With over 120 years of collective experience working at Wade, our managers are proud of the work the company has been able to produce and the accolades they have achieved. Although their skills differ and their roles vary, they all share one objective – to make Wade the strongest and most valuable ceramic manufacturer on the market.
Just like our locally sourced materials that our products are made from, the ‘Best of British’ mentality is also strengthened through our management’s home roots, with many born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent.
Take the time to read a little more about our managers and what they offer to the company.
Paul has been working at Wade for nearly 23 years and he still leads with passion.
Having received on-the-job training across numerous industries over 43 years, he’s more than adept at managing and leading the senior management team to achieve business performance – and always in-line with budget.
Paul rightly thinks that promotion opportunities at Wade Ceramics are good, as staff are encouraged to grow in their roles. He thinks that job satisfaction comes in many forms, but especially when targets are achieved.
Paul’s favourite Wade Ceramics products are the pie and flan dishes and bakers – “they’re great products that perform well.”
When it’s time to go home, he likes nothing better than a meal of steak or chicken fajitas, and enjoying his interests of sport, reading, wine and cooking.
Paul is a local lad from Stoke, he may be our MD, but they aren’t they only initials to his name. Paul is also an OBE.
Bringing to Wade over 40 years industry experience, Martin stepped into the role of Director of Operations in 2018.
Although his day-to-day duties may vary, Martin’s role mostly includes the organisation and coordination of the management team. Some may see this as a challenge, but this aspect of the job is what Marin thoroughly enjoys – managing a progressive, forward thinking business.
Outside of work, Martin is an avid traveller, specifically around Europe. And when it comes to the weekend, he can often be found on the golf course.
Stuart Shickell is our Head of Engineering.
Having completed two ILM Level 7 courses, various workshops and external training, his day-to-day role involves ensuring that everything in the factory is operating correctly. He’s also responsible for managing new projects and installations.
Wade product highlights include The Kraken Flagon. Mainly because it was thought to be impossible to create, but it shows how far we’ve developed our knowledge in so little time.
Away from work, Stuart loves doing fun things with his boys, eating a good steak and exploring new holiday destinations. He has travelled the world climbing mountains – albeit when he was much younger and fitter!
Having joined Wade in October 2014, Craig Wasley is our Business Development Manager.
It’s a position with many varied day-to-day responsibilities, but mostly includes visiting existing customers, presenting to potential new clients, staying in tune with market trends and helping customers understand how they can add value with a UK-made product.
Seeing a project take off, from inception through to the product being offered to consumers, is one of the main positives to Craig’s job. But the best thing, in his eyes, is the diversity of products Wade creates. His favourite Wade Ceramics piece is a popular choice – the Gluggle Jug.
Craig is a massive foodie, his favourite holiday destination is Cornwall and he can also play the digeridoo!
With an amazing 35 years’ experience of working at Wade, Marie Evans is our H.R. Manager.
Marie’s day-to-day role involves labour planning, recruitment and selection – everything you’d expect from a senior HR guru.
Working with great people and in an industry that she is proud of, are the best things about life at Wade. Marie thinks that “all of our products are great, but if I had to choose one it would be Nelsons Gin bottle.”
In her personal time, Marie takes huge pride in being from Stoke on Trent, a fact reflected by her main interest – supporting Port Vale FC.
Liz is our head of Finance and is ACCA qualified.
Liz has a background in the hotel and leisure sector, engineering, and social housing, but has predominantly worked with textile manufacturing. Both her grandmas worked in the pottery industry; one was a freehand painter at Midwinters and the other was an aerographer at Simpsons.
At Wade, Liz oversees the day to day running of the finance department and supports the management team in operational and strategic decision making.
In her own time, Liz loves oat cakes and going pike fishing on the Norfolk broads with her husband of 28 years. They met when Liz was 14, and now have 2 sons together. Proud supporters of Stoke FC, they regularly go as a family.