The panel, alongside consultant Dr Alex Hilliam, will examine ways that the LI and its members could make a positive contribution towards national climate change targets and international obligations

'There is no planet B'. Photo by Li-An Lim on Unsplash

Following the Landscape Institute (LI) Board’s declaration in June of a climate and biological diversity emergency, the LI has formed an expert panel to coordinate our response over the coming 6 months.

LI Chief Executive Dan Cook said:

‘I’m proud that we’ve committed not just to a declaration, but to change and real action. We know we have much to do, but as a professional body we must base decisions on expert advice.

‘It’s great to see such interest to help us from a range of experts across the landscape, ecology and sustainability sectors.’

Panel members will work with an appointed external consultant to provide expert advice and develop a list of potential actions that the LI and its members could take to make a positive contribution towards national climate change targets and international obligations. The panel will also explore what new guidance and standards the LI could produce to support this work.

Who’s on the panel?

  • Dr Debbie Bartlett CMLI (CIEEM and LI)
  • Graham Lee CMLI (LI)
  • Martin Brown (Construction and sustainability consultant)
  • Lise Benningen CMLI (LI)
  • Morag MacGregor CMLI (LI)
  • Ciara Hanson CMLI (LI)
  • Sean Rushton CMLI (LI)
  • Hope Parnham (Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA))
  • Claire Wansbury CMLI (CIEEM and LI)
  • Peter Massini (CIEEM)
  • Jenifer White CMLI (LI)
  • Mitch Cooke (CIEEM)
  • Anastasia Nikologianni (LI Policy and Communications Committee)
  • Romy Rawlings CMLI (Honorary Secretary, LI Board of Trustees)

Dan Cook, Claire Winder and Theo Plowman from the LI staff team will provide support.

About Dr Alex Hilliam

Dr Alex Hilliam, Director of Hilliam Research and Analysis, is highly experienced social researcher and behaviour change specialist. His work focuses on supporting organisations to develop, implement and evaluate low carbon and sustainability-related behaviour change projects, interventions and evaluations.

Recent and current clients include NHS Scotland, The Scottish Government Decarbonisation Division, Living Streets Scotland and Sustrans.

Dr Hilliam is experienced in a range of behaviour change techniques and is a leading expert in the Scottish Government’s Individual, Social and Material (ISM) tool. Prior to setting up his own business, Alex worked as a behaviour change specialist at the environmental charity Changeworks. He has also spent 5 years working in the market research industry; experience which, in combination with his academic research background, has provided him with extensive research skills that he has applied in a wide range of sustainability-based projects.

In his capacity as a behaviour change expert, Alex was a member of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Task Force and was co-opted onto the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group.


  1. How can LI members contribute suggestions to the panel, to highlight practical action that could be taken in the UK urban and rural landscape, e.g. to reduce water runoff , and reduce heat island effects ?


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