Who is involved?

Abdul Rahim,
Director and Senior Practitioner 

Abdul is a mediator and facilitator with over 15 years experience in facilitating complex multi-party, multi-issue dialogue processes within and between local authorities, the third sector and communities. He has worked across England and more recently in Scotland using civic mediation processes to build understanding and relationships across communities where racial and cultural tensions are evident. He has experience of international conflicts, working with survivors of the Tsunami Disaster in Sri Lanka, and with marginalised Roma communities in Slovenia. Abdul is a qualified trainer in civic mediation and peace-building methodologies.

Sam Tedcastle

Sam Tedcastle,
Director and Senior Practitioner 

Sam is a mediator and facilitator with 20 years experience of conflict resolution work. She has worked with Mediation Northern Ireland as their Field Manager in England to develop the practice of civic mediation. In 2006 Sam was a Commissioner on the Commission on Integration and Cohesion, which informed national UK Policy on cohesion and immigration matters. More recently Sam has returned to her roots to continue to develop civic mediation practice in Scotland. She worked with WWF Celtic Seas Partnership applying civic mediation and stakeholder engagement processes to build transnational, cross-sectoral partnerships in the Celtic Seas. As part of this role she applied civic mediation processes to build relationships with the fishing industry, governments and eNGOs.

Duncan Fraser , Junior Practitioner

Working with Centre for Good Relations since July 2020, Duncan been actively involved in delivering projects around marches, parades, and demonstrations in Glasgow; deer and land management issues in the Uplands of Scotland; and the Keeping Our Cool initiative at COP26. He is a trained mediator with Scottish Mediation and Centre for Good Relations, having completed CfGR’s accredited ‘Civic Mediation – Theory and Practice’  training course in March 2019. Duncan is a graduate of the University of St Andrews, graduating in June 2020 with an MA in International Relations,  inclusive of a semester abroad at Karls-Eberhard Universitat Tubingen. He has since returned to study at the University of St Andrews for his MLitt in Peacebuilding and Mediation, currently completing his dissertation exploring the benefits of civic mediation and its application to issues of sectarianism in Scotland. Duncan’s other experiences include intern work with UN House Scotland, and various roles within the golf industry.

mike waite

Mike Waite, Associate Practitioner

Mike Waite is an experienced mediator, trainer and researcher who lives in south west Scotland. He has been a youth and community worker in Lancashire and on Merseyside, and has worked for several charities based in north west England. He was employed in local government for over thirty years and was the senior manager responsible for community cohesion and equalities at Burnley Council after the 2001 ‘northern town’ disturbances, including the years when the BNP was represented on the council.

Esther Brooker

Esther Brooker, Associate Practitioner

Esther’s background is in marine conservation, with a MSc degree in Marine Environmental Protection and a 15-year career working within a government agency, a research institution and for the last 8 years within the Third Sector. With growing evidence of the scale of the climate change impacts and decline of nature, Esther’s work is increasingly focusing on the intersection of social science and conservation, and the complex relationships between people, society and the natural environment. Esther first became involved in civic mediation work in 2014, supporting a process to build good relations with sea fisheries stakeholders in Scotland. She became an accredited practitioner in 2017 with Centre for Good Relations and co-authored a key paper entitled ‘Civic mediation and social partnership’. Now an associate practitioner with Centre for Good Relations, Esther primarily works on mediation around environmental issues.

David Nasseri, Associate

David Nasseri, Associate Practitioner

I am from Fair Oaks, California. During my childhood, I spent a good amount of time in nature exploring the American River Watershed which ran adjacent to our family home. I graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics and worked as a Public Service Aide with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Seven years ago, I moved to Edinburgh, where I began working with CfGR while completing an MSc. During this time, I have contributed to a number of civic mediation and facilitation projects, including the following:  Single Use Plastics – Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland Consultation; Open Government Pioneers Project UN Sustainable Development Goals; Sectarian Conflict Resolution – Loyalist parades in Glasgow; and Keeping our cool – COP 26

Naomi Head, Associate Practitioner

I am a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Glasgow and my research and teaching focuses on narratives of conflict, the politics of empathy and emotions in war and conflict, and conflict transformation.  I have a longstanding interest in mediation, communication, and forms of non-violence.  My work has engaged with conflict in the Balkans, Israel-Palestine, the Iranian nuclear negotiations, and the coalition wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I regularly run training workshops for students on conflict and communication skills and I have provided expertise on empathy and conflict to a variety of peacebuilding non-governmental organisations.  I have undertaken mediation training with Responding to Conflict, the International Peace and Development Training Centre, the Scottish Community Mediation Centre, and Centre for Good Relations.