management during her years at respected consultancy, Currie Communications. While at Currie, she supported agricultural and environmental clients, including Citrus Australia, Australian Wool Innovation and the Victorian Government. Fiona particularly enjoyed helping University of Queensland scientists publically share their research into issues relating to global change, including renewable energy. Fiona has a PhD in history from the University of Melbourne and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Australian Catholic University. She has enjoyed returning to agriculture, and directing her research and analytic skills at the promotion of climate action, a cause close to her heart

Cam Klose

Campaigns Director

Cam is a communications and engagement professional with experience in designing and executing successful multi-platform campaigns. Cam was instrumental in Cathy McGowan’s two successful campaigns for the federal seat of Indi and he has worked with a number of advocacy groups.

Cam also has experience working for federal parliamentarians and he uses that, along with his extensive knowledge of community based campaigns in his role as Campaigns Director at FCA.

Verity Morgan-Schmidt

Stakeholder Relations Director

Originally a farm girl from the sheep and wheat country of Western Australia, Verity is a former Executive Officer for Western Australian Farmers Federation. No stranger to advocating for agriculture’s interests in the political arena, Verity managed WAFF’s response to both the introduction of $1 milk and the live exports ban, rallying farmers and rural communities to make their voices heard. Verity previously worked for Elders Ltd, including a stint at the National Wool Selling Centre in Victoria. She is the former Executive Officer for Country Noosa, an organisation linking hinterland producers to coastal communities in South East Queensland. Verity holds a Master of Arts (Politics) in Sustainability and Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Politics and Global Studies.

James Atkinson

Donor Engagement Coordinator

James grew up in Wagga and has experience in campaigns, communication and fundraising. He was most recently an Account Manager and Campaign Facilitator at Community Shapers, where he supported a number of climate groups by managing fundraising and supporter engagement campaigns on their behalf. James is extremely passionate about climate action - especially where it involves groups affected by the impacts of climate change. He holds a Bachelor of Development Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from the ANU.

Peter Holding

Farm Outreach Officer

Peter is a third-generation farmer in south east NSW, growing crops such as canola and wheat, as well as running sheep for wool. Peter is also a member of the Climate Kelpie – a central location for farmers after practical information and tools with which to manage climate change risk and impacts. Peter has an extensive knowledge and first hand experience with the strategies farmers can use to manage and adapt to climate change.

Claire Boyle

Project Officer

Claire grew up on a mixed cropping and sheep farm near Birchip and has long held a passion for action on climate. Claire completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in History and Politics from the University of Melbourne. She is currently undertaking a Juris Doctor at Melbourne Law School. When she is not studying in the city, Claire enjoys spending time at her family’s farm and learning about the business.