SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
TIM DESMOND – CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Tim joined the museum in November 2017 having previously been Chief Executive of the National Justice Museum where he developed the Public Legal Education Syndicates model at courts in London and Manchester. He has over fifteen years’ experience in the sector including having been a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University and on the boards of East Midlands Museum Service, Museum Development East Midlands, Arts Council England (Midlands) and Experience Nottinghamshire. His early career was spent in the theatre and later as a drama teacher across the UK and Ireland.
MIKE WELLS – FINANCE & COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
DR LAURA CROSSLEY – HEAD OF CONTENT
ANTHONY WILLDER – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
CHRISTIAN ALLEN – LEARNING AND COMMUNITIES MANAGER
SAM BROADLEY – PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
WIEBKE CULLEN – COLLECTIONS MANAGER
DR PETER HOLME – CURATOR
DR ALEXANDER JACKSON – CURATOR
DENISE LAMBERT – PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
DAVID MANSELL – DIGITAL PRODUCER
BELINDA SCARLETT – CURATOR
LOUISE RUTHERFORD – PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
CRAIG DOBSON – DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR
DARREN COLLINGWOOD – VISITOR EXPERIENCE MANAGER
AMANDA ELLAM – VISITOR EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR
KRISTINA MATUSAITIS – VISITOR EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR
DAVID SAMMON – VISITOR EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR
JEFF STARKEY – TECHNICAL MANAGER
SHERYSE KENNEDY – FINANCE MANAGER
NITA MISTRY – ASSISTANT ACCOUNTANT
IAN PENROSE – CHAIR OF TRUSTEES
Ian brings over 20 years of leadership experience in the global gaming, technology and sporting sectors. Ian was CEO of Sportech plc from 2005 until 2017 and served as CEO of Arena Leisure plc from 2001 to 2005. He is currently a Non executive Director of the FTSE 250 global gaming technology business Playtech plc, Non executive Chairma of DataPOWA, and a strategic adviser to Weatherbys Ltd and the UK Tote Group. In particular he has significant knowledge of the US gambling market, having led strategic initiatives in the region for nearly a decade. Ian has been licensed by regulators in several countries, and is also a Chartered Accountant. In addition he is a lifelong Preston North End fan!
DAVID MARTLAND – SECRETARY
Simon was educated at Pendlebury High School, Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Business School. On leaving school in 1981 he embarked on a 19 year career as a professional footballer at Blackburn Rovers, Queens Park Rangers and Port Vale, appearing in 621 competitive matches, scoring 84 goals and earning 4 England U-21 caps. After retiring from professional football in 2000, he joined the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) as a full-time executive. In his role at the PFA he manages contractual, regulation and disciplinary issues between players, clubs and governing bodies, and educates players at clubs on issues that affect their careers such as anti-doping, betting, discipline, agents, pensions, insurance and retraining for a second career. As well as his position at the National Football Museum, he is also a Trustee of the Professional Footballers Pension Scheme and a Director of the Professional Players Federation and Sport Resolutions (UK).
Jane has led the International Relations team at The Football Association for more than 20 years. She has built networks across European and global football, supporting major tournament bids and delivering programmes which explore the power of football as a vehicle for social change. Outside The FA, she is a trustee of the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation, and was a non-executive Director of the Board of the Sport and Recreation Alliance from 2012-2018. Jane’s appointment in January 2021 comes as a new partnership is formed between the museum and The Football Association. The partnership will celebrate and bring to life football’s history and heritage.
Clive has been Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce since September 2010. Prior to this he was a Director of Robinson Keane the executive recruitment consultancy and is also a very experienced Non Executive Director. He is Chairman of Enworks, a business support programme that works with NW SME’s to improve their environmental and economic performance and is a non executive Director of Brockholes Enterprises Ltd, the commercial company of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire Ltd. Following his appointment at the Chamber, he stepped down as Chair of Stoneleigh Park Ltd, the commercial arm of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. Vice Chair of Preston College and a Director of the North & West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of Lancaster University Management School and has co-authored a book on improving business performance through effective and practical employee engagement – “Growing your own Heroes”. After qualifying as a lawyer he enjoyed a successful career in both industry and the public sector holding senior positions in the Hepworth, Steetley and Redland Groups and as MD of Tate Access Floor Systems before becoming Chief Executive of Business Link Lancashire, a role he held for over 8 years. Clive has lead, and managed, change successfully in the Public, Private and Third Sectors and is a firm believer in a people and values-driven approach to effective performance.
Nick is a strategist and entrepreneur who grows business internationally. His key skills include international strategy formulation for market leading companies and senior level client engagement including CEOs and government Ministers. He has broad sector experience including healthcare; media; consumer goods; industrial products; technology; e-commerce and education
CLLR LUTHFUR RAHMAN
Moira Stevenson has spent her career in the museum, heritage and arts sectors. Having worked in various curatorial and management roles she retired as Head of Manchester City Galleries in 2011. She is still actively engaged in the sector as a trustee of a number of museum and heritage organisations.