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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 Galleries 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  Helen Fairs   07825 316609

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 / Access Lead    Chad McGitchie   07500973269

Visitor Team Manager   Ashleigh Owen   07867 501273

Visitor Team Coordinator   Victoria Leyshon   07798 924196

Visitor Team Coordinator   Tahmina Rahman   07798 924196

Marketing Officer   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  Bethany Hermitt

Learning and Engagement

Head of Learning and Engagement   Esme Ward   0161 275 7481

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

Engagement Manager   Ed Watts   0161 275 8459

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

Family Programme Coordinator   Michael Riley   0161 275 8459

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) 0161 275 8450   Mary Griffiths

Senior Curator (Historic Fine Art)  0161 275 7479   Gillian Forrester

Assistant Curator (Fine Art)  0161 275 8450 Leanne Green

Curator (Exhibitions)  0161 275 7479  Poppy Bowers

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

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

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

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

Collection Information Manager  John Peel part-time  0161 235 8892


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 2652 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 7497