The Landscape Institute has elected nine new fellows, at the same time shaking up the criteria for fellowship.

Julia Watts
Julia Watts is one of nine new fellows

It has revised them to place greater emphasis on contributions to the profession.

The nine new fellows are Merrick Denton-Thompson, Sue Evans, Noel Farrer, Colin Goodrum, Nigel Hackett, Paul Osborne, Mark van Grieken, Julia Watts and James Welch.

Merrick Denton-Thompson

Merrick Denton-Thompson had a long career with Hampshire County Council, starting in 1978 as county landscape architect, and leaving in 2006 as assistant director of environment. He served on the board of Natural England and is a Trustee of Learning through Landscapes. He has served on the editorial advisory panel of Landscape and is Chair of the Policy & Communications Committee.

Sue Evans

Sue Evans is head of development at Central Scotland Green Network Support Unit, having worked at a wide range of organisations in Scotland. In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for services to forestry. She has played a major role in setting the context for the Central Scotland Forest Strategy.

Noel Farrer

President-elect of the Landscape Institute, Farrer founded Farrer Huxley in 1995, having previously worked for British Rail and the London boroughs of Haringey and Islington. His practice has worked for more than 10 years with the Peabody Estates. Farrer developed much of the schools design guidance on landscape and led the landscape input into the schools design review panel for CABE.

Colin Goodrum

Colin Goodrum is a senior partner with LDA Design. He is responsible for a wide range of projects, with particular emphasis on the promotion of sustainable development in the UK. He appears regularly as an expert witness. He was honorary treasurer to the Landscape Institute from 2006 to 2011.

Nigel Hackett

Nigel Hacket has more than 40 years’ experience at senior level in landscape planning and design, environmental assessment, urban and new town planning and consultancy business development in the UK, Sweden, Hong Kong, China and East Asia. He is currently technical director of URS Infrastructure & Environment UK.

Paul Osborne

Paul Osborne is currently urban design director at LHC Urbanism in Exeter, and has more than 15 years’ experience working as a chartered landscape architect in both the public and private sectors, running large and small projects in the UK and the Middle East. Recently he was a   key member of a mixed professional team that produced Exeter’s residential design planning guidance.

Marc van Grieken

Marc van Grieken is a principal at LUC. He has wide experience, including landscape and visual impact assessment, expert witness work, landscape and planning advice, and urban design. He acts as an enabler for Architecture and Design Scotland, and was a member of the advisory panel for the third edition of Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.

Julia Watts

Julia Watts is a senior landscape architect with Groundwork Hertfordshire, and has been a chartered landscape architect for 20 years. She is currently involved in a substantial programme of improvements to major housing estates. Other projects on which she has worked include the first section of the Trans Pennine Trail and the refurbishment of a grade II* allotment scheme in Nottingham.

James Welch

James Welch is director of Optimised Environments Limited (OPEN) having previously been managing principal and vice president of EDAW/ AECOM. He has specialised in landscape and visual impact assessment, and has given evidence at more than 60 planning enquiries and appeals. Although only in its fourth year, OPEN now has 32 employees.

Changes to the process

The main change to applications for fellowship is that applicants no longer need to demonstrate specific contributions to the Landscape Institute. ‘In the past, applicants had to have played a considerable role in the development of the Institute itself,’ said John Stuart Murray, chair of the Fellowship Admissions Board. ‘We wanted to ensure those members who are shaping the profession, but who may not yet have played a large role in Institute affairs, also gained the recognition they deserved.’

Fellowship has seen a large rise in applications in recent years and the College of Fellows, chaired by Paj Valley, wants to see this continue. ‘We have worked with the Fellowship Board to streamline the application process,’ Valley said. ‘Promoting Fellowship is one of our core aims and we look forward to more members being recognised by their peers.’

Effective immediately, Fellowship applications will now be assessed twice a year instead of just once – to accommodate the increase in application numbers. ‘We will be writing to members whom the College have identified as eligible for Fellowship over coming weeks,’ explained Valley. ‘But we would also encourage anyone who feels they have made a significant contribution to the profession or to the Institute and who holds chartered status to also apply.’

Applications forms and guidance can be downloaded from https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/membership/fli.php. Deadlines for applications are 1 September and 1 March.

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