Middleport Pottery: People

John Lowther

Director, Middleport Pottery

John has had a successful career in the hospitality, event management, visitor attractions and leisure industries spanning 35 years of which 20 years plus have been at CEO / MD and Director level. Prior to joining UKHBPT (formerly The Prince’s Regeneration Trust), John was Managing Director of Vinopolis City of Wine Plc, London, Managing Director of Altitude London Ltd, Director of The Trentham Estate, Staffordshire as well as a number of other visitor and leisure attractions.

Dave Poulsom

Finance Director, UKHBPT

Dave is a Chartered Accountant who has held a number of senior financial leadership roles in both the private and public sector. Dave has a MA in Leadership from Exeter University as well as Prince 2 and MSP Practitioner level qualification

Having spent his early career in the construction and Railway industries Dave moved to the voluntary sector in 2006 as Director of Finance for the Childrens Workforce Development Council. In 2012 Dave Joined the Department for Education where he spent 5 years acting as senior Finance Business Partner for the Departments delivery agencies and the Education Funding Agency schools £5bn Capital Programme.

In his spare time Dave is an active trustee and governor for four local disadvantaged children and young people focused charities and special schools as well as a keen gardener, motorcyclist and general lov er of the outdoors.

Hayley Underwood

Heritage and Operations Manager, Middleport Pottery

Hayley joined the Middleport Pottery project in December 2013 cataloguing the historic collections from the project, with particular emphasis on the collection of around 19,000 working moulds. Since then, her role evolved to include visitor services following the public opening of the site in July 2014, and she now supports the daily running of the site, including working closely with volunteers and assisting members of the public. Her particular focus is on collections management and Hayley is the point of contact for enquiries into Middleport’s archive.

Hayley has an MA in Heritage Management from the University of Birmingham, and is passionate about preserving local heritage, having lived in Stoke-on-Trent for most of her life.

Emily Corlett

Events and Activity Manager / Learning and Outreach Officer (Harper Street)

Emily joined UKHBPT (formerly The Prince’s Regeneration Trust) in July 2014 as Visitor Services Assistant at Middleport Pottery. She supports and works very closely with the Visitor Services manager with the day to day running of the Visitor Centre and working closely with the volunteers and assisting member of the public.

Prior to her role on site at Middleport, Emily volunteered cataloguing the historic collections from the project. With a degree in Fine Art BA (hons) and after a series of Customer services roles Emily is very happy to combine her favourite passions of art, heritage, architecture and working with the public.

Sarah Nadin

Marketing Manager

Lisa Faram

Financial Assistant

Rebecca Hopkins

Visitor Centre Assistant

Mel Prescott

Visitor Centre Assistant

Mel joined UKHBPT in January 2017.   She joins us from the National Trust (Quarry Bank Mill) where she worked within the visitor services team, mainly membership recruitment and sales.  

Mel particularly enjoys delivering excellent customer service in order to enhance visitor enjoyment and engagement.   

Prior to beginning a new career within the heritage sector,  Mel was an N.N.E.B nanny and Early Years  Practitioner,  a fun-filled career spanning 25 years.  The last ten years of which were spent in middle to senior management level.

She believes passionately that children are the key to the future care of our special places and spaces,  so hopes to combine her skills to create an enjoyable experience for them at Middleport.

Chris Green

Duty Manager

Chris joined UKHBPT after a successful career in the military spanning 25 years, 10 of which were at middle and senior management level. Chris has wide ranging experience in Air Safety, Health & Safety, Welfare provision and Supply Management and has worked in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, USA, and Central America.


Chris has a passion for history and heritage and is currently studying at Keele University towards a degree in History.

Adele Swinney

Duty Manager

Dennis Behenna

Site and Maintenance Department