Our team

Gregory Cohn
Chief Executive

Gregory is the founder and Chief Executive of Seeds for Growth. His career began and in the mid to late 70’s was a team member creating the Law Centre movement in the UK.  For over 30 years Gregory has led agencies promoting the launch of worker co- operatives in several of the most disadvantaged areas of London. In the mid 90’s Gregory established the concept of Social Enterprise when he launched Social Enterprise London and later was a member of the team establishing Social Enterprise UK. Gregory is now leading the Seeds for Growth programme, Greening Communities, to convert waste / under used land on social housing estates into community gardens.

Rita Attille
Seeds for Growth Community Garden Organiser

Rita has 20 years of expertise as a professional freelance gardener and trainer. She has designed and delivered organic food growing training for children and adults across London in schools, community gardens, city farms and supported the development of new community growing spaces.  Rita holds an Education Bachelor’s degree and is a qualified Forest School Leader.  At the Hampton Court Flower Show Rita was awarded a Gold and a Five Flower Award for her Community Allotment Gardens.

Alina Cartas
Communications Organiser

Alina is a versatile, strategic, agile, and motivated marketer skilled in adapting to different industries, people, and projects.  Alina graduated from The Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds all-rounded business-to-business and business-to-customer marketing experience in a range of industries.  Alina is passionate about giving back to society and the environment through the Seeds for Growth Greening Communities programme.

Nikolaos Kotinas
Trustee Director

Nikos works in UBS AG as a Project Manager / Business Analyst – Risk Reporting. Nikos is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a Cambridge University MBA. Nikos volunteers as a trustee and he is keen to support an organisation not with the sole aim of profit but also for the general good of society. Nikos, in supporting the charity, draws on her expertise in project management, change management, business analysis, business strategy, financial analysis, IT change and projects, people management, and his experience of establishing business structures and processes.

Hannah Smith
Trustee Director

I became a Seeds for Growth Trustee as an opportunity to use my professional experience to improve a charity that I believe in. I am an enthusiastic and ambitious individual who enjoys being able to assist people and businesses at all stages to improve and fulfil their goals. Presently I’m working as a management consultant in KPMG, leading UK provider of tax, audit and advisory services. I have understood what it takes to succeed in a competitive commercial environment whilst coaching and mentoring professionals/young adults in my spare time.

Izzy Matthewson
Trustee Director

Izzy was awarded a Master in Business Law distinction and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice course.  I was invited onto the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) graduate scheme where I have gained expertise in Wholesale Supervision focussing on asset management and Primary Market supervision.

Matt Buchanan
Trustee Director

Matt is an experienced and driven compliance business leader who is passionate about delivering value for industry-leading organisations. He possesses extensive business advisory and strategy experience in the regulatory compliance industry gained from 20 years operating in the public and private sectors across Europe, Asia, and Australia.