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Two new fellows recognised at Landscape Institute Awards

The Landscape Institute awards held on Thursday 26 November celebrated the election of two new Fellows and the appointment of an Honorary Fellow.

Newly elected Cathy Johnstone has been a trustee for Greenspace Scotland and the Central Scotland Forest Trust as well as serving on the Board for Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership. She is currently a senior manager at Glasgow City Council in which she has led and personally shaped the City Development Plan and, as a senior officer in the public sector, is an ambassador for the profession and for the Institute.

Mary O’Connor, also a new Fellow of the Institute, has been a director at WYG since 2005. Prior to this, she has worked in both private and public sectors and is widely known for her contribution to the second and third editions of the LI’s Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. Since the publication of the third edition, she and Carys Swanwick have run masterclasses across the UK on behalf of the Institute, training the membership to deliver this valuable service. Mary is also the Landscape Institute’s representative on the National Grid’s Stakeholder Advisory Group for their Visual Impact Provision.

The Honorary Fellowship went to John Lloyd-Jones, previous chairman of the Countryside Council for Wales. He has worked as the Welsh Government’s Statutory Advisor on the Natural Environment and a Member of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee for the UK. In 2009, he was appointed as a non-executive member of the Forestry Commission’s National Committee for Wales, and sits on an independent panel reviewing the governance arrangements for Wales’ designated landscapes.

He has been a member of the National Trust’s Rural Enterprise Panel since 2004 and has also held a number of prominent positions within the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales. He was awarded an OBE for services to agriculture and in 2013 he was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Gwynedd.
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