Meet the Manchester Histories Team
Karen Shannon, Chief Executive
Karen is responsible for the creative direction, strategic planning, programming, marketing and funding of Manchester Histories (MH) and Manchester Histories Festival (MHF). Karen believes that exploring histories and heritage is a great way of engaging with people and communities. A way to spark imaginations, learn new things, and to create work that has impact and meaning on the here and now, and the future.
Heather Roberts, Freelance Archivist
Manchester Histories Trustees
Dr Kostas Arvanitis
Dr Kostas Arvanitis is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester. He teaches in the MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies and his research interests cross the fields of museology, archaeology, cultural heritage, and digital media. His expertise lies in the area of Digital Heritage, which includes the theory and practice of digital technology in museums, art galleries and heritage sites. Kostas works with arts and heritage organisations in developing partnerships and projects around the use of digital and social media for purposes of curation, interpretation and audience engagement
Hannah Barker (Chair)
Hannah Barker is a historian of industrial revolution England, and the north of England in particular. She is Professor of British History at the University of Manchester and a Historical Advisor for the National Trust at Quarry Bank Mill.
Rob is a Commercial Leader with Laing O’Rourke in Manchester and has more years’ experience of commercial and financial management than you could shake a stick at. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Governor at St Barnabas C of E Primary Academy. In and out of work Rob gets excited by music, people, numbers and technology.
Andrew is a partner at national law firm Shoosmiths LLP. He specialises in commercial real estate and is involved in all kinds of development projects around the city. He's had a lifelong love of history and whilst not directly relevant to his job enjoys looking into the history of the site and buildings he works on. Andrew is one of our newest board members and is delighted to be part of and support Manchester Histories.
Melanie Tebbutt is Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she has been involved in developing a number of community-based history projects. She is Head of the University’s Humanities Research Centre and of the Manchester Centre for Regional History.
John Williams is an arts and heritage consultant working with a wide variety of private and public arts and heritage organisations in the UK and overseas. Most of his work focuses on supporting, advising and managing capital development and exhibition projects. John is Chair of the Millennium Quarter in Manchester (which includes Urbis and The Cathedral Visitor Centre,) a mentor for the Museums Association Diploma, a mentor for the Heritage Lottery Fund and a heritage expert for the Institute of Fundraising.
Martin has over thirty years of experience working in the arts, culture and heritage sectors in a variety of public sector roles and organisations in and around Manchester. The common theme in all these roles has been the desire to widen participation in cultural activities and to increase engagement with local people.
Musician, DJ, author - Creative Consultant
BME Community Advisor