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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

COVID-19 Update: Caring for the health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is our priority. For up-to-date opening times and further information please see our Your Visit section of this website.


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   Helen Fairs   07825 316609


Data Manager   Helen Mark   07831 112808

Visitor Team

Head of Visitor Team / Access Lead   Chad McGitchie-Simpson   07500 973269

Visitor Team Manager   Ashleigh Owen   07867 501273

Visitor and Volunteer Coordinator   Tahmina Rahman   07798 924196

Visitor Team Coordinator   Rose Holden   07425 619728

Marketing & Communications

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

Cultural Communications Coordinator   Joanne Hitchen

Digital Communications Officer   Steve Devine   07786 027328


Development & Stakeholder Manager   Olga Gribben   0161 275 8458

Finance & Commercial Team

The Whitworth Shop is currently closed, our new online shop will launch in Winter 2021.

Head of Cultural Enterprise & Income Generation   David Bryan 

Finance Officer   David Allred   0161 275 7456

Civic Engagement and Education

Head of Civic Engagement and Education   Ed Watts

Cultural Park Keeper   Francine Hayfron   07795 128868

Learning Manager   Andrew Vaughan

Early Years Producer   Lucy Turner 

Primary Producer   Steven Roper 

Secondary and FE Producer   Denise Bowler   07342 066483
(Wednesday – Thursday)

Youth Engagement Producer   Sally Thelwell
(Currently on maternity leave)

Student and Youth Engagement Producer  Dominic Bilton
(Wednesday – Thursday)

Age-Friendly Producer   Claire Cowell   07776 170688

Volunteer Manager   Fiona Cariss
(Currently on maternity leave)

Visitor Team and Volunteer Coordinator   Tahmina Rahman   07798 924196
(2 days a week)

Collections and Exhibitions

Collections: Loans Out information

For enquiries about our collections or potential donations please contact the relevant curator. Part-time hours and usual working days are referenced below.

Head of Collection and Exhibitions   Dominique Heyse-Moore   0161 275 8450

Interim Senior Curator, Exhibitions   Poppy Bowers   0161 275 7479
(Monday – Friday)

Curator, Modern and Contemporary   Leanne Green   0161 275 8450
(Monday – Friday)

Curator, Historic Fine Art   Imogen Holmes-Roe   0161 275 8450
(Monday – Thursday)

Curator, Constituent Museum   Denise Bowler   07342 066483
(Monday, Tuesday and Friday)

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

Curator   Olivia Heron   0161 275 8450
(Monday – Friday)

Collection Information Manager, part-time   John Peel   0161 235 8892

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, Paper   Dan Hogger   0161 275 7807

Gallery and Museum Registrar   Gillian Smithson   0161 275 2652 or 07920 806147
(Monday – Wednesday)

Collections Image Reproductions and Copyright   Jamilla Briggs   0161 275 8450
(Part-time: Tuesday)

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
(Monday – Wednesday)

Buildings and Operations Team 

Head of Buildings and Operations   Dean Whiteside

Buildings and Operations Manager   Luke Gleadall    07584 543856

Events and Operations Supervisor   Hannah Weston   07880 015119

AV/IT Technician   Tristan Clutterbuck   07500 605339

Landscape and Sustainability Technician   Patrick Osborn   07795 151262

Facilities Assistant and Van Driver  David Carmichael   07393 008717

The Modern Caterer (gallery cafe)

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

The Shop

The Whitworth Shop is open during gallery opening times  (Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm)  0161 275 7498

The Friends of the Whitworth

Find out more about the Friends of the Whitworth.