The Team

The Community Chartering Network Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation and company limited by guarantee (reg. no. SC559573), committed to empowering communities through participatory and democratic decision-making, on issues of local and national concern. We have expertise in town and country planning, group facilitation and consensus building, as well as alliances with on-the-ground community stakeholder groups.

Isabel Carlisle

Isabel is Education Coordinator at Transition Network, the charity that supports the international community movement for social innovation for a low carbon future. Her career started in the art world and took her from academic publishing to art critic for The Times and exhibitions curator at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In 2002 she set up and directed the Festival of Muslim Cultures that took place across Britain throughout 2006; and in 2007 was invited to be a Creative Consultant for the University of the Arts, London.

Isabel has extensive experience as a community facilitator, communicator, and large scale project manager. Her education work focuses on connecting people to place and encouraging systemic thinking. She is currently leading a scoping study for AONB South Devon to explore a whole catchment approach to managing the Dart watershed.

Mothiur Rahman

Mothiur trained at CMS Cameron McKenna, a top 20 City law firm, and worked at Bircham Dyson Bell for 7 years as Senior Associate in its Governance and Infrastructure department. He has extensive experience of advising on a range of environmental and planning and public law related matters, with a focus on public authorities and the authorisation of major infrastructure projects. His inner drive is to help create more vibrant ways of living that bring out the full potential of human creativity and care, to help shape meaningful lives.  He co-founded the Community Chartering Network to promote a community-led and participatory approach to planning and democractic decision-making.  He recently completed a Masters in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College in Dartington, Devon where he now lives and works (as a freelance legal practitioner supporting clients who are similarly driven to create an ecologically regenerative and more beautiful world).  His CV can be found here

Jamie McKenzie Hamilton

Jamie is currently working as a Marketing Manager, while also conducting a FCS and Heriot-Watt sponsored PhD thesis on relationships between outdoor learning and child development. Prior to this he was co-founder and Managing Director of OQ Solutions (trading names: Nqual / Netfluential) which pioneered international online engagement software development and methodology for the public and private sectors.  He has an honours degree in Psychology and a Masters in Systems-Based Environmental Decision-Making.

Jamie’s expertise is in group facilitation, systems approaches, and research and analysis. At OQ, he acted as a strategic business and stakeholder engagement consultant for companies including the NHS, the Care Quality Commission, Microsoft, Google, HTC, Nokia, Samsung, Tesco, VISA, RBS, and ITV.

Roland Playle

Roland has over 10 years’ community facilitation experience working in development projects nationally and internationally, often in conflict regions. He is currently working for the North Glasgow Community Food Initiative coordinating a community-led land regeneration project in a locality with low social, economic and health indicators. He also runs courses throughout the UK, including acting as a visiting lecturer for Schumacher College, with a focus on Goethean Science.

Roland is a specialist facilitator for 3rd Sector, public and private organisations, in the field of human ecology: a discipline linking social and ecological spheres to address issues related to quality of life.  Much of his work has focussed on helping communities and NGOs implement inclusive and participative working practises, in the UK and also with rural and urban communities from Kyrgyzstan, India, DRCongo and New Zealand. His writings have been published in several publications and newspapers including the Journal for Participatory Science and the Kashmir Times.