Introducing our Senior Management team.
With over 120 years of collective experience working at Wade, our managers are proud of the work the company have been able to produce and the accolades they have achieved. Although their skills differ and their roles vary, they all share one objective. That objective is to make Wade the strongest and most valuable ceramic manufacturer on the market. The management team’s deliverance of this objective is a factor that encourages the ever-growing success of Wade. From excellent product knowledge to strong customer relations, Wade’s senior management team are covered in many areas of the company. The team’s responsibilities include managing accounts, encouraging staff growth, factory operations, and recruiting new clients, as well as paying special attention to our existing contacts. Just like our locally sourced materials that our products are made from, our senior management are local too. The ‘Best of British’ mentality is 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.
A veteran of Wade Ceramics, having worked here for nearly 17 years, Chris Mannering is our Financial Director. Chris’s day-to-day role is as leader of the accounts department and member of the senior management team.
Throughout his time with us, he’s seen Wade encourage its employees to train in order to enhance their skill levels and increase their promotion opportunities.
And away from work, Chris is a born and bred Stokie who loves sport, crossword puzzles and holidays in the Greek islands.
Drawing upon an unbelievable 42 years of experience at Wade, David Goddard is our Technical Director.
David’s responsibilities include maintaining the day-to-day operation of all aspects of technical and quality functions. Plus assisting and proactively supporting the management team.
In David’s mind, one of the best things about working at Wade is the fact that “we work as a family – sometimes it’s challenging, but it’s always rewarding.”
Away from work, David loves fishing and gardening, a nice steak, and holidays in South West England.
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.