Sue Illman is Managing Director of Illman Young, a landscape architectural practice based in Cheltenham, and was President of the Landscape Institute from 2012-2014. Whilst her practice works across most planning and development sectors, she is probably best known for her advocacy work promoting integrated water management and SuDS through inter-professional collaboration. Catchment management alongside the integration of grey, green and blue in our urban landscape has never been more relevant, and is a subject that Sue continues to promote; a role that has been recognised in her current position as Champion for Flood Mitigation and Resilience on behalf of the Construction Industry Council (CIC).
Sue was a co-author of the new SuDS Manual, launched in November 2015 by CIRIA, lead author for the new SuDS Construction guidance published by CIRIA in November 2017, and both lead and co-ordinated the recently-launched LLFA Review of SuDS – Achieving Sustainable Drainage.
Photo by Robert Taylor