The Landscape Institute has appointed a new head of education and membership.
The appointee is Chris Sheridan, who had previously worked for the Royal Town Planning Instittute in a number of education-related roles, culminating in the position of senior careers, education and lifelong-learning officer.
One of his aims is to grow the membership of the LI. He said: ‘ Engaging with a broader range of professionals is vital to the evolution of any profession. Our routes to membership are open to a broader range of landscape professionals, and we have the processes in place to ensure we safeguard standards. A broader membership base will strengthen the voice and influence of the profession.’
Sheridan added, ‘I think it’s an exciting time to join the institute. I can see lots of opportunities to work with universities and LI branches to develop ways in which we support members throughout their careers. Universities have their challenges, and these are shared by many other professions. My initial focus will be on practical ways to support our universities, in particular with the employability of graduates. We also need to develop ways to bring more of the brightest school leavers into LI-accredited courses.’
He is looking forward to working with the LI branches and committees, saying, ‘I find the commitment and leadership shown by members who take an active role within their profession inspiring. I’m also very keen to do more to support the wider membership, and find ways to ensure they get real value from their membership.
‘There is an important role for the LI in helping members to champion the profession in the workplace. By supporting and encouraging greater leadership and influence by our members, we can over time help raise the confidence of both members and the profession.’