Meet the community
Tom Oxley is a photographer working within a specialist photographic industry, primarily involved with music, film and both the associated pop & sub-cultures.
"I’m genuinely delighted to be involved with Made In Stoke. I’m aiming to use the knowledge gained over the last couple of decades, through my own industry, to contribute positively to the growth of the city."
Tristram Hunt was Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central from 2010-2017, before becoming Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
"The culture, community and pride of The Potteries has touched so many people, born in Stoke-on-Trent or those who have just lived there, that it is important to give something back. Made in Stoke is a tremendous campaign to ensure that the Stoke diaspora in the UK and around the world use their influence, connections, and skills to encourage investment, innovation and creativity into North Staffordshire and ensure the city’s long-term reinvention."
Justine Simons OBE
Justine has played a central role in the cultural transformation of London for two decades. She was awarded an OBE in 2015 for Services to Culture.
"Stoke is a city built on the talent and creativity of generations of craftspeople. We pioneered incredible new techniques, spearheaded the industrial revolution and invented oatcakes! Made in Stoke is bottling all this talent and potential and looking to the future, it’s a privilege to be involved"
Matthew is a technology entrepreneur who has founded a number of businesses in Australia, the US and the UK.
"Stoke has created so many inspirational, talented people, both in the city and across the world. Made in Stoke can bring them together to create a place where new talent can thrive."
Mike was born and raised in Newcastle-under-Lyme. He leads on cultural tourism policy and programmes in the Culture team at City Hall.
"Wherever I’ve been in the world, Stoke is always somewhere I’m proud to call my home town. Its earthy, down to earth quality has kept me grounded whilst its creative energy keeps me looking forward to the possible."