Congratulations to TEP’s Landscape Manager Valerie Jennings, who has recently passed her Landscape Institute (LI) exam to become a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI).
The LI is the chartered body for the landscape profession. 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. The LI provides a professional ‘home’ for all landscape practitioners. The LI’s Pathway to Chartership supports landscape practitioners through active learning, assessment and reflective practice to develop a breadth of skills, knowledge, understanding and integrity which is required to be a chartered landscape professional. To become chartered takes years of dedication, not only by a candidate but also their mentors and supervisors. In addition to practicing in all the different fields of the landscape profession, candidates have to carry out a lot of self-study outside of working hours, conferences and study group sessions.
Valerie graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters in Landscape, Planning and Management. She initially started her career in town planning working mainly within private consultancy for a range of clients on projects including residential development, renewable energy and employment land. In 2017 Valerie joined TEP as a planning consultant but quickly developed her interest in landscape by working closely with TEP’s landscape management, landscape design and ecology teams. In 2019 Valerie decided to pursue a professional career in landscape within the landscape management team, bring her strong background in planning and her experience in every part of the planning process to the landscape management team.
Valerie now specialises in landscape management, habitat creation, biodiversity and conservation plans and invasive non-native species management. She has specifically developed skills in green infrastructure and open space related projects, including site survey, data analysis, assessment and project management. Valerie has been involved in a range of multi-disciplinary projects in the housing, health and energy sectors for a range of clients.
Valerie works alongside over 20 other chartered landscape professionals across TEP who provide professional landscape advice and guidance to our wide range of clients.
Valerie said, “I am so proud of being chartered, it is a huge professional and personal achievement that I could not have done without TEP’s support”.