Over the coming months, LI members will have the opportunity to nominate and elect new trustees and council members to lead the landscape profession

Image from Fira's 40 Years of Place-Making anniversary book. © Fira/Soda

Nominations for the Landscape Institute 2021 elections will soon open. In two weeks’ time, the LI will call for members to stand for election to our Advisory Council and Board of Trustees for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 session years.

LI Board and Council are the Institute’s steering voices. They guide and make the decisions that help us deliver our purpose under Royal Charter, meet and exceed our business objectives, and stay strong, resilient, and ready to lead, whatever the challenges ahead.

2021 election timetable

  • Monday 15 March: Nominations open
  • Thursday 15 April: Nominations close
  • Tuesday 4 May: Elections open
  • Tuesday 1 June: Elections close
  • Thursday 1 July: Formal declaration of results and term start date

Delivering for all of society

The Landscape Institute’s Royal Charter, granted in 1997, requires that we operate in the public interest. This means working for the benefit of everyone in society.

Recent challenges have highlighted widening divisions and inequalities in society. The LI aspires for our members to be the leading voice in a greener recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. But to be truly successful, that recovery – and our leadership – must be equitable, diverse, and inclusive.

We encourage members from all backgrounds to nominate themselves for election to Board and Council. In particular, we welcome nominations from members from under-represented groups in the landscape sector, both in the workforce and at the leadership level:

  • People from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
  • LGBT+ people
  • People from low socioeconomic backgrounds
  • People with disabilities
  • Women – particularly mothers with young children who are balancing work and childcare in lockdown

‘To effect real, inclusive change, we need two things: plurality of views and lived experiences; and visible role-models for everyone in society,’ said LI President Jane Findlay.

‘We need plurality of views and lived experiences, and visible role-models for everyone in society.’

‘Since the Black Lives Matter movement last year galvanised anti-racism around the world, we’ve confronted some uncomfortable truths about the relationship between placemaking and racial discrimination, and links between parks and gardens and the transatlantic slave trade. We’ve also heard from many practitioners who have experienced racial discrimination in the workplace.

‘We’ve already identified a gender pay gap in landscape. Now, in our industry as well as countless others, we run the risk of losing talented women due to the demands of home schooling and entrenched caring inequalities.

‘And our LGBT+ network, Rainbow Places, has heard about some of the struggles LGBT+ practitioners are facing – both in the workplace and outside it.

‘We warmly welcome nominations from new leaders who have lived these or other similar stories; who can share their experiences, help us learn from them, and help us become a vibrant and diverse professional community that acknowledges and serves people from any and all backgrounds.’

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