Meet the Team
Find out more about the City in the Community team.
Mike Green, Head of CITC Delivery
Mike has worked for CITC for nine years starting as a volunteer Football Coach in 2004. He has since worked on a variety of programmes including Disability Football, Health initiatives and he established Enterprise as a core theme within CITC.
Mike became a member of the management team in 2009. He was further appointed as Head of CITC Delivery in January 2012 taking responsibility for the delivery of all community outreach programmes. In January 2013 Mike became Head of CITC taking on additional responsibilities related to fundraising and charitable activities.
Mike now leads a team of 23 full time members of staff and a further 26 casual staff working over four key themes. His main responsibilities are to increase the reach of CITC over the next five years and beyond while maintaining the quality of delivery associated with CITC for the past 27 years.
Alex Williams MBE, CITC Ambassador
Alex started with Manchester City Football Club in 1978 as an apprentice footballer; in 1981 he became a first team goalkeeper and made 140 first team appearances. He was also picked to play for England’s under 18’s and under 21’s.
After a successful career playing for Manchester City and England, Alex retired from football in 1985. He then joined City in the Community in 1990 as a junior member of staff. In 2002 Alex went on to manage the scheme for 10 years and was awarded an MBE by HRH Prince Charles for Services to the Community.
More recently Alex has taken on the role of CITC Ambassador becoming responsible for distributing various awards to local community groups, managing relationships with MCFC Official Supporters Clubs, working closely with former players and supporting relationships with CITC partners and sponsors.
Karen Parry, Financial Controller CITC Foundation
Karen has worked for the charity for nearly 5 years, which has grown considerably over this time.
As FC of the Foundation her role is to manage the day to day control of all the finances, liaising with our charitable partners, suppliers and grant providers. Karen also works closely with the management team in the preparation of budgets, providing financial analysis, cost control and cash-flow forecasting.
Michael Geary, Business Development Manager
Michael started volunteering as a CITC Community Coach in 2007; this led to taking on school and evening sessions as a casual member of staff. He is a UEFA B License coach and gained a lot of his coaching experience through coaching in America and Australia.
Since starting full time employment with CITC Michael has held the positions of Community Coach, Enterprise Co-ordinator, Enterprise Project Manager, and has recently been appointed Business Development Manager.
The role within the scheme is to develop strong and positive partnerships with external parties including local authorities, key project partners and the Premier League. Another aspect of his role is to support the project managers in developing new initiatives.
Sophie Payne, Office Administrator
Sophie has worked for City in the Community since 2006. She started as an Administrative Assistant and in January 2012 was appointed PA to the Head of CITC Delivery.
In January 2013 Sophie took on a new role within the department and was appointed Office Administrator. She now gives administrative support to the Head of CITC and the Business Development Manager along with giving finance support to the Financial Controller.
Gareth Hughes, Events Project Manager
Having moved to Manchester in 2007 from Yorkshire, Gareth has worked for City in the Community since 2008. As a UEFA B qualified coach, his passion is for football coaching and making a positive impact on people's lives.
Gareth has worked predominantly on Football and Health projects at the football club, and enjoyed some memorable international trips with the CITC team. Personal highlights have included representing CITC on the Premier Skills Programme in both India and Hong Kong.
Gareth is enjoying a new role, project managing the CITC annual events, including the Santa Stroll, Velocity, The Etihad Stadium Tournament and the Blues on the Green golf day. He has been involved in lots of charity work including climbing Kilimanjaro, the 3 Peaks, running the London Marathon and cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End. He's excited about the future at MCFC and continuing to make a difference to the lives of young people in Manchester and across the world.
Football and Multi Sport
Daniel Landstrom, Football and Multi-Sport Manager
After graduating with a degree in Science and Football at Liverpool John Mores University I joined City in the Community Foundation in 2008 as Disability Coordinator. During my time at City in the Community I have achieved my UEFA B coaching qualification and gained experience of coaching around the world working in Sudan, China and Abu Dhabi.
After six years working in disability sport Daniel has now taken on the role of Football and Multi Sport Manager overseeing Disability Sport, Futsal, School Sports, Girls and Women’s Football and Premier League4Sport. I am looking forward to the challenge of developing the football theme in the future and continuing to work with the local community.
Lee Mannion, Small Sided Games Coordinator
Lee joined the club in November 2010 as the Premier League 4 Sport Coordinator and has recently taken on the role as the Small Sided Games Coordinator.
His role will be to oversee all Futsal delivery and courses as well as any football activities such as Soccer Schools and Pay and Play.
Lee is a UEFA B qualified football coach and before joining MCFC worked in the United Arab Emirates. As well as working for CITC Lee also coaches at the Junior Academy.
Before joining City in the Community Lee played professionally for Crewe Alexandra and also represented England at youth level.
Paul Kelly, Disability Coordinator
Paul started with City in the Community as a casual member of the team working along side Daniel Landstrom on the schemes Disability programme. Paul is qualified in mainstream and disability football, he is also qualified in many other sports including rugby, handball and swimming in both areas. He runs the Manchester Marvels the biggest disability sports club in Manchester and he also runs a youth project in Wythenshawe which has up to 180 attendees each week which has won awards.
Paul is a Manchester Pride Award Winner for work in sport and a Manchester Ambassador for his work in community.
Hannah Steele, PL4S/Women's and Girls Football Co-ordinator
Since joining City in the Community in July 2008, Hannah has carried out a number of roles including being recently appointed the schemes PL4S/Women’s and Girls Football Co-ordinator.
Hannah will manage and co-ordinate all aspects of the Premier League 4 Sport Programme and the Women’s and Girl’s programme.
She is an FA Level 2 qualified coach and has coached in a number of countries such as America and Germany with the club.
Hannah also coaches at the FA Girl’s Player Development Centre which is aimed at developing individual players in the hope they can progress to centre of excellences and national teams.
Stephen Everall, School Sports Coordinator
Stephen is the Schools Sports Coordinator who provides Football and Multi-sports for all schools across Greater Manchester working to a high standard of delivery meeting schools' Ofsted requirements for Physical Education. He also focuses on the delivery of the CITC road show engaging over 100 Primary schools each year.
He started his coaching career shortly after footballing ambitions were to drop short, enjoying a furthered career in the semi-professional non-leagues. Prior to working at CITC, Stephen focused on obtaining a degree in sport and exercise science alongside the UEFA 'B' coaching certificate. His speciality is in Goalkeeping however now holds over 10 years coaching experience in football and multi-sports with a wide range of ages, abilities, genders and cultures.
Craig Bell, Community Cohesion Manager
Craig joined City in the Community as a part time member of staff in 2009. His job role at the time was to work mostly night time sessions around Greater Manchester, putting on sessions to give young people activities to take part in.
In January 2011 Craig was brought in full time to CITC as a Pastoral Coordinator based in a secondary school in Denton. His responsibilities were to mentor the year 11 year group through their G.C.S.E's and help them get as many qualifications as they can to help in future life and to hopefully go on to further education.
In May 2012 a promotion came along for Craig and as a result he became Community Cohesion Manager. The idea of community cohesion is to break down barriers between all areas of the community and make people proud to be Mancunian again by putting on projects such as KICKS and working closely with the Princes Trust.
Lee Kelly, City Pathway's CoordinatorLee started with City in the Community as a volunteer coach in September 2011 with a view to gain some experience and broaden his knowledge of football coaching.
He describes his journey that he has been as fantastic, the opportunity Lee was given enabled him to work on a wide spectrum of projects from disability to cohesion while also being involved in the soccer schools CITC deliver.
Lee would recommend the pathway he chose to anyone who is interested in trying to make a positive impact within the community or maybe just to improve their life skills. It is a course aimed at keeping young people who are pre NEETS, in school education and give them a pathway into college or employment.
Jack Lewis, Cohesion Coordinator
Last year Jack came to City in the Community as one of three apprentices. Due to Jacks hard work he has now become a full time coordinator.
Jack works on the City Pathways project which is a course aimed at keeping young people who are pre NEETS, in school education and give them a pathway into college or employment.
Sam Brown, City Street Coordinator
Sam joined the scheme in 2008 taking part in City in the Community’s Health project Success Through Sport, during his time on the programme Sam successfully gained his FA Level 1.
After completing the programme Sam volunteered and supported the CITC staff on several of the schemes projects and in July 2011 Sam gained employment with CITC as a casual coach.
Through his continued volunteering and support for the scheme Sam successfully gained full time employment in September 2012 as the Aspirations Coordinator.
He has recently joined the Community Cohesion team and has taken on the role of City Street Coordinator, which involves looking after the Kicks and City Street project.
Sam has now taken on a new and exciting challenge with the cohesion team, making a difference in the local area.
Skills and Enterprise
Deborah Glynn, Skills & Enterprise Manager
Deborah started working at the Football Club in 1999 whilst at University, studying Drama and Cultural Studies. After graduating and assisting in a variety of departments Deborah joined Manchester City on a full time basis in February 2003, as Academy Secretary during which time she saw a number of players progress through the ranks and make their first team debut.
In September 2008, Deborah transferred to City in the Community as Performing Arts Co-ordinator introducing a range of performing arts to the scheme before becoming Aspirations Co-ordinator during which time she worked with schools and pupil referral units in aspiring their students and helping them to develop their confidence, awareness, team building and social skills.
Conrad Prendergast, Enterprise City Coordinator
Conrad started working for the City in the Community in 2010 as CITC's first Apprentice. His apprenticeship programme was a yearlong and during that time Conrad's job was to get an insight into what CITC involves and what it offers to the local community over the four different themes.
Once he had completed the apprenticeship, Conrad was offered a full time position CITC as an Enterprise Coordinator working in the Skills & Enterprise theme. Conrad has now experienced a lot and gained a vast knowledge from not just the club but the people who make the club.
Paul McCoy, Enterprise Coordinator
Paul is a level 2 football coach and joined City in the Community in 2008 as a part time coach and in 2009 he became a full time member of staff and was appointed Community Coach.
In 2010 Paul took on the role of Manchester Coordinator, delivering Strike a Balance sessions, which is a healthy eating programme delivered to Manchester primary schools.
Paul then progressed into the Community Cohesion team in 2012 as the Denton Community College Coordinator delivering ASDAN to year 8, 9 and 10 pupils.
In September 2012 he became the Enterprise Coordinator; Paul delivers the Learning Through Football programme to year five and six pupils across Greater Manchester.
He is also responsible for all work experience requests from students who would like to experience and understand the day to day running of the Football Club, and ensure that their time at MCFC is enjoyable and something which they will learn from and never forget.
Paul also coordinates all volunteers for match days, CITC soccer schools and events held throughout the year.
Health and Activity
Lisa Kimpton, Health and Activity Manager
Lisa has worked for City in the Community since 2008. She studied BSC Sports and Exercise at Edge Hill University and has also attained qualifications in Fitness and Nutrition.
In addition to her academic achievements Lisa also has coaching awards in a number of sports which include football, athletics, netball and dance. She is currently studying a PGCE at Edge Hill University which she is due to complete in January 2014.
She has over eight years experience within community coaching, during this time she has worked with a broad and diverse range of people of all ages.
Mike Dixon, Health Coordinator
Mike has worked at CITC since September 2006, starting initially as a community coach and has since held 3 more positions within the scheme, Social Inclusion Coordinator, Healthy Schools Coordinator and a most recent position of Health Coordinator.
Mike's most memorable times are going to Malawi representing the club, club trips to Abu-Dhabi and Ireland with the FA Cup.
His most unusual experience but rewarding never the less, was delivering sessions in a secure young offenders institute for 12-16 year old males, the children who are in this institute were actual prisoners.
Joshua Black, Community Apprentice
Josh first came in contact with City in the Community in 2010 when two coaches came and visited his college and delivered a coaching education course to all pupils studying football excellence.
As a result of this and inspired by what he had seen Josh then started volunteering for CITC, after he finished college, twice a week at the Tennis Centre assisting with ‘Pay and Play’. After clocking over 150 volunteered hours for the foundation Josh then began part time work during the half term and summer soccer schools.
Josh has now moved onto his role as ‘Community Apprentice’ where he works across two of the four themes that the foundation deliver. The two themes Josh works on are ‘Health and Activity’ and ‘Football and Multi-Sport’. Josh has gained a number of qualifications during his apprenticeship and hopes to become a coordinator in the near future.
George Duxbury, Community Apprentice
George currently covers two of City in the Community’s themes, these being Health and Activity and Football and Multisport. George first came into contact with City in the Community in 2009 when CITC delivered coaching sessions at his school.
George then went on to take part in City in the Community’s half term soccer schools. The inspiration that George gained from the CITC coaches led to him gaining over 500 hours of voluntary work with the club before successfully starting his role of Community Apprentice in December 2012.
Sarah Wilkinson, Charity and Community Assistant
Sarah joined Manchester City in February 2011 on a temporary basis assisting in the match day and events department with football games and the summer concerts, and then moved to the finance department.
Sarah became a permanent fixture soon after and currently manages the charities department, responding to all charitable requests and granting wishes to supporters who are terminally ill. Her role has also involved administering project and marketing plans to ensure the smooth running of fundraising events.
Prior to working at City, Sarah graduated with a BA Hons Events Management degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, which lead her to work within the Guest Service and Events and Operations department at Walt Disney World Resorts Florida, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Sarah has always been passionate about customer service and raising money for charity through events and sponsored activities.