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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

* The Whitworth is CLOSED on all Bank Holiday Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. Please see our Seasonal Opening Times 2022 & 2023, for details.


The Whitworth is currently recruiting a new Director.

In the meantime, an interim executive has been appointed to co-lead the gallery:

Ed Watts, Interim Deputy Director

Amy George, Interim Head of Collections

Poppy Bowers, Interim Head of Exhibitions Senior Executive Assistant to the executive Helen Fairs 07825 316609

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 Team Coordinator   Tahmina Rahman

Visitor Team Coordinator   Emma Hughes

Visitor Team Coordinator (Part-time)   Robin Cleary

Visitor Team Coordinator (Part-time)   Zoe Smith Turner

Marketing & Communications

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

Communications Manager   Melissa McFarlane

Cultural Communications Coordinator   Joanne Hitchen

Digital Communications Officer   Steve Devine
(Monday – Tuesday)


Development & Stakeholder Manager   Olga Gribben   0161 275 8458

Finance & Commercial Team

Finance Officer   David Allred   0161 275 7456

Buyer and Product Developer   Emma Gittins   07471 119940

Retail Supervisor   Robert Parkinson   07393 00830

Whitworth Enterprise Administrator   Ruth Wedgbury

The Whitworth Shop   07393 008304  or  0161 275 7498

The Whitworth Shop is open Tuesday to Sunday, and we have a new online shop

Follow the Shop on Instagram @thewhitworthshop

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)

Project Producer  Dominic Bilton
(Tuesday – Thursday)

Age-Friendly Producer   Claire Cowell   07776 170688

Volunteer Manager   Fiona Cariss   07554 778269
(Monday – Thursday)

Civic Engagement and Education Assistant   Gurusha Saini
(Tuesday – Saturday)


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.

Interim Head of Collections   Amy George
(Monday – Thursday)

Interim Head of Exhibitions   Poppy Bowers
(Monday – Friday)

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

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

Curator   Olivia Heron
(Monday – Friday)

Curatorial Assistant (Textiles and Wallpaper)   Victoria Hartley
(Monday – Friday)

Curatorial Assistant (Art)  Hannah Vollam
(Monday – Friday)

Interim Gallery Registrar   Jamilla Briggs
(Part-time: Monday and Tuesday)

Collections Image Reproductions and Copyright   Image Reproductions

Conservation and Collections Care

Conservator, Preventive and Sculpture   Sarah Potter   0161 275 7807

Conservator, Paper   Dan Hogger   0161 275 7807

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 (Part-time)  Tristan Clutterbuck   07500 605339

Landscape and Sustainability Technician   Patrick Osborn   07795 151262

Facilities Assistant and Van Driver  David Carmichael   07393 008717

The Whitworth Café

Operations Manager   Adam Woof   07717 336176

Head Chef  Dave Broderick   07584 617116

The Whitworth Café   0161 275 7497

Conference & Events   0161 306 4100

Weddings   0161 275 2675

The Whitworth Cafe is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm, Thursdays 10am-8pm

Menu and service times are detailed here.

Online table reservations – click here.

The Shop

The Whitworth Shop is open during gallery opening times (Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm, Thursdays 10am-9pm)  07393 008304  or  0161 275 7498

Click here to visit The Whitworth Shop online.

The Friends of the Whitworth

Find out more about the Friends of the Whitworth.