Governance and management

Introduction

World Urban Parks is constituted as a non-governmental, non-profit membership-based peak body. From commencement on 1 April 2015 initial directors were appointed from full members. Governance by full members is conducted at Annual General Meetings (AGM) and other General Meetings. Every three years, from 15 August 2016, or as there are vacancies, at an AGM full members elect Board directors representative of membership categories, regions, and skills (see Table 1.). The board appoints the Chair and Executive for annual terms, and may co-opt non-voting directors . The Chairperson chairs the Executive, Board, and General Meetings of members.

 

Table 1. Board Membership 

Board Category

Initial

From first Election

Member Type

Elected by:

Appointed by:

Can vote in Board meetings

Eligible for Executive

Eligible for Committee Chair

Associations

4-6

4-5

Organisation

Organisations

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Agencies

6-8

4-6

Organisation

Organisations

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Businesses/Philanthropic organisations

2-4

2-3

Organisation

Organisations

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Universities

1

1

Organisation

Organisations

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Community organisations

1

1

Organisation

Organisations

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Region Chair

3

3-4

Individual

Organisations & Individuals

 

Yes

Yes

No

Skills-based

1-3

1-3

Individual

 

Board

Yes

No

Yes

TOTALS

18-26

16-23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


AGMs approve the financial, directors and auditors reports, approve the auditor and the auditor's remuneration. A quorum at an AGM is eight full members including proxies, but these are normally held by internet voting to be accessible.

Regular governance on behalf of the Board including the development of the rolling 3-year business plan and budget and oversight of the CEO, is placed in the hands of the Executive Committee. The board meets about three times a year, and the Executive three times in between, or as necessary.


Figure 1 shows Ifpra’s governing and management  

  Figure 1 Governance and Management Structure

Membership

All full members: Elects Executive and Board every three years at an AGM

At AGM approves the financial, directors and auditors reports; the auditor and their remuneration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board

16-23 member, region, and skill-based representatives: Control and direction of the organisation and management of its property

 

 

   

 

 

 

Executive Committee

Currently the Chair, 3 Vice Chairs and 3 Region Chairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committees

1.   Knowledge & Standards

2.  Large Urban Parks

3.  Children, Play & Nature (new)

4.  Older Adults & Parks (new)

5.  Healthy Parks Healthy Cities (new)

6.  Green Infrastructure (new)

7.  Membership

8.  Alliances (new)

9.  Finance and Audit

10. Governance and Policy (new)

* World Parks Academy Board

 

 

 

CEO and Secretariat

 

·          Reports to and receives governance

direction from board

·          Provides management and administration

·          Delivers on Business Plan and provides support services to board, committees, regions and membership

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regions

1.    Asia-Pacific

2.    Europe

3.    Americas

4.  Africa-Middle East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Membership

Serve on committees and working groups and comprise region and world members

  

 

 

 

 

 

Management and administration is provided by a CEO at large and the Secretariat with the office in Edmonton, Canada.
As a non-profit organisation World Urban Parks is primarily funded from member subscriptions, congresses and other services.

World Urban Parks Executive Committee

Table 2 shows the members and contacts of the Executive Committee

  

Table 2 Executive

Title

Photo

First Director

Email

Organisation

Country

Region

 Chair

Gil Gil Penalosa This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Founder and Chair of the Board, 8-80 Cities

Canada 

Americas

Vice Chair Advocacy

Neil McCarthy

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CEO, North-East Catchment Management Authority

Australia

Asia-Pacific

Vice Chair Membership

Torgeir Sørensen

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Head of Parks and Streets Department, City of Stavanger

Norway Europe

Vice Chair

Alliances

Elisabeth Fournier

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Secretary General, Hortis

France Europe

Vice Chair Governance

Dr David Cochrane

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Consultant

Australia Asia-Pacific

Chair Europe Region

 

Dr Anna Steidle

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Consultant

Germany Europe

Chair Asia-Pacific Region

 

Chris Rutherford

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Director, Xyst Limited
New Zealand Asia-Pacific

Co-Chair Americas Region

 

Keith Anderson

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Director Washington DC Parks & Recreation  USA  Americas

 

 

World Urban Parks Directors

Table 3 shows directors elected on 15 August 2016 for three year terms, plus two co-opted directors

 

Board Category

#

 Photo

First Directors

Email

Organisation

Country 

Region

Associations

1

 

Catherine Nagel

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Executive Director, City Parks Alliance

 USA

Americas

 

2

  Elisabeth Fournier

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Secretary General and Board Member, Hortis France Europe

 

3

 

Ryu Ono

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Board Member, Ifpra Japan

 Japan

Asia-Pacific

 

4

 

John Senior

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Board Member, Parks and Leisure

 Australia

Asia-Pacific

 

5

Dr Noor Azlin Yahya

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Board Member, MyParks

 Malaysia

Asia-Pacific

Agencies

1

 

Anne Charlton

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Director Parks, City of Calgary

Canada

Americas

 

2

 

Neil McCarthy

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CEO, North-East Catchment Management Authority

 Australia

Asia-Pacific

 

3

 

Torgeir Sørensen

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Head of Parks and Streets Department, City of Stavanger

Norway Europe

 

4

Chris Hardman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Executive Director Melbourne

Parks Victoria

Australia Asia-Pacific

 

5

   Jon Pape

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Deputy Director City Operations, Copenhagen  Denmark  Europe

 

6

   Jayne Miller

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Superintendent, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board  USA  Americas

Business/NGO

Philanthropic

1

 

Gil Penalosa

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Founder and Chair of the Board, 8-80 Cities

Canada  Americas
 

2

 

 Dr David Cochrane

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 Principal, Heritage Landscapes LLC

USA

 Americas

 

3

 

 Mark Camley

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 London Legacy Development Corporation

 UK

 Europe

Universities

1

 

Prof. Willie Nel

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Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of South Africa

 South Africa

 

Community

1

  Ignacio Lira This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Executive Director, Mi Parque

 Chile

Americas

Region Chair

1

 

Dr. Anna Steidle

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Europe Region

 Germany

Europe

 

2

 

Chris Rutherford

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Asia-Pacific Region

 New Zealand

Asia-Pacific

 

3

 

Keith Anderson

(Co-Chair with Jorge Perez Jaramillo)

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Americas Region

 

USA

 Americas

Skills-based

1

 

Dr. Christy Boylan

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Landscape Consultant

 Ireland

Europe

 

2

 

Dr David Cochrane

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Economics Consultant

Australia

Asia-Pacific

 

3

 

Jenn Halliday

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Chair,  Generate Network

(young professional)

 New Zealand

Asia-Pacific /Global

Co-opted

1

Jim Griffin

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Director Parks & Recreation, City of Pittsburgh

USA

Americas

  2 Rob Small This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Manager New Zealand, Greenfleet New Zealand Asia-Pacific

 

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 As at 1 August 2017

 

Committee Chairs

Committee Chairs are shown in Table 4. Full Committee membership can be found under Programs.

 

Table 4 Committee Chairs

Committee or Board

Photo

Chair

Email

Organisation

Country

Region

Knowledge & Standards Committee

 

 

Dr Jon Pape

Chair

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Large Urban Parks Committee

 

 Dr Richard Murray

Co-Chair

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 President, Ekoparken Association

 Sweden  Europe

Large Urban Parks Committee

Margaret Gormley

Co-Chair

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Children, Play & Nature Committee

 

Amanda O'Rourke

Co-Chair

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Children, Play & Nature Committee

Helena Bjarnegård

Co-Chair

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Older Adults & Parks Committee

 

Tim Geyer

Co-Chair

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 Service Manager, Urban Landscapes, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

 Australia  Asia-Pacific

Older Adults & Parks Committee

Mary Worrall

Co-Chair

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Healthy Parks Healthy Cities Committee

 

Kristen Jackson

Chair

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Green Infrastructure Committee

 

Kevin Halpenny

Co-Chair

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Senior Parks Superintendent, Parks and Green Infrastructure Division, Fingal County Council

 Ireland  Europe

Green Infrastructure Committee

Peter Bridgewater

Co-Chair

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Adjunct Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology and Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

 

 Australia  Europe

Membership Committee

 

Lynn Wilson

Deputy Chair

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Alliances Committee

 

Elisabeth Fournier

Chair

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Secretary General, Hortis

 France  Europe

World Parks Academy Board

 

Dr Christy Boylan

Chair

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Landscape Consultant Ireland Europe

World Parks Academy Board

 

Torgeir Sørensen

Deputy Chair

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Head of Parks and Streets Department, City of Stavanger

 Norway  Europe

Finance & Audit Committee

 

Dr David Cochrane

Chair

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Economics Consultant

Australia Asia-Pacific

Governance & Policy

Committee

 

TBA

 

     

 

 

Regions

World Urban Parks will initially comprise three membership regions (Europe, Asia-Pacific and Americas) to enhance member activity such as seminars, technical tours, and face to face meetings and networking. The Chairs of the Regions are initially appointed First Directors, then subsequently are elected by full members of the region. The Board will approve Terms of Reference for a Regional Committee to represent members and coordinate activity. In the interim a Regional Secretary is appointed as a committee member in a part staff-support role.

 

National Commissioners

For the first 1-2 years of World Urban Parks National Commissioners will be appointed to act in an ambassadorial role facilitating membership transfer from antecedent organisations and new members in their country. Commissioners will be appointed from previous Ifpra Commissioners elected by the membership within their country. Commissioners are persons respected for their professional leadership and networks and who understand their country's business culture and language(s). The role is intended to assist where national associations are not yet members of World Urban Parks, or do not exist, or where national associations consider Country Commissioners will assist. See World Urban Parks National Commissioners

 

Honorary Members

A policy on honorary members is yet to be developed. However the recipients of the prestigious World Urban Parks Distinguished Individual Award receive honorary memberships. World Urban Parks has also inherited four honorary members from Ifpra who were recognised for outstanding service.

Honorary Members are:

Award 

 Country

 Name

Email Contact 

WUP Distinguished Individual Award  2016

Australia

Neil McCarthy

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 WUP Distinguished Individual Award 2015

Ireland 

 Dr Christy Boylan

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 Ifpra Honorary Member

South Africa

Gilbert Briscoe

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 Ifpra Honorary Member

United States

Roger Brown

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 Ifpra Honorary Member

Japan

Kanzo Hirano

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 Ifpra Honorary Member

United Kingdom

Alan Smith

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World Urban Parks First Directors

Table 5 shows the First Directors of the Board from 1 April 2015 to 15 August 2016. 

 

Table 3. First Directors

Board Category

#

 Photo

First Directors

Email

Organisation

Country 

Region

Associations

1

 

Catherine Nagel

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Executive Director, City Parks Alliance

 USA

Americas

 

2

 

Kevin O’Hara

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Vice President Urban and Government Affairs, National Recreation and Parks Association

 USA

Americas

 

3

 

Kenzo Oguchi

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Board Member, Ifpra Japan

 Japan

Asia-Pacific

 

4

 

John Senior

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Board Member, Parks and Leisure Australia

 Australia

Asia-Pacific

 

5

 

Daniel Boulens

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Board Member, HORTIS

 France

Europe

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agencies

1

 

Emanuel Trueb

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Head, Stadtgartnerei Basel

 Switzerland

Europe

 

2

 

Neil McCarthy

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CEO, North-East Catchment Management Authority

 Australia

Asia-Pacific

 

3

 

Dr. Noor Azlin Yahya

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Head, Ecotourism and Urban Forestry Program, Forest Research Institute of Malaysia

 Malaysia

Asia-Pacific

 

4

 

 Marina Lyulchuk

 

Director, Mosgorpark, Moscow

 Russia

 Europe

 

5

   Jon Pape

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Deputy Director City Operations, Copenhagen  Denmark  Europe

 

6

   Jayne Miller

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Superintendent, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board  USA  Americas

 

7

   Tanya Muller

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Minister of Environment, City of Mexico  Mexico  Americas

 

8

  Laure Guillemette

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Responsable Territoire Nord, 

Service des Espaces Verts et de l'Environnement, Ville de Nantes

 France  Europe

Business/NGO

Philanthropic

1

 

Gil Penalosa

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Founder and Chair of the Board, 8-80 Cities

Canada  Americas
 

2

 

Ian Walker

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Director Conservation, Conservation Volunteers

 Australia

Asia-Pacific

 

3

 

 Dr David Cochrane

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 Consultant

 Australia

 Asia-Pacific

 

4

 

 Mark Camley

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 London Legacy Development Corporation

 UK

 Europe

Universities

1

 

Prof. Willie Nel

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Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of South Africa

 South Africa

 

Region Chair

1

 

Dr. Anna Steidle

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Europe Region

 Germany

Europe

 

2

 

Chris Rutherford

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Asia-Pacific Region

 New Zealand

Asia-Pacific

 

3

 Martha Fajardo

Martha Fajardo

(Co-Chair with Catherine Nagel)

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Americas Region

 

Columbia

 Americas

Skills-based

1

 

Dr. Christy Boylan

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Landscape Consultant

 Ireland

Europe

 

2

 

Prof. Yoritaka Tashiro

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Professor Emeritus, Chiba University

 Japan

Asia-Pacific

 

3

 

Jenn Halliday

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Chair,  Generate

(young professional)

 New Zealand

Asia-Pacific /Global

 

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