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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.

If you'd like to join the names on this list please take a look at the vacancies we're currently advertising


Director  Alistair Hudson

Alistair Hudson was appointed Director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery in February 2018.

Prior to his move to Manchester Alistair was Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art where his vision was based on the concept of the Useful Museum. In the preceding ten years he was Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts which gained critical acclaim for its radical approaches to working with artists and communities, based on the idea that art should be useful and not just an object of contemplation.

Alistair is co-director of the Asociación de Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera – an expansive international project and online archive that forms part of the Uses of Art programmes with the L’internationale confederation.

Senior Executive Assistant to the Director   Jacob Cordingley   07787 274307

Data Manager   Helen Mark    07831112808


Visitor Teams and Marketing & Communications

Head of Visitor Team / Access Lead   Chad McGitchie   07500973269

Visitor Team Manager   Ashleigh Owen   07867 501273

Visitor Team Coordinator   Tahmina Rahman   07798 924196

Visitor Team Coordinator   Camilla Frankl-Slater     07798 924196

Press and Media: Please see our   Press and Media   page for further information, press releases and press images

Cultural Communications Coordinator   Joanne Hitchen   0161 275 7472

Digital Communications Officer   Steve Devine   07786 027328

Design Manager, The Manchester Partnership   Ian Smith

Design Assistant part-time, The Manchester Partnership   Leo Hermitt


Learning and Engagement

Head of Learning and Engagement   Ed Watts   0161 275 8459

Learning Manager   Andrew Vaughan   0161 275 7453

Early Years Coordinator   Lucy Turner   0161 275 7453

Primary Coordinator   Steven Roper   0161 275 7453

Secondary and FE Coordinator   Denise Bowler   0161 275 7453

Youth Engagement Coordinator   Sally Thelwell   0161 275 7453 / 07919 560477

Volunteer Manager   Fiona Cariss   0161 275 8459

Cultural Park Keeper   Francine Hayfron   07795 128868

Student Engagement Coordinator   Naomi Kashiwagi

Arts and Health Coordinator   Wendy Gallagher   0161 275 8454

Age-Friendly Culture Coordinator   Claire Cowell    07776 170688


Collections and Exhibitions

For enquiries about our collections or potential donations please contact the relevant curator.

For enquiries about curator-led tours or group study visits please contact   Uthra Rajgopal by email

Acting Head of Collections and Exhibitions and Senior Curator (Programmes)   Samantha Lackey

Senior Curator (Modern and Contemporary Art) part-time (Monday – Wednesday)   Mary Griffiths   0161 275 8450

Assistant Curator (Fine Art)  Leanne Green   0161 275 8450 

Curator (Exhibitions)  Poppy Bowers   0161 275 7479

Curator (Historic Fine Art)  Imogen Holmes-Roe   0161 275 8450

Curatorial Assistant   Nikita Gill   0161 275 8450

Curator of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Collection, part-time (Monday – Wednesday)  Holly Grange   0161 275 8450

Senior Curator (Textiles and Wallpaper) (Monday – Thursday)  Dominique Heyse-Moore   0161 275 8450 

Curator (Textiles and Wallpaper) (Monday – Thursday)  Amy George   0161 275 8450

Assistant Curator (Textiles and Wallpaper)  Uthra Rajgopal   0161 275 8450

Collection Information Manager (part-time)   John Peel   0161 235 8892



Head of Development   Jo Beggs   07917 553040

Grant Writer  Olga Gribben   0161 275 8458


Finance & Commercial Team

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

Collections Care Manager and Conservator (Textiles)   Ann French   0161 275 7807

Conservator (Preventive and Sculpture)   Sarah Potter   0161 275 7807

Conservator (Paintings)   Michael Bowes   0161 275 7807

Gallery and Museum Registrar   Gillian Smithson   0161 275 2652 or 07920 806147

Collections Image Reproductions and Copyright, part-time (Friday)   John Kirkpatrick   0161 275 8450 (Maternity Cover)

Senior Gallery Technician: Exhibitions and Collections Care    Paul Adrian Smith   0161 275 7807

Senior Gallery Technician: Exhibitions and Collections Care   Mark Buchanan    0161 275 7807

Gallery Technician: Conservation and Collections Care   Emma Brown   0161 275 7807


Buildings and Operations Team 

Buildings and Operations Manager  Clive Snell   0161 275 7460

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

AV/IT Technician  Tristan Clutterbuck   07500 605339


The Modern Caterer (gallery cafe)

Contact Peter Booth & The Modern Caterer, via the General Manager at:  The Modern Caterer   0161 275 7497


The Shop

For telephone orders 0161 275 7498 or 07796996392