Previous role was as director of strategy and planning at RICS

Daniel Cook - Landscape Institute chief executive
Daniel Cook - Landscape Institute Chief Executive

LI President Merrick Denton-Thompson has announced the appointment of Daniel Cook as its new chief executive officer to provide fresh leadership and drive forward its aim to broaden membership, particularly internationally.

Daniel Cook was previously director of strategy and planning at RICS. He joined the organisation in London in 2008. Before that he had worked as chief of staff and advisor to a number of ministers in the NSW State Government, Australia.

During his time at RICS he helped to create their first corporate strategy, playing an active role in their international expansion and leading the successful RICS ‘Futures programme’.

Merrick Denton-Thompson said: “We are excited to have secured Daniel for this important role. He is an energetic leader and a thought leader with an excellent track record of turning insight into strategy. He understands the changing dynamics impacting on professional membership organisations operating across both the natural and built environment.

“He also has a wealth of experience and knowledge spanning earth science, urban planning, policy and politics, as well as a great network that will be of great benefit to the future development of the landscape profession.

“Daniel joins at an exciting time for the LI as it modernises its governance and approach to develop a broader membership of landscape professionals. He will also seek to improve engagement with the next generation and progress the LI’s focus on education to ensure that our profession continues to provide skilled practitioners to meet industry and society’s needs.”

Daniel Cook said: “I am excited to be joining an organisation at the forefront of place-making. The work of landscape professionals is inspirational and makes a real difference to us all.  There are great opportunities across a range of disciplines including land management, well-being, resilience and green infrastructure.

“My approach will be to boost engagement and collaborate even more with partner organisations in the landscape fields and beyond. I also take seriously the public interest remit to which chartered bodies must adhere.”


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