Job Title: Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 200000
Reference: J70478
Contact Name: Rachel Ord
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 17, 2020 16:02

Job Description

The Landscape Institute (LI), the chartered body for the landscape profession, is seeking 2 independent trustees (1 finance) to add breadth of experience and skills to the LI Board.

The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape profession and provides a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers. It is an educational charity working to promote the art and science of landscape practice. The LI’s aim, through the work of its members, is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit. As an organisation we have committed to be net zero by 2029 and are active in relation to the need for action on climate and biodiversity

We are inviting applications from suitably experienced individuals to join the Board of Trustees, which comprises a maximum of 13 members - 9 members are drawn from the membership, by election or appointment, and we appoint 4 independent trustees, either externally or from within the membership, to add breadth of experience and skills to the Board. The current vacancies are for 2 of the 4 independent trustees.

We are seeking 2 new trustees with a range of skills identified as needed for our Board. In particular, we are looking for one application with formal financial qualifications and experience in giving financial advice to boards. We ask that your application address the specific skills and experience related to those listed below and in more detail in the job description based around:

  • Finance, sustainability and growth
  • Management, governance and regulation
  • Values, culture and engagement.

Other requirements are a commitment to the aims and objectives of the Landscape Institute; a good understanding of the duties of a trustee; strategic, visionary thinking and an ability to bring fresh ideas to discussion and challenge opinions respectfully. The role carries the legal responsibilities and liabilities which go with being a charity Trustee. 

Our Board meets five times per year, usually in London, with further engagement by electronic means between meetings. Since the start of the pandemic in 2019, all meetings are conducted virtually.

Person specification


  • Understanding of the duties, responsibilities and liabilities of a member of the LI Board
  • High level of understanding and interest in the issues the Institute seeks to address/represent
  • Sufficient time and commitment to fulfil the role
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Nolan principles
  • Understanding of and commitment to the overall aims and objectives of the Landscape Institute
  • Commitment to enhancing and protecting the Institute’s reputation, ethos and values
  • Understanding, and acceptance, of the legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of trustees
  • sound knowledge of charity governance
  • Ability to understand complex strategic issues, critically assess, analyse and resolve difficult problems
  • Commitment and ability to work effectively and respectfully with others
  • Politically astute, with the ability to grasp relevant issues and understand relationships between interested parties
  • Desire to implement the highest standards of governance


  • Strong business and financial acumen
  • Experience of setting, reviewing and critically analysing reports, budgets and corporate plans
  • Experience of working with the Landscape Institute or similar professional body as a volunteer
  • Experience of committee work
  • Understanding of the position of landscape architecture within the national and political framework
  • Ability to build strong working relationships both internally at with external partners
  • Expertise in a range of skills including Finance, Sustainability & Growth, Management, Governance & Regulation, Values, Culture & Engagement

How to apply

Please apply via the Reach Volunteering website.

Full details are included in the job description which also includes person specification.

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