Welcome to the Landscape Institute, and thank you for taking the time to consider joining us as our new chief executive.
The Landscape Institute (LI) is at an exciting stage in our development. Our new CEO will not only share our passion for connecting people, place, and nature, but be committed to working collaboratively with our Board of Trustees, Advisory Council, and our wider membership through a period of positive change. The results will be greater influence, growth, and impact for our organisation and its membership that is both inclusive and sustainable.
At the heart of what the LI does is our talented membership of over 5,700 landscape professionals. The LI provides a professional home for all landscape practitioners, including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers, and urban designers. Our profession is as diverse and dynamic as the landscapes we create and transform, and our experience spans the whole lifecycle of planning, creating, and managing a wide range of habitats and places.
There could never be a more important time than now for our profession. Our members have a vital contribution to make in tackling the biggest challenges of our time – climate change, nature loss, the health and wellbeing crisis – as well as creating inclusive and accessible places that celebrate the culture, diversity, and creativity of our communities.
We’re proud of what we’ve achieved, but there’s still much to do. We need a CEO who can build on the exciting opportunities we’ve created and help our Institute take its place as a leading voice in the built and natural environment sector.
The LI Board of Trustees is also aware that we need to match our ambition with the careful stewardship of our resources. Our new CEO will be skilled at balancing both external and internal priorities. As one of our key ambassadors, they will need to be credible, persuasive, and politically astute. They will also be collaborative and facilitative, with strong capabilities in organisational, financial, and people management and service delivery.
Our new CEO will be someone who values, and is able to harness, the diverse skills, knowledge, and experience of our membership, and have the confidence to devolve, create, and widen membership participation. And above all, they will ensure that becoming a landscape practitioner is a credible and accessible career choice for creative and passionate people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Board and I are excited to begin the next phase of the Landscape Institute’s evolution, and we’re looking forward to working with a new CEO who can help us deliver it.
Jane Findlay CMLI
President of the Landscape Institute and Chair of the Board of Trustees