Honorary Secretary – the Landscape Institute is currently seeking a Chartered or Fellow member to fill this temporary vacancy

The LI is currently looking for a Chartered or Fellow member to fill its Honorary Secretary vacancy and make a vital contribution to the work of the institute. This is a post to be filled until June 30th 2021.  We are particularly keen to hear from those with management, governance and experience of working within a variety of organisations.

The officers (President, President Elect or Immediate Past President, Vice-President, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer) attend both Board of Trustees and Advisory Council meetings and work for the LI outside these meetings.

The Board and Council are the public faces of the landscape profession. They engage and collaborate with members and key stakeholders to gain valuable insight and help ensure the profession’s continued relevance and success. As an LI Officer you will be instrumental in shaping the strategic direction of the LI over the next year

As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we want to strengthen our Board to better reflect the diversity of our society. We do this by seeking trustees who bring different backgrounds, perspectives and lived experience as well as a range of skills

About the role

Senior LI member with broad experience of the Institute to provide leadership and support to the Officers and CEO. Senior liaison with members, overseeing the partnership between membership and staff and ensuring collaborative working between all stakeholders. Decision maker of last resort where

required in disciplinary and conduct matters relating to Members and for complaints made by Members. The role holder will have support of other LI Officers to work together to support each other. They will ensure that there are appropriate delegations of authority and oversight of those in place.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

In addition to those duties and responsibilities performed by all trustees, the Honorary Secretary will lead on:

Leadership and Support to Officers and Trustees:

  • Providing leadership and support to the Officers and continuity of knowledge
  • In conjunction with Chairs of Board / Council, ensuring robust performance evaluations of Officers and Board members individually and as an entity

Leadership and Support to CEO:

  • Appraisals and performance management of CEO and ensuring the CEO is acting in a manner consistent with their responsibilities to the Board as a whole and that performance is regularly reviewed
  • In conjunction with the Chair of the Board, ensuring the CEO has clear key performance indicators by which they will be held to account
  • Ensuring that the CEO has the opportunity for professional development and has the appropriate external support
  • Ensuring there are clear, open processes for the recruitment (and if necessary, dismissal) of the CEO and for setting and reviewing the remuneration package of the CEO

Senior Liaison with Members:

  • Providing senior liaison with LI members
  • Being the focal point for relationship management between LI members and LI employee team and lead on culture and behaviours
  • Providing assurance to LI members generally from an impartial perspective
  • Balancing the interests of staff and members of Advisory Council / Board and engaging with Advisory Council and Board stakeholders where appropriate

Disciplinary and Conduct:

  • Oversight of the Institute’s conduct and disciplinary processes
  • Oversight of the Institute’s Professional Standards and Code of Conduct (draft new Code of Practice underway)


  • Being the focal point for the right of appeal in complaints made by members
  • Oversight of the Institute’s grievance processes


  • Ensuring sufficient communication of Board decisions to Committees and other groups where appropriate – promoting transparency and connection where required
  • In conjunction with LI team (and other relevant professionals) ensuring effective induction, training and mentoring of Board members
  • Primary trustee contact with the Institute’s HR and Legal advisors on matters not delegated to the CEO
  • Ensuring regular review and update of key policies related to behaviours.

Person Specification

  • High level of understanding and interest in the profession
  • Demonstrable commitment to the values and principles of the Institute
  • Strong business acumen
  • Knowledge of risk and assurance
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to understand strategic issues, analyse and resolve difficult problems
  • Diplomatic with strong dispute resolution skills
  • Sound, independent judgement
  • Politically astute with the ability to grasp relevant issues and understand relationships between interested parties
  • Clear understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of trustees
  • Sound knowledge of governance
  • Sufficient time and commitment to fulfil the role
  • Ability to appraise the performance of governance bodies and individuals
  • Gravitas to win and hold the respect of trustees, volunteers, members and staff
  • Confidence and strength of character to uphold unpopular decisions and to act firmly and decisively to ensure trustees exceed minimum expected behaviours
  • Understanding and experience of cultural diversity
  • Ability to scrutinise a process without re-performing the decision

Key Documents:

LI Corporate Plan 2018-23

Terms of Reference – Board of Trustees 

Terms of Reference – Advisory Council 

How to apply

Please email a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements for this role to regulations@landscapeinstitute.org

The deadline for receipt of applications is 2359 (UTC+1) Sunday 09 August 2020

The post will run from the date of appointment to 30 June 2021.  There will be LI Elections in 2021 and the appointee can stand for election to the post if they so choose

The LI is an equal opportunities charity that bases appointments on merit alone.  We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

About the Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute is the chartered body for the landscape profession. We aim to lead and inspire the landscape profession to ensure it is equipped to deliver its purpose under our Royal Charter for the benefit of people, place and nature, for today and for future generations.

Our vision is to be a relevant, expert and trusted professional body, which develops the skills, knowledge and professional behaviours of its members. We will be agile, innovative and responsive in the face of environmental challenges and major social change, to help our members and the communities they serve deliver more sustainable ways for living and working in the future.

The Institute will conduct itself, in accordance with sound ethical and professional behaviours. In enabling its members to give trusted, authoritative and independent advice we work according to the following values of being:

  1. Caring and nurturing
  2. Creative and passionate
  3. Socially and environmentally aware.

It is an educational charity working to promote the art and science of landscape practice. We provide a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape, parks and place managers and urban designers.


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To apply for this job email your details to regulations@landscapeinstitute.org.