My name is Martin Stott.  As a sustainable development practitioner I have focused on the local. Much of my  career was  in local government, but in different ways my whole working life has been devoted to sustainable solutions.

This website is a natural development of the approach I have always taken, exploring local solutions to global issues, working  with colleagues in UK local government, but ranging much more widely, collaborating with friends and colleagues in business, academia, education and the charity/voluntary sector in the UK, Europe, USA and across the world.

To promote this I launched this website in 2009. I post articles of interest regularly and  I started blogging from this site in September 2012. Take a look at the blog – I hope to post every few weeks. I also ‘tweet’ regularly and you can follow me @MartinStott65.

Since leaving local government at the end of 2011 I have  branched out into work with the charity/voluntary sector and expanded my horizons to include campaigning using photography  – see my pictures for the Bhopal Medical Appeal – and film, acting as Executive Producer for the film Plant this Movie (you can see a trailer here) narrated by Daryl Hannah  which was launched at the Portland Film Festival in August 2014.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was elected to the Policy Council of the Town & Country Planning Association in May 2017. I have been a regular contributor to  their journal Town & Country Planning for over 40 years.

As  recently retired (May 2018) Chair of the William Morris Society and of the environmental/biodiversity charity Garden Organic, I am an active member of the Association of Chairs – the  organisation for Chairs of UK voluntary organisations, have contributed to their publications on the challenges facing Chairs, and am currently a member of the steering group of their Beacon project, which is  a programme to support the chairs of smaller (under £1m pa turnover) charities.

Take a  look at some of the things I am up to and if you think we might be able to help each other in some way get in touch.