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Ms Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement, Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery

Esme is Head of Engagement at Manchester Museum and the Whitworth, at the University of Manchester where she has led the growth of award-winning health and culture, early years and age friendly research and programmes.  She is Strategic Lead for Culture for Age Friendly Manchester, working across Manchester’s cultural organisations to develop work by, with and for older people. She was one of the expert authors on the Prime Minister’s Champion Group on the Arts Guide to Dementia Friendly Culture and sits on several national and regional health and culture boards and networks. In 2012, the engagement projects of Esme received two awards from the Royal Society of Public Health for innovative and outstanding contributions to arts and health practice and research.