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Director Esme Ward  Profile

Senior Executive Assistant to the Director Judith Fabian

Head of Development Stephen Walsh

Data Manager Helen Mark


Marketing & Communications

Head of Communications and Marketing Connor Murphy

Graphic Designer Ian Smith

Digital Content Creator Tobias Longmate

Visitor Team and Communications Coordinator Michelle Scott



Head of Exhibitions and Collections George Young

Curator of Botany Dr Rachel Webster

Curator of Earth Science Collections Dr David Gelsthorpe

Curator of Egypt and Sudan Dr Campbell Price

Curator of Entomology Diana Arzuza Buelvas

Curator of Indigenous Perspectives Dr Alexandra P. Alberda

Curator of Living Cultures Dr Njabulo Chipangura

Lead Curator (South Asia Gallery) Nusrat Ahmed

Curatorial Assistant (Botany) Lindsey Loughtman

Curatorial Assistant (Humanities) Dr Susan Martin

Curatorial Assistant (Natural Sciences) Rachel Petts

Chinese Culture Gallery Project Assistant Dr Fang Zong

Honorary Curator (Numismatics) Bryan Sitch

Honorary Museum Associate Dr Graham Proudlove

Honorary Museum Associate Dr Laurence Cook

Collection Information Manager  John Peel

Finds Liaison Officer  Heather Beeton

Professor Emeritus of Archaeological Studies and of Classics Prof. John Prag

AELP Archivist Clare Pye


Collections Care and Access

Collections Care Manager and Senior Conservator Dr Sam Beath

Registrar Gillian Smithson

Conservator Jenny Discombe

Conservator Irit Narkiss

Conservation Intern Emily Gershman

Preventive Conservator Abigail Stevens

Senior Technician (Presentation and Collections) Robert O’Connor

Workshop Technician Daniel Staincliffe


Civic Engagement and Engagement

Head of Civic Engagement and Education Wendy Gallagher

Curator of Learning Dr Hannah-lee Chalk

Primary Learning Coordinator Amy McDowall

Learning Programme Assistant Jennie Aspinall

Secondary and Post-16 Learning Coordinator: Science Mattie Davies and Barinur Rashid

Learning Facilitator Mattie Davies

Education Bookings Coordinator Nora Callaghan

Student Engagement Coordinator Naomi Kashiwagi

Curator of Community Exhibitions Andrea Winn

Engagement Manager Anna Bunney

Family Programme Coordinator Vicky Grant

Environmental Action Manager Hannah Hartley

Social Justice Manager Chloe Cousins

Curator of Herpetology  Matthew O’Donell

Curatorial Assistant in Herpetology Bethany Dean

Curatorial Assistant in Herpetology Lewis Field

Volunteer Coordinator Kate Glynn

Volunteer Programme Assistant Lucy MacPherson

Digitising Multilingual Heritage Project Manager Bryony Rigby

Digital Volunteer Assistant Mirela Steel

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Assistant Karen Brackenridge

Age Friendly Culture Champions Coordinator María José Ramos Acevedo

Our Shared Cultural Heritage: City Coordinator Dr Sadia Habib

Buildings and Operations

Head of Commercial and Operations Dean Whiteside

Projects Coordinator Rowena McGrath (maternity leave)

Building and Operations Manager: Connor Tierney

Building Systems Supervisor Arkadiusz Sokolowski

Multimedia Technician Oliver Harrison

Events and Enterprise Manager Lowell Wallbank

Events Supervisor Caroline Weston

Exhibition and Presentation Technician Mike Ashworth



Head of Commercial and Operations Dean Whiteside

Head Buyer & Product Developer Emma Gittins

Retail Manager Louise Watson

Merchandiser Natacha Pedersen

Retail Assistant Manager Sheona Rankin

Retail Assistant Harriet Bell

Retail Assistant James Whittaker

Retail Assistant Nuha Chaudrhy

Retail Assistant Sylvia Gaye

Museum shop  0161 275 8786


Visitor Team

Visitor Team Manager Peter Fallon

Assistant Visitor Team Manager Abbie Hawkins

Visitor Team Coordinator Ellie Hall

Visitor Team Coordinator Rebecca Winstanley

Visitor Team and Communications Coordinator Michelle Scott

Visitor Team Assistant Aisha Shafiq

Visitor Team Assistant amie Blundell

Visitor Team Assistant Anisa Mohammed

Visitor Team Assistant Athina Chatzi

Visitor Team Assistant Bilal Saddiq

Visitor Team Assistant Billy Harvell-Smith

Visitor Team Assistant Bryony Rigby

Visitor Team Assistant Cameron Argo

Visitor Team Assistant Catherine Perry

Visitor Team Assistant Dr Fang Zong

Visitor Team Assistant Jennie Trueman

Visitor Team Assistant Joe Goodchild

Visitor Team Assistant Lauren Priestley

Visitor Team Assistant Louise Boursier

Visitor Team Assistant María José Ramos Acevedo

Visitor Team Assistant Maxine Carson-Byrne

Visitor Team Assistant Maya Chowdhury

Visitor Team Assistant Michael Guariento

Visitor Team Assistant Nathan Winterbone

Visitor Team Assistant Nico Bartlett

Visitor Team Assistant Parvinder Sohal

Visitor Team Assistant Pinar Tunc

Visitor Team Assistant Raymond Mashizha

Visitor Team Assistant Sadiqa Khatun

Visitor Team Assistant Sammy Oates-Miller

Visitor Team Assistant Sean Young

Visitor Team Assistant Stan Sumara


Museum Development North

North West Regional Lead and Museum Development Advisor: Lancashire & Cumbria Kaye Hardyman 07748 147151

Museum Development Advisor: Cheshire, Greater Manchester & Merseyside Lynsey Jones 07748 147240

Museum Development Advisor: Environmental Responsibility Alison Criddle 07767 675188

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