Staff

Linda Philips MBE

Director The Roots and Shoots Director founded the charity in 1982 after qualifying in Horticulture at RBG Kew. Linda was awarded an MBE for services to young people in the 2012 New Year Honours.

Issy Okonta

Issy is responsible for the running of the office, marketing and bookings. She also coordinates the catering team and The Magpie Kitchen.

Andrew Scott-Bolton

Andrew is the first person you see when you come into Roots and Shoots. He works front-of-house, provides administration support to the office & education department, liaises with students, parents

David Sawyer MBE

David has been a valued member of Roots and Shoots for over 20 years. He is responsible for our finance accounts. In Feb 2018, David will be awarded an MBE in recognition of his continued volunteering

Dr. David Perkins

Environmental Education and Wildlife Gardens Manager since 1999. Maintaining and developing the wildlife garden and other areas for the benefit of urban biodiversity and the human diversity.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah is Learning Support Assistant (LSA) for Horticulture and Floristry as well as Garden/Nursery Assistant

Matt Brownlee

Operations Manager at Roots & Shoots. Matt’s role is to oversee the running of the Study Programme and Schools Links Project

Angela Barredo

Education Manager Angela oversees the whole education programme from assessment to achievement, working alongside the Operations Manager to help each young person reach their full potential.

Amanda Rew

Amanda is our horticulture trainer and runs the Grow, Cook and Eat course at Rosendale Road Allotments in Herne Hill.

Nancy Gilini

Nancy is a Speech and Language therapist who has always had a passion for working with and supporting young people and adults.

Tarik Ali

Job Coach at Roots and Shoots. Tarik’s role is to support trainees and Interns with paid and unpaid work experience as well as building up a database of employers.

Lila Veltze

Lila is the Employability Skills Teacher and also works as a Job Coach at Roots and Shoots. She helps our students prepare for the world of work. Lila is a qualified Career Counsellor.

Joe Brown

School Links Tutor. Joe works with the School Links groups from local secondary schools on improving their employability skills and projects in the gardens and greenhouse. Joe also works as LSA.

Jane Higginbottom

School Links tutor. Jane is an MA artist and trained teacher who has worked on community horticulture projects with adults and young people for many year.

Phillip Costen

Phillip is our onsite chef who caters for our many clients who book our venue. With over 30 years of experience, he has provided many with delicious dishes. Phillip also organises The Magpie Kitchen
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