Chief executive’s team

Daniel Cook

CEO

Daniel leads the staff team at the LI, who work to ensure the landscape profession remains relevant, makes impact, and grows broader and more inclusive.

He provides strategic advice, insight and support to our Board of Trustees and leadership team on a range of matters. He is responsible for the LI’s management and operations, the delivery of our corporate strategy and business plans, and the fulfilment of our legal obligations and those under our Royal Charter.

Favourite landscape?

‘Having grown up close to the coast in Australia, I have a real affinity to coastal landscapes and I can’t narrow it to just one! Some of my favourite landscapes include the Bouddi National Park on the New South Wales Central Coast; the Ipanema-Leblon coastal strip in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and the city of Barcelona in Catalonia.’

Yvonne Matthews

Executive to CEO and Leadership Team
Office Manager

Yvonne supports the LI’s CEO and leadership team in the efficient execution of their duties, providing confidential administration of diaries, travel and correspondence. She assists with staff projects and procedures including staffing and recruitment, executive committee and Advisory Council business, and external events.

Favourite landscape?

‘The landscape at Trundle hill, the viewing area for Goodwood Racecourse, looking over the rolling hilltops out towards the sea on a beautiful clear day.’

Finance and operations

Andy Wallace

Head of Finance and Operations

Andy manages all matters relating to the LI’s finances, from transaction processing and bill are paying, through monitoring and reporting, to preparing annual accounts for audit. He also ensures that the LI is governed in accordance with applicable law, good practice and our governing documents.

Favourite landscape?

‘I have two current favourite landscapes. The first is the countryside of south east Leicestershire and Rutland, for its rolling hills and well-managed agriculture. The second is the Sussex South Downs, which I can see from my house. I like the seemingly endless and unpopulated hills and the dramatic vegetation formed by the seaside weather.’

Louis Varley

Digital Systems Manager

Louis runs all digital systems and IT for the LI, including all of our websites and internal infrastructure systems.

Favourite landscape?

‘For me, the New forest is a magical place – one of the few places in the UK that truly brings you back to older times. I have a love for animals and the New Forest allows for commoners’ rights, so the animals there are free roaming.’

Professional standards

Simon Odell

Head of Professional Standards

Emma Wood

Professional Standards and Governance Manager

Emma leads the LI team on matters of ethics, conduct, CPD monitoring and compliance. As well as supporting the LI Board of Trustees and Advisory Council, Emma is the primary professional conduct . She also acts as liaison to the LI Library and Archive at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading.

Favourite landscape?

‘My favourite landscape is currently Yosemite in California, USA. But tomorrow it could be New Zealand’s Abel Tasman national park; Grand Balcon Nord in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France…’

External affairs

Poppy Smith

Head of External Affairs

Ben Brown

Policy Manager

Rebecca Hughes

Policy and Influencing Consultant – Scotland

Pete Mullin

Policy and Influencing Consultant – Northern Ireland

Huw Owen

Policy and Influencing Consultant – Wales (part-time)

Fay Jones

Policy and Influencing Consultant – Wales (part-time)

Member services and business development

Rachel Smith

Head of Business Development

Rachel leads the LI in providing growth and ongoing capability development for the landscape and placemaking profession.

Favourite landscape?

‘I had the pleasure of visiting New York for the first time this year, and the High Line provided some much needed peace and quiet amidst the mayhem of Manhattan.’

Andrew Morris

Head of Product Development

Andrew is responsible for managing and developing the LI’s products and services. He continuously looks to improve the LI membership offer, from the Pathway to Chartership to sector CPD events, apprenticeship opportunities, affinity products and member benefits.

Favourite landscape?

‘Being a history geek, Dunham Massey is my “go-to place” with my wife and four girls. With its mix of contemporary and historic splendour, Dunham has spectacular gardens for any season. It’s a place we never grow tired of; in fact, pride of place in my dining room is a photo canvas of my daughters playing happily in the gardens.’

Wayne Walker

Membership Development Manager

Wayne is responsible for developing engagement opportunities with LI members to support the growth and broadening of the LI’s membership, and improve the LI’s offering to its members.

Favourite landscape?

‘On a recent trip to Japan, I was blown away by the culture, architecture and breath-taking landscapes. If I had to choose just one, it would have to be the Meiji Jingu Shrine Forest in the heart of central Tokyo. In memory of Emperor Meiji, 100,000 trees were donated and planted by about 110,000 volunteers. The park was a hive of activity; there was so much going on, from historical ceremonies and celebrations to a music and flower festival.’

Lee Garnham

Membership and Digital Services Officer

Lee looks after the LI’s members, providing support with products, subscriptions, applications, payment inquiries and all other membership-related matters. He also provides support to the LI’s business development team.

Favourite landscape?

‘The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail in the Yorkshire Dales. I’m a keen amateur photographer, and this is where I first honed my photography skills.’

Rachel Howe

Administrator – Scotland

Rachel works with Artas-ua.info Institute Scotland to assist with the smooth running of the branch.

Favourite landscape?

‘The Caingorms National Park – it’s a stunning part of the Scottish landscape that promises something new every time you visit.’

Keith Prickett

Member Support Officer

Marketing and communications

Amina Waters

Interim Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Paul Lincoln

Executive Director of Projects

Ben Gosling

Communications Manager

Ben creates and manages content for the LI websites and coordinates our email campaigns, including Vista, the LI’s fortnightly e-newsletter. He also helps manage our many member updates, from technical to policy and more.

Favourite landscape?

‘The cliffs of north Pembrokeshire are as storied as they are ruggedly beautiful. Inspiration for countless folklore tales, they were also the site of the “last invasion of Britain” – the infamous Battle of Fishguard – in 1797.’

Tahlia McKinnon

Digital and Social Media Officer

Tahlia looks after the LI’s social platforms, creating and sharing digital assets, keeping both members and the public up to date with news, events and in-house activity.

Favourite landscape?

‘Boasting a unique structure that is both practical and pleasing to the eye, the breathtaking rice terraces of Tegalalang Village, Bali, will capture the imagination of the most discerning ecotourist. Seen at sunset, the spread is particularly beautiful, as a multitude of Instagram posts can illustrate.’

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