Eleanor grew up in Zimbabwe and moved to the UK when she was 15.
She studied architecture at UCA (Canterbury) before getting her MA in Landscape Architecture from Greenwich University. She obtained her chartership in landscape architecture and worked at Lloyd Bore and Barton Willmore where she developed her specialism in strategic landscape planning.
In 2017 she set up her own practice (ETLA), which has grown to a team of six. She is heavily involved with the Landscape Institute, including formerly acting as chair and Honorary Editor of the Landscape journal, and contributing to policy development. She is an active mentor, supporting those in the landscape profession. She teaches landscape workshops to architecture students at UCA and has experience as an expert witness at appeals and represents clients at local plan examinations.