About us

What's our mission?

Our mission is to create a community of 10,000 people who contribute to the regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent. We are not limited to one sector or one cause. We are led by you and want to harness the fierce pride and loyalty that people born, raised or connected to the city feel and use that to do good.

Our goal is to bring people together, share stories, share opportunities and make introductions so that if you are an alumni of Stoke-on-Trent you feel that you have an avenue to reconnect and help in some way. We connect you with organisations and individuals in the city that match your areas of interest.

We share investment and philanthropic opportunities and we support anyone who wants to make a creative, time or monetary contribution to Stoke-on-Trent.We are here to help you, help Stoke in a way that works for you. 

Welcome to Made in Stoke, welcome home.

Values

Who is it for?

The Made in Stoke community is for anyone with a connection to Stoke-on-Trent or North Staffordshire. You were born, educated, raised, lived or worked in Stoke-on-Trent or North Staffordshire.

You feel that Stoke is a part of your story, a part of who you are. You care about Stoke-on-Trent, its people and its future and you want to play your part in it’s change and regeneration.

Our values of trust, quality, collaboration, innovation and transparency flow through everything we do.

History

How did this start?

The concept of a community for people with a connection to Stoke-on-Trent was originally inspired by MP Tristram Hunt. 

Since then advocates, philanthropists and key local partners have supported Made in Stoke to promote our mission and find more brilliant people that are truly Made in Stoke.

Strategy

What are our priorities?

The five key strategic priorities for Made in Stoke are:

  • Community building
  • Educational improvement
  • Pathways to work
  • Economic development & regeneration
  • Culture & heritage

To read more about our vision, mission, strategic priorities and the activities that will help us to achieve our goals take a look at our strategy document. Click on our Strategy Document to take a closer look.

300+ Members

Our community has hundreds of members.

Worldwide Community

Made in Stoke has members at home and abroad.

Est. 2021

Our beginnings began in 2021. The community was re-branded and re-launched in Sept 2023.
Meet the team

See our community contributors

Kaye Morrissey
Relationships Lead

Kaye connects new Made in Stoke members with opportunities close to their heart. Managing outreach, communications and events.

Kaye has a wealth of professional experience as a freelance events manager, facilitating events in the Stoke area across a wide range of industries.

Jenny Amphlett
Network Co-ordinator

After nearly 25 years as a journalist, magazine editor and more recently an events organiser, Jenny is now the Made in Stoke-on-Trent Network Co-ordinator.

This newly created role is based at Staffordshire University but serves the whole of the city of Stoke-on-Trent. The aim is to establish and nurture a philanthropy network for the city.

Nicky Twemlow
Group Chair

Working as Partnerships and Community Director at YMCA North Staffs Nicky has demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organisation management industry.

Skilled in Senior Leadership, Nonprofit Organisations, Youth Development, Cultural Education, Social Impact, Coaching, Event Management, and Fundraising.

Helen Ryles
Technology Lead

Helen is the technology and content lead for Made in Stoke. Creating our digital presence, connecting us with our members online.


Helen has 15+ years professional experience in the IT Industry and is an IT Project Manager and IT Consultant.

James Routledge
Community Facilitator

James is an entrepreneur, author and public speaker from Stoke. He has recently been drawn back to the area as the Entrepreneur in Residence at Staffordshire University, thanks to the Made in Stoke community. James is now working to create a community organisation to provide opportunities for Stoke alumni to come back and contribute to the area.

Made in Stoke is backed by our partners