The Landscape Institute has announced the appointment of four new Trustees under its new governance structure.

Deborah Fowler
Deborah Fowler

The Trustees have legal responsibility for managing the charity and the Board meets six times a year. For the first time in its history, the LI has appointed three external trustees who are not Landscape Institute members.
Dominic McVey, Deborah Fowler and Mike Owen will be making significant contributions to the LI’s management. Tony Edwards who also sits on the LI Advisory Council, will bring a wealth of experience of the profession to his role on the Board.
Ian Phillips, Chair of the LI’s Appointments and Selection Committee, said: “The committee was impressed by the quality of responses for the four independent Board member vacancies, and faced a tough task in making its selections from a strong field of internal and external candidates.
“I believe that these appointments will help to revitalise the LI in proactively engaging with many of the challenging issues that currently face us”.
Dominic McVey became a millionaire at fifteen, importing and selling the micro scooter, and was quickly appointed by Her Majesty the Queen ‘As a Pioneer for Britain in Entrepreneurism.’ He runs a portfolio of business interests from fashion and music to media and cosmetics. He is an advisor on entrepreneurialism to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment of the Irish Government. He has consulted for a wide group of institutions and organisations including the DTi and DfES.
He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Landscape Institute’s board of trustees and will be drawing on my entrepreneurial experience to bring fresh thinking from the perspective of someone outside the industry. In particular, I am looking forward to communicating what the Landscape Institute is and the benefits it can bring both to its members and the wider public on the crucial issue of natural and built environments.” 
Deborah Fowler works as a consultant on issues of charity governance, strategy, finance, health and social issues. In 2009, she stepped down from her position as CEO of Age Concern Islington, after seven years of successfully growing the organisation.
Deborah has broad-based non-executive experience including Shelter’s Finance and Audit Committees, the Islington Strategic Partnership Board, and Age Concern Enterprise’s Trading Alliance Liaison Board. Prior to moving into the Third Sector, Deborah worked in the field of central banking and financial services regulation at the Bank of England and then the Financial Services Authority, where she worked in PR, managing the FSA’s Press Office dealings on City regulatory issues. 
She said: “I’m delighted to be a joining a valued organisation that is doing excellent work in promoting high-quality landscape architecture. I aim to put my experience of governance, finance and strategy to good use for the benefit of the LI and its charitable objectives”.
Mike Owen is a specialist in strategic marketing and is managing partner of the Owen Morris Partnership, a strategic coaching and marketing support agency.
He has held a number of general management positions across the public and not-for-profit sectors, including Head of Strategic Planning with the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency.
He said: “I am looking forward to using my experience as a director of membership organisations to help with the strategic management of the LI. I have a strong interest in the domains covered by the LI, particularly urban design, and I feel the LI and its members have an important role to play in contributing to the future development of UK’s environment.”
Tony Edwards is managing director of the environmental design practice PLACE, with more than 30 years experience of masterplanning, regeneration and environmental planning. He is also a design review member of CABE and several other London panels. 
He said: “I put myself forward for election to the advisory panel and as a Trustee because I wanted to take a positive role. Being a RIBA member and international member of ASLA, I hope to bring in lessons and influences from other professional bodies.”

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