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8. Ensuring Inclusive Leadership post COVID-19


In an increasingly volatile and complex world, what we are required to oversee as leaders is ever-changing. Diversity is at the centre of this – whether it be the markets we operate in, customers we serve and workforce we recruit. This panel discussion with explore inclusive leadership, and how by ensuring this is at the centre of how we operate, the sector can better mitigate challenges post pandemic.

David Fisher, Chris Worman, Ishrat Karimi Fini

David Fisher, Lantra

David Fisher is Lantra’s Head of Industry Partnerships, overseeing the development and implementation of training and qualifications in Landscaping and Agriculture. Having worked at Lantra for 6 years, David’s role has included working closely with large companies and trade associations to ensure suitable operator training and CPD exists, and being part of industry steering groups with HSE departments on important issues, including minimising chemical usage and reducing workbased injuries in land-based sectors.

Chris Worman MBE, Rugby Borough Council

Christopher Worman MBE is Parks and Grounds Manager for Rugby Borough Council. Chris has over 36 years’ experience of working in the parks industry. He has been appointed a Green Flag Award judge from the very start of the initiative, and for the last 24 years has had the opportunity to assess countless parks across the UK and beyond. For his service to the Green Flag Awards, Chris was awarded an MBE in 2016. Chris is also a representative of the parks industry within the government’s Parks Action Group.

Ishrat Karimi Fini, Bromsgrove District & Redditch Borough Councils

Ishrat Karimi Fini has 18 years’ experience in green space management and community cohesion. She has worked largely in local government, but also with third sector organisations, supporting the work of young South Asian women. Ishrat has worked in a number of community involvement projects throughout her career and managed a number of successful large-scale events and large development projects. Her passion for green spaces and development enables her to play a vital role in decision making as a trustee and ensure the Midlands Parks Forum has the best start to become a key player in green space decision making locally, regionally and nationally.

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