LUC is delighted to announce that we have promoted 38 members of staff this year. The number of promotions in 2018 is double the average of previous years.

Within our Landscape Design team, Mark Fisk and Ed Phillips are promoted to Directors of Landscape Architecture. Mark joined us in 2012 and has over 12 years’ commercial experience. He has a diverse input at LUC, but with a focus on educational and residential landscapes. He’s frequently involved in supporting feasibility studies, preparing landscape designs for planning applications for large-scale developments, developing detailed construction packages and ensuring the successful implementation of projects on site. Ed joined LUC in 2002, and specialises in bringing people and places together through well-executed urban realm schemes. He sees the role of the landscape architect as a vital link between the building professions and plays a critical overview role at LUC in terms of design and technical support, using his knowledge of project assembly, specification and innovation in materials and design solutions.

Landscape Planner Sally Marshall is now Associate Director of Landscape and Seascape Planning. Sally joined LUC in 2003. Her areas of expertise include developing methodologies in landscape and seascape character assessment; and applying character assessments to inform terrestrial and marine planning and management. She has played a key role in developing landscape sensitivity assessments for renewable energy and other developments, including housing, to help inform strategic planning policy.

Steven Orr moves up to Associate Director of Planning. Joining LUC in 2007, Steven is an experienced environmental planner and historic environment specialist with over 10 years in practice. His work spans strategic planning, policy and guidance development, plan, programme and governance evaluation, and research. Steven leads LUC’s historic environment team.

Landscape designers Jon Bannister, Ben Shakespeare and Jacqueline Whitworth-Allan were promoted to Associate grade and Ed Manning moves up to Principal.

Juli Titherington becomes Associate Ecologist, Katrina Davies is promoted to Associate Landscape Planner and Chris Green moves up to Principal GIS & Visualisation Consultant.

Rob Schofield and Susanne Underwood are now Associate Planners. Chris Peachey, Sarah Smith and Melissa McGinley have been promoted to Principal Planners.

Marketing and Communications Manager Gemma Bosworth and HR Manager Helen Ash also received promotions.

Congratulations to all on their well-deserved promotions!

Earlier this year we reported on the Gender Pay Gap and explained what LUC is doing to address it. A fundamental part of this is ensuring balanced representation throughout all levels of the business. Our overall gender balance is around 53:47 (Female:Male) and the promotions this year are 60:40 overall and 54:46 at Associate and above.

These are not targets set during the process of determining promotions, but the results of analysis carried out after the decision-making has been completed, and it demonstrates that LUC is delivering on a narrower gender pay gap for the future.