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Our Staff

You can contact the Whitworth via our main telephone number, on 0161 275 7450, or you can contact individual staff members below.

If you have general enquiries about a visit to the gallery, please email the Visitor Team, and if you’d like to keep in touch, please join our mailing list.


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Directorate

Interim Director  Nick Merriman

Nick Merriman has been appointed as Interim Director of The Whitworth. Nick is currently the Director of Manchester Museum and will retain this role, heading up the Joint Leadership Team of The Whitworth and Manchester Museum, so line management arrangements in both areas will be unaffected. Nick's role as Interim Director started 1 June 2017, when Maria Balshaw, former Director of the Whitworth, began her new role as Director of Tate. Nick will act as Interim Director until a successor has been appointed.

Senior Executive Assistant to the Director  Helen Fairs   07825 316609

Head of Development    Jo Beggs    07917 553040

Policy & Strategy Liaison Officer   Marie-Claire Daly   07833 407 822

Data Manager   Helen Mark    07831112808

Head of Special Projects: The Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership (Change Makers)  Fareda Khan

Visitor Teams and Marketing & Communications

Head of Visitor Team (Paternity Cover)   Joan Humphreys   07824622923

Visitor Team Manager   Ashleigh Owen   07867 501273

Visitor Team Co-ordinator   Christopher Coltrane  07798 924196

Visitor Team Co-ordinator   Tahmina Rahman  07798 924196

Press:   SUTTON: please contact Rebecca Storey or Charlotte Sluter

Marketing Officer   Joanne Hitchen   0161 275 7472

Digital Communications Officer   Steve Devine  07786 027328

Design Manager, The Manchester Partnership   Ian Smith

Learning and Engagement

Head of Learning and Engagement  Esme Ward

Learning Manager   Andrew Vaughan   0161 275 7453

Early Years Co-ordinator  Lucy Turner  0161 275 7453

Primary Co-ordinator   Steven Roper   0161 275 7453

Secondary and FE Co-ordinator  Denise Bowler  0161 275 7453

Youth Engagement Co-ordinator  Sally Thelwell   0161 275 7453 / 07919 560477

Engagement Manager  Ed Watts   0161 275 8459

Volunteer Manager   Fiona Cariss   0161 275 8459

Cultural Park Keeper  Francine Hayfron   07795 128868

Student Engagement Co-ordinator  Naomi Kashiwagi

Arts and Health Co-ordinator   Wendy Gallagher   0161 275 8454

Family Programme Coordinator  Novae Lee   0161 275 8459

Age-Friendly Culture Coordinator  Claire Cowell    07776 170688

Not So Grim Up North – Project Researcher  Nuala Morse

Collections and Exhibitions

Senior Curator (Modern and Contemporary Art)   Mary Griffiths   0161 275 8450

Senior Curator (Programmes)   Samantha Lackey   0161 275 8450

Curator (Exhibitions)   Poppy Bowers   0161 275 8450

Assistant Curator (Fine Art)   Leanne Green   0161 275 8450

Curator (Wallpapers and Textiles)  Amy George  (Currently on maternity leave)

Curatorial Assistant (Textiles) part-time and Curator (Maternity cover: Textiles and Wallpaper)   Uthra Rajgopal   0161 275 7479

Assistant Curator (Maternity cover: Textiles & Wallpapers)   Zoe Lanceley   0161 275 7479

Curator (Historic Fine Art) (Temporary)  Rhian Addison   0161 275 8450

Curator of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Collection  Holly Grange   0161 275 7479

Early Career Curator, Islamic and South Asian Art and Material Culture   Jenny Norton-Wright   0161 275 8766

Collection Information Manager  John Peel   0161 235 8892

Development

Head of Development    Jo Beggs    07917 553040

Grant Writer  Olga Gribben   0161 275 8458

Finance & Commercial Team

Retail Manager   Neil Greenhalgh   0161 275 7498

Buyer and product developer   Emma Matthews   07342 076293

Merchandiser   James Cragg

Head of Finance & Commercial Services   David Bryan   0161 275 2651

Finance Officer   David Allred   0161 275 7456

Events Coordinator   Leanne Lightfoot   0161 275 7463

Collections Care and Access

Head of Collections Care and Access   Nicola Walker   0161 275 7400 

Collections Care Manager and Conservator (Textiles)   Ann French   0161 275 7485

Conservator (Works on Paper)   Daniel Hogger   0161 275 7485

Conservator (Preventive) and (Sculpture: Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection)   Sarah Potter   0161 275 7485

Conservator (Works on Paper: Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection)   Pavlos Kapetanakis   0161 275 7485

Gallery and Museum Registrar   Gillian Smithson    0161 275 8457 or 07920 806147

Collections Access Officer and Collections Image Reproductions and Photography   Jamilla Hawa   (Currently on maternity leave)

Collections Access Officer (Maternity cover)   Gareth Frier   0161 275 8764 

Senior Gallery Technician: Exhibitions and Collections Care    Paul Adrian Smith   0161 275 7485

Senior Gallery Technician: Exhibitions and Collections Care   Mark Buchanan    0161 275 7485

Gallery Technician: Conservation and Collections Care   Emma Brown   0161 275 7485

Buildings and Operations Team 

Buildings and Operations Manager   Dean Whiteside   0161 275 7460

Deputy Buildings and Operations Manager   George Downie   07827 882333

Events Services Supervisor   Peter Sweetman   07766 070078

Buildings and Operations Supervisor   Anthony Blackburn   07917 552993

Landscape and Sustainability Technician  Patrick Osborn   07795 151262

Van Driver/Art Handler Ray Warburton  07867 506944

Multimedia Technician/IT support   Jim Woodward   07500 605339

The Modern Caterer (gallery cafe)

Contact Peter Booth & The Modern Caterer, via Simon Hopkinson, General Manager at:  The Modern Caterer   0161 275 7511