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Landscape Institute Elections 2019: results announced

On 1 July 2019, the Landscape Institute (LI) will welcome 12 new members to its Board of Trustees and Advisory Council.

This follows the 2019 LI Board and Council elections, the results of which were announced at a members-only reception on Friday 7 June 2019.

Successful candidates

President Elect

  • Jane Findlay CMLI, elected with 370 out of 907 votes (40.8%)

Vice President

  • Carolin Göhler FLI, elected with 458 out of 876 votes (52.3%)

Honorary Secretary

  • Romy Rawlings CMLI, elected with 516 out of 870 votes (59.3%)

Non-Chartered Board Member

  • Niall Williams (Student), elected unopposed

Advisory Council Ordinary Members

  • Catherine Birkin CMLI, elected with 491 out of 842 votes (58.3%)
  • Peter Neal FLI, elected with 467 out of 842 votes (55.5%)
  • Charlotte Ann Cottingham CMLI, elected with 440 out of 842 votes (52.3%)
  • Wing Lai CMLI, elected with 423 out of 842 votes (50.2%)
  • Diana Ispas CMLI, elected with 412 out of 842 votes (48.9%)
  • Anna French CMLI, elected with 372 out of 842 votes (44.2%)
  • Michele Lavelle CMLI, elected with 370 out of 842 votes (43.9%)

Advisory Council Student Member

  • Cara Pedley (Student), elected with 27 out of 51 votes (52.9%)

LI President Adam White was thrilled to see such a high turnout in this year’s elections. 988 ballots were returned in total (19.2%) – the highest since 2011.

‘The LI’s efforts these past 2 years have centred around collaboration, engagement and inclusive growth,’ Adam said. ‘We’re thrilled to see so many members responding to this positive message and taking the opportunity to have a direct say in how their Institute is run.

‘It’s also great to see a diverse list of candidates, with different disciplines, ethnic and regional backgrounds represented. We’re particularly delighted that so many leading women in the landscape profession stood for election.

‘Two thirds of this year’s candidates were women – including 3 out of 4 of our presidential candidates – and each of the directly elected Officer roles on the Board went to female candidates.

‘Our research has found an increasing wage gap in the landscape profession as men and women progress to senior levels. Helping more female members into leadership roles is a huge priority in our Diversity and Inclusion strategy, and it’s really fantastic that so many women will be taking on key leadership roles from July.’

Adam will continue to work with the new Board and Council as President until July 2020, and then until July 2021 in the role of Immediate Past President.

‘I’d like to offer my congratulations to Jane and the rest of the successful candidates,’ he said. ‘I look forward to working with you all during what I am sure will be a hugely successful and exciting 2 years!’

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