Meet the team

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Luke Wilkinson

Chief Executive linkedin

Luke brings over 10 years of experience in youth work and management to his role at Citywise, as well as his passion to see people grow. Luke reports to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for leading and supporting the wonderful team of staff and volunteers.

Hana Bútorová

School Partnerships Manager linkedin

Hana manages our school partnerships across Manchester and Glasgow. With a Psychology degree and a passion for education, child psychology and research, Hana continually ensures our work is making the most effective impact on young people and families.

Naomi Woodcock

Fundraising & Communications Manager linkedin

Naomi oversees our communication with the world, with those who currently support Citywise, and those who would like to, but don’t know it yet! She also runs one of our clubs in the Citywise centre and loves supporting fundraisers in their crazy and creative challenges.

Dovile Blindaruk-Vile

Senior Project Leader: Glasgow

With a passion for psychology, and coaching in particular, Dovile is the Senior Project Leader for our Glasgow programmes. Originally from Lithuania, Dovile takes enormous joy working with mentors and helping young people discover their passion and purpose in life.

Andy Taylor

Project Leader: Manchester linkedin

Andy has years of experience working with young people, helping them grow and develop in character. Alongside finishing his PhD and running a student residence, Andy leads two of our programmes and is pioneering our work with local children through the Citywise Centre.

James Preston

Family Services Manager and Safeguarding Lead linkedin

James has been working with children and young people for 8 years, and is passionate about families thriving! As a Dad of two he knows the challenges and rewards of parenting and is pioneering new ways of supporting parents using our unique character approach.

Richard Grey


As a chartered accountant Richard supports Citywise's Senior Leadership and Trustees with all things financial. Richard brings a wealth of experience to the team having worked in the oil industry and as an academic at Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt universities.

Fr Joe Evans

Chaplain to Citywise

As one of the founders of our charity in 1994, Fr Joe is delighted to return recently as the Chaplain to Citywise. With many years of chaplaincy experience in London, Fr Joe’s role is to offer a space for our students, young people and families to ask life’s big (and little) questions.

Marcelle Samuels

Staff and Volunteer Support linkedin

With a wealth of experience in Human Resources, Marcelle’s passion and training lies in mediation and conflict coaching. Marcelle offers the Citywise team and volunteers a space to talk over a cup of tea about issues she can bring her expertise to.