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Stand for Council in 2024

We continue to lead the way in promoting professionalism, attracting new entrants to the sector and showcasing the work of a dynamic and growing workforce.

With another busy year ahead with some exciting new initiatives, including the roll-out of Technical membership, planning for our centenary in 2025-26, reviewing how we invest our finances ethically, and improving our support for members on a regional level, it is a great time to join our governance team.

There are currently vacancies for two Fellows and five Professional Members on Council. Terms are for two years and all ages and backgrounds are welcome so long as you are chartered.

Council Away Day - June 2023

What's involved?

As well as involvement with Council business at a minimum of three meetings each year, each Councillor will also be appointed to one of the Institute’s committees or activity portfolios.

All service on the Council is honorary but reasonable cost of travel and, when necessary, overnight accommodation can be met by the Institute.

Apply today

If you would like to stand for Councillor, you will need two Chartered members to nominate you by writing to Kelly Dudley at, Finance & Governance Officer, by Monday 25 March

Voting will take place online in advance of the AGM on 29 May.

Why stand for Council?

I stood for election in 2020 to bolster an incredible UK profession that I saw fragmenting under devolution. I wanted to use my time on Council to give us a stronger voice - no mean feat given the political environment of the last four years. What I've gained is fantastic insight into the breadth of our profession (especially the amazing arboriculturists) and connections with inspiring and talented people from all corners of the UK and beyond. I've learned loads tackling the important nitty-gritty of shaping and running a membership organisation - so different to running a large public-sector agency. And of course, there has been the joy post-lockdown of getting back out into the woods with colleagues. The time has flown past and I can't quite believe it's over.
Jo O'Hara MICFor
Institute Councillor & Director of Futureark Ltd

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