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 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. Always a sports fan and formerly a black belt in Judo, semi -professional soccer player, squash player and devoted skier, he is delighted to have joined Middleport.

Teresa Fox-Wells

Visitor Centre Manager, Middleport Pottery

Teresa joined PRT in January 2013 as the Visitor Services Manager at Middleport Pottery. Teresa has worked in heritage for over 10 years after a career change from catering management. Born in Stoke-on-Trent and with a passion for the heritage of the area, Teresa has worked for the Stoke-on-Trent museums service and for Newcastle under Lyme Borough council as their Heritage and Learning Officer. Her current role includes recruitment and supervision of volunteers, delivery of the Middleport activity plan including events and community activities and planning future programmes in preparation for the opening of the site. Teresa loves old buildings of any shape, size or style… as long as they are Victorian!

Hayley Underwood

Administration Manager, Middleport Pottery

Hayley joined The Prince’s Regeneration Trust in May 2014 as Evaluation Assistant for the Middleport Pottery and Old Duchy Palace projects. Since then, her role has evolved to include visitor services at Middleport Pottery, following the public opening of the site in July 2014. She supports the Visitor Centre Manager here with all aspects of the daily running of the site, including working closely with volunteers and assisting members of the public. As part of her evaluation work, she collects visitor feedback and produces regular reports detailing the site’s progress.

Prior to her role on-site at Middleport Pottery, Hayley worked cataloguing the historic collections from the project, with particular emphasis on the collection of around 19,000 working moulds. 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

Visitor Centre Assistant / Events Coordinator Middleport Pottery

Emily joined 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.