The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has officially announced the appointment of Ben Stockwin as its new CEO, who will commence the top job in April 2020.
Mr Stockwin, who previously served as the CEO for the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) for nine years, brings with him more than two decades of experience across government, education and not-for-profit sectors.
AILA President Shaun Walsh said Mr Stockwin would bring a tremendous range of skills to the 12-strong team, having successfully led a diverse national organisation while gaining an appreciation of the intersection between natural, managed and constructed environments.
“Our cities and regions are facing unprecedented social, cultural and environmental challenges. Mr Stockwin’s extensive experience will help provide leadership to the Institute that will continue to raise our membership profile, our engagement with allied organisations and our advocacy to all levels of government,” Mr Walsh said.
“Mr Stockwin was appointed following an open recruitment process and was selected based on the strengths of his experience as a CEO, his proven ability to lead an organisation with members across Australia, as well as his common cultural values, dynamic energy and emotional intelligence expressed in successive interviews.
“We are delighted that Mr Stockwin will be joining us in the next chapter of AILA’s progression and we look forward to welcoming him to the world of landscape architecture,” he continued.
Mr Stockwin said it was AILA’s strong social purpose, good governance and vibrant membership that made the move attractive.
“The role will allow me to continue to work with an organisation that improves the lives of Australians in multiple ways, and I look forward to building on the inspirational work of AILA thus far,” Mr Stockwin stated.
“Issues around sustainability, nature deficit disorder, increasing population and climate change have been at the forefront of my work over the past decade, and I look forward to integrating these into the role at AILA.”
Mr Stockwin will officially commence on Monday 6 April, relocating from Tasmania to work from AILA’s national office in Canberra.