Our People

Here are some of the people behind CommEnt:

Justin Larner

Originally trained in Computing and Physics, then working in computer-based administration, Justin has subsequently gained over fifteen years experience working in community-based organisations in the fields of publishing, community architecture, conservation and mental health. A member of the Chartered Management Institute since 2006, his experience includes ten years as Development Manager of a charitable organisation, turning it around from next to nothing to a turnover of £150K per annum over several years. Managing this involved securing funding, dealing with personnel issues, forming partnerships and raising the organisation's profile. This work led to a long-term consultancy project supporting the trustees of a mental health charity to deal with major organisational issues and make a successful re-launch. His growing interest in social enterprise governance has to Justin developing research skills while undertaking an MA in Social Enterprise Management and subsequent research for Manchester University. This knowledge and experience has enabled Justin to take a lead in the development of CommEnt as a Community Interest Company with a sustainable loosely co-operative structure. Contact Justin by e-mail.

Angus Soutar

Angus has over twenty-five years experience of community-based regeneration and land-use design. He has assisted many small organisations to develop their activities including recycling companies, local food producers, restaurants and retail outlets. His activities include strategy formulation, research, project design and business planning, training and facilitation. Angus helped form CommEnt in 1998, working with the local community partnership to meet the needs in the Breightmet area of Bolton. He serves on the Board as Director of Development. Read more. Contact Angus through the Northern School of Permaculture.

Charlotte Dean

Charlotte trained in social and visual anthropology at the University of Manchester then worked as a researcher in the university's Education in Urban Contexts group, on projects funded by the DfES, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, NCSL etc, for five years. Research included using creative and collaborative methods to explore and promote inclusive practices, networked learning, children's wellbeing and participation, and local involvement in informal and formal education. A consultant to local authorities, universities, businesses and the third sector since 2006, Charlotte specialises in programme evaluation, developing support packages for schools, sharing good practice, and ethnographic filmmaking. Clients have included Greater Manchester Challenge, MMU, AfSL, Save the Children and the BBC. Training in Permaculture Design with Angus Soutar in 2009 has led to an ongoing apprenticeship with Angus and project design and management including working with young people, volunteers, local enterprise, charities and community networks to create spaces and events for growing, learning and ecological health.

Mark Turner

Mark Turner is a Community Development practitioner, qualified teacher, youth worker and sports coach. He has many years experience in the statutory and voluntary sectors delivering successful projects in the health, education, social and economic spheres; always advocating for and involving communities in the design and subsequent management of projects. Whilst managing a large youth project in Canterbury, Mark developed several innovative schemes with young people in the area, including for care leavers, those at risk of custodial sentences and those excluded from school. Mark has also worked for the Amicus Group in providing resources for tenants and residents in his role as Community Development officer. He established a European funded learning project on the Isle of Sheppey and represented the organisation on an SRB Partnership Board, acting as named accountable manager for a scheme to enable local residents, tenant's groups and organisations to develop a new build community centre. In drawing the community together, Mark also facilitated training to ensure the community acquired skills to successfully take on the running of this resource. He has also worked as an SRB programme officer in Lancashire, advising and assisting groups engaged with social, economic and environmental projects, enabling them to bring forward bids for consideration of funding. Mark has experience of bid writing and on-going report and financial accounting procedures, including managing a £156K NLCB project for youth homelessness work. He has served as a Director of Bolton's Credit Union, held the position of school governor and is currently engaged in a project with Age UK, delivering yoga to the over-50s, encouraging participation in exercise, leading to increased health and well-being through the Get Active programme.

Krysia Soutar

Krysia is a health professional with considerable experience of supporting community projects. Currently a specialist community nurse, in the past she has been involved in nurse education and has run her own complementary therapy business. Prior to her career in nursing, her early working years were spent with the Co-Op Bank. Her community experience includes work as a project administrator at the LETSgo Manchester project (budget £100,000 over one year) and she is a former director of Breightmet Credit Union.  She is a long-term supporter of CommEnt.

Roger Bertrand

Roger has seven years experience as a project worker in community development work in Bolton. He was the project manager of our Young Savers project, which included managing volunteers at the collection points in schools and also reporting to the funders on the financial progress of the project. He also worked for East Bolton Regeneration as a Community Participation worker. Roger has previously worked in market research, after beginning his working life in banking. He is trained in project evaluation and community-based evaluation techniques. He also has the City and Guilds teaching certificate and has done teaching work with adults in prisons. He works with young people as a table tennis coach at the Bolton Lads and Girls club.

Zoe Rozar


Zoe works in the field of eco-engineering as a permaculture designer. She has experience of initiating and developing innovative projects that contribute to a sustainable future and a healthy biosphere. She has a particular interest in public health. Working internationally, Zoe divides her time between Manchester and Mauritius. A founder-member of the Permaculture Institute of North Britain, she is currently working on sustainability and health projects in Mauritius.