Meet our team

Antonella Adamus

Head of Education, Standards, and Engagement

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Antonella is responsible for the LI’s accreditation, apprenticeships, and education outreach programmes. An experienced mentor, she is passionate about supporting people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to find a career they love. Antonella is also a dedicated standards development specialist and supports the LI’s technical committee with their output.

Antonella’s favourite landscape is the view from the top of Chesil Beach in Dorset, which she describes as ‘magical and eternal’.

Ahlyah Ali

Membership Services Officer

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Ahlyah supports with answering membership queries, onboarding new members and registered practices, and with the invited and fellow routes to membership. She is also a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) working group at the LI.

Ahlyah says: ‘Part of my heart wanders in forests, even if too infrequently under the presence of those trees. Lost in that sea of blue in a bluebell wood, in wonder at the existence of temperate rainforest in Britain…’

Ruhela Begum

Event Coordinator

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Ruhela works within the events team to lead and manage the LI’s online webinars and CPD events. She also delivers our annual CMLI graduation ceremonies and provides support for LI Awards and branch webinars. She works closely with our events apprentice, helping them learn how to run events.

Ruhela’s favourite landscape is Covent Garden.

Hazel Benza

Policy and Partnership Manager, Scotland (Maternity Cover)

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Hazel is part of the LI’s policy team, working on policy, research, insight, campaigns, and networking to grow influence and help build the landscape profession in Scotland. As policy manager for Scotland, Hazel works on national priorities and opportunities, but also contributes to the work of the wider UK team. Hazel’s background is in the not-for-profit sector, including working as marketing manager for the European Renewable Energy Council, promoting the work of renewable energy professionals in Europe.

Hazel’s favourite landscape is Machu Picchu in Peru, which she describes as breathtaking – especially first thing in the morning, when the sun is just starting to rise and the tourists are still asleep!

Ben Brown

Head of Policy and Insight

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Ben leads the LI’s policy and research team, which is responsible for building the LI’s links with government, industry, and external stakeholders across the UK – promoting the importance of landscape, green infrastructure, and nature-based solutions. Ben led on the LI’s 2020 Climate and Biodiversity Action Plan and also manages our research activities, including our annual member survey. His background is in research and policy development, and he has worked for Arts Council England, the BBC, Design Council, and in the social enterprise sector.

Ben’s favourite landscape is Bonehill Rocks in Dartmoor. (Preferably with climbing shoes on, in portrait mode.)

Lee Garnham

Senior Finance Officer

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Ben Gosling

Communications Manager

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Ben is responsible for communicating the missions, values, and achievements of the LI to our members and a variety of other stakeholders. He leads on the LI’s brand and communications strategy, working in collaboration with the events and membership marketing managers, and provides primary communications support to the policy, technical, and governance teams.

Ben’s favourite landscape is either the tumbling crags of Carreg Wastad in Wales’s Pembrokeshire National Park, or the venerable Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Rachel Howe

Membership Support Officer

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Rachel assists members with routine queries, manages the Pathway to Chartership alongside the membership services team leader, and helps volunteers both on the Pathway and in Scotland to get the most out of their work with the LI.

Rachel’s favourite landscape is the northern coast of Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands.

Donna Lawrence

Head of Finance and Procurement

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Paul Lincoln

Editor of Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute

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Paul edits Landscape, the quarterly journal of the Landscape Institute. Showcasing the best in landscape design, management, and thinking, the journal gives landscape professionals a broad view of the key issues facing the profession, while also equipping them with tools and knowledge to make them better at their jobs. Paul also creates content for a range of projects, including events, competitions, and exhibitions.

Paul’s favourite landscape is that at the Barbican Estate in London, reinvented by Nigel Dunnett.

Saskia Little

Business Development Manager

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Saskia works with the LI’s commercial partners to bring thought leadership to our members and support our work across events, policy, and influencing.

Saskia’s favourite landscape is the Joshua Tree National Forest in southern California, USA.

Michael Lu

Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development

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Michael is responsible for creating a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment at the LI in which staff are empowered and motivated to deliver their work with pride for the benefit of LI members and the environment.

Prior to joining the LI, Michael worked for over 20 years both in-house and as a consultant in HR management, learning and development, talent identification and assessment, and operational strategy across various multinational corporations.

Being Chinese born and having grown up in Hong Kong, Michael brings a unique mix of cross-cultural and corporate perspectives to the senior leadership team.

Among the many landscapes that interest Michael is Yokohama harbour’s aerial view, which he feels imparts a sense of harmony and organisation.

Sarah Magee

Education Manager

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Sarah joined the LI in December 2021 as our education manager, working in Antonella’s team. She takes care of the LI’s Education and Membership Committee (EMC) and works closely with our accredited schools to deliver the highest quality accreditation system. Sarah also works alongside our education marketing manager and delivers education outreach activities to encourage young people to pursue a career in landscape.

Sarah’s favourite landscape is Grouse Mountain in Vancouver.

Yvonne Matthews

Executive Assistant to CEO and President

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As the first point of contact for both the LI president and chief executive, Yvonne manages meetings, engagements – both external and internal – invites, and day-to-day diaries.

Sue Morgan

Chief Executive

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As Chief Executive, Sue leads our staff team in working collaboratively with our Board of Trustees, Advisory Council, and our wider membership to deliver inclusive and sustainable growth, influence, and impact for our organisation and our profession.

Sue’s 25-year-plus career in the built environment, urban renewal and placemaking includes the delivery of the National Design Guide, High Streets Task Force, Home of 2030, and work with major infrastructure clients such as Network Rail and Highways England.

Sue has held senior positions at Design Council, Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust, London local authorities, Groundwork London, Building Services Research Information Association (BSRIA), and a number of London Urban Study Centres. She is a founder of placemaking consultancy Around the Block Ltd and a trained landscape architect and further education lecturer.

Sue’s favourite urban landscape is Abbey Wood in Thamesmead, while her favourite rural landscape is the Black Mountains in Llandovery, West Wales.

Andrew Morris

Commercial Director

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Andrew leads the LI’s commercial team, which is responsible for LI events, competitions, the journal, sponsorship and advertising, training offers, affinity partnerships, product and member marketing, and the LI jobs board. He also curates and develops CPD content and the LI Campus offering. With a continuous improvement mindset, the commercial team work across the LI to develop and support growth, while driving value for our members, market our products, provide training for future skills, increase our outreach to non-members, and raise the profile of the landscape sector.

Andrew’s favourite landscape is the Holy Island coastline at Anglesey and Saddleworth.

Gideon Opaluwa

Head of Professional Regulation

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A foreign qualified lawyer with a background in international business law and an advanced certification in regulatory compliance, Gideon specialises in charity governance and compliance. He leads on providing effective governance support to the LI Board, Advisory Council, and Committees. He’s also responsible for ensuring regulation against the LI’s practice standards, ethics, conduct, and education, including supporting and training volunteers directly involved in regulation.

Gideon loves the Olympic Park in London. He also loves New York’s Central Park, saying it’s remarkable to find such an oasis in a dense urban development.

Abi Palmer-Greenwood

Standards and Branches Manager

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Abi is an engagement specialist and has worked in the built environment for several years. She is passionate about engaging with members and helping them play an active part in their professional organisation. (You can often find her talking to our members directly on LI Connect!) Abi looks after our regional branches and supports Antonella in the development of the LI’s technical work plan.

Abi’s favourite landscape is Dartmoor (Zoar, to be precise), which reminds her of her childhood.

Lucy Pickford

Membership Marketing Manager

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Lucy coordinates marketing and communications initiatives to promote and expand the landscape profession. She manages membership communications, leads on #ChooseLandscape outreach and engagement, and works across a range of projects and teams to keep our members in the loop.

Lucy’s favourite landscape is the Yakushima Forest in Japan.

Theo Plowman

Policy and Public Affairs Manager

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Theo’s main areas of policy activity are in design and placemaking, rural and land use management, and business operations and skills. He also has a role in delivering the LI’s climate and biodiversity policy commitments. Theo leads on the LI’s public affairs work, championing our work to governments and advocating for our policy priorities.

Theo’s favourite landscape is the Valley of the Rocks on the northern edge of Exmoor National Park.

Keith Prickett

Membership Services Team Leader

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At the head of our membership services team , Keith leads on the day-to-day business of the LI membership department. He assigns work to the team and supports them as needed: dealing with queries, advising potential members, setting up new members, managing payments, and maintaining our membership records. Alongside our membership support officer Rachel Howe, he also assists in administering the LI’s Pathway to Chartership.

Keith’s favourite landscape is Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village in Dartmoor.

Oliver Ryan

Events Assistant