(Mr. Kevin Halpenny President)
On behalf of the Council of the Irish Landscape Institute, I am pleased to update you in relation to your Institute’s current work and future initiatives.
The ILI is an Institute run by and for its members on a voluntary basis. Our events and activities are as good or otherwise as the level of input, commitment and effort made by our members and the ILI Council on your behalf. The 2018 ILI Awards held in May showcased the broad range and very high quality of the work our members are producing. It was indeed heartening to receive almost 60 submissions across a range of categories and to close to 100 attendees present at the awards event. The success of the awards underlines the need for us to promote our services and capabilities and to advertise our achievements as widely as possible.
As with all organisations, the ILI must adapt to the needs of its members. Efficient communication and robust administration are vital to our success. To this end we are in the process of revamping our Membership Database and you may be contacted to ensure that we have the correct details for you or your organisation.
Our Website is also in the process of being upgraded to make it more relevant to your needs and to have more up to date information available on jobs, upcoming events and points of interest to members.
Continuing Professional Development CPD is a key membership benefit provided by representative bodies such as ours. It is planned to develop a more structured CPD programme with certified attendance for member’s participation. To kick this process off, our first event will take place on the 12th of December combined with our Christmas Get Together see link as follows:
The Professional Practice Exams are now open for applications and the exams will bell be held in Spring of 2019 to provide much needed access to Corporate membership. Other membership initiatives will include increased numbers of members inducted through the PPILI Chamber and the Viva Voce process. Members whose membership has lapsed in recent years will have an opportunity to re-join the Institute if they still fulfil the relevant membership criteria.
The Council of the ILI is currently preparing a programme of events and activities for 2019 and we will provide further details of this in the near future.
Together with the Council, I look forward to working with you and on your behalf to advance the aims and objectives of our Institute.
Signed: Kevin Halpenny
President, Irish Landscape Institute