During February 2021, The Landscape Institute (LI) announced its CEO Dan Cook was leaving the association after five years in the role.
Dan was described as an excellent leader during a time of “positive transformation” in a statement released by the LI. Dan explained his enjoyment working as CEO, and added: “I’m particularly pleased with the changes we’ve made as an organisation. Now, the LI is more current, modern and relevant.”
Around six months later, The LI announced the appointment of their new CEO, Sue Morgan.
Joining the LI from the Design Council, Sue came prepared with over 25 years’ worth of experience in the built and natural environment. Sue said: “I can see the crucial role the landscape profession has to play. Our members’ unique insight spans the whole lifecycle of planning, creating, and managing a wide range of habitats and places.”
Concentrating on the development of the LI, Sue explained her priorities for the upcoming years working in her new role to be focused on upholding the LI’s values, mission, and delivering the LI’s existing corporate strategy, whilst shaping a bold new strategy too.
“I’m looking forward to forming new partnerships and working closely with our existing stakeholders to put this holistic vision at the heart of policy and development.”
Later in the year, on 25 November, The Landscape Institute Awards took place. Celebrating people, place and nature across the world, and the myriad ways that landscape projects can connect them.
This year projects focused on sustainability, the improvement of physical and mental health, and wellbeing. The shortlist was strong, with 73 projects all covering an impressive multitude of ideas. From a £250m car-free and low-carbon housing development in Leeds, to a waterfront master plan on the shores of the Yangtze River.