Staff team

To email individual staff members please click on their photo, or for general enquiries, email info@citywise.org

Luke Wilkinson

Chief Executive luke@citywise.org linkedin

Luke has been involved in youthwork in different guises for over 10 years, most recently as Youth Pastor at St. John's Hampton Wick, an Anglican church in SW London. His varied career has also seen him managing a community arts cafe, researching for a think tank, directing a theatre company and overseeing the modernisation of a Grade II listed building. He moved to Manchester with his family in 2015 having been told the weather was better up North...

Greta Cydzikaitė

Programme Manager: Glasgow greta@citywise.org linkedin

Greta is a recent graduate of Psychology and Music from the University of Glasgow. Mentoring and working with young people has always been one of her passions, and she has been doing it for over 5 years now. When Greta moved from Lithuania to study in Scotland, she thought she had been accepted to Hogwarts! The highlands and ceilidhs have spread their charms and she has no plans to leave.

Hana Bútorová

Content Development Manager hana@citywise.org linkedin

Hana is a psychology graduate from Glasgow University with a passion for education and child psychology. She is the Content Development Manager and has responsibility for research and development to continually improve the standard of our work with young people. Hana has been volunteering at camps, youth groups and schools for over eight years, both in Slovakia, where she is from, and in Scotland. She loves music and singing and is a strong believer in the International Chocolate Day.

Naomi Woodcock

Fundraising & Communications Manager naomi@citywise.org linkedin

As a recent Master’s graduate, Naomi has spent the last five years either studying or working internationally for charities which seek to reduce the marginalisation of children and young people. Most recently, she worked as a personal assistant and programme coordinator in India, and now as Citywise’s Fundraising and Communications Manager! Naomi has quickly fallen in love with Manchester's quirky charm and is a firm believer that a day without peppermint tea and peanut butter is a day wasted.

Lorna Colter

Safeguarding & Wellbeing Officer safeguarding@citywise.org

Lorna is a trained HCPC-registered Dramatherapist. She has previously worked for charities supporting children with autism and other learning difficulties, and most recently was Home-School Link worker for a primary school in London. She also works as a freelance trainer for national child-counselling charity Place2Be. Lorna is piloting a Citywise programme with Looked After Children in Salford. Lorna should be contacted regarding any safeguarding concerns, but these should also be reported through the project leader in any of our partner schools.

Dovile Blindaruk-Vile

Project Leader: Glasgow dovile@citywise.org

Dovile is one bubbly Psychology graduate currently pursuing another degree in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. She loves working with young people and has been volunteering with various children and youth organisations for as long as she can remember. Dovile strongly believes that everyone can have a happier, more flourishing life and there are many ways of achieving that. Her personal favourite is Friday night roller disco!

Kika Inácio

President of Student Society: Manchester kika@citywise.org linkedin

Kika is a 2nd year student at The University of Manchester studying Physics with Astrophysics. She is a firm believer in mentoring young people to develop character and virtue. She has done youth work in the past, and has been involved with Citywise for a number of years now. She leads the student society at the University of Manchester and makes sure the mentors have an enriching volunteer experience. Kika is originally from Lisbon, Portugal, and what she misses the most about home must be the sunny weather!

Marie-Alix Van Waetermeulen

President of Student Society: Glasgow gucitywise@gmail.com linkedin

Alix is a passionate Politics and Public Policy student, and she came to Scotland with a mission – working hard to improve people’s lives! She fell in love with Citywise, and thrives to offer volunteers the best experience possible. She’s been keen to merge her academic knowledge, team work and creative thinking to provide innovative events for the Citywise volunteers. She also enjoys things that can pack a punch, including boxing and ginger.

Audrey Schneider

Intern and Project Assistant: Manchester audrey@citywise.org

Audrey or as she’s known around the office as “Hi, I’m Audrey!” is in her first year at Manchester Metropolitan University, working her way through a degree in Education. With her American charm comes her loud and warm personality. All throughout her life, she has been surrounded by young people so volunteering at Citywise is right up her ally. If she’s not trying to convince you to adopt a dog, then she’s probably talking about the kids she babysits!

Anna Spiesova

Programme Delivery Intern: Glasgow

Anna is a senior Honours student in Sociology and Spanish at the University of Glasgow. Being educated in the strict school regime of the Czech Republic, she never really enjoyed her time at school, and so she decided to make it her mission to change this for future generations. Anna has worked with children for over six years now, and she is hoping to continue helping disadvantaged children flourish at school. If she’s not going on about that, she’ll be delivering a speech about the environment, the plastic in oceans and how we need to make a change, so get ready to be challenged with big ideas to change the world when you talk to her!