Meet the authors

Dr Ruth Chambers OBE

I am an honorary professor at Staffordshire University and also Keele University. I recently retired as a practising GP after 40+ years on the NHS frontline. I have written 71 books – mainly for health care teams, some for the public; presented at local events, national & international conferences; as well as carrying out published research and contributing to national healthcare guidance over the years.

To view a sample of Dr Ruth Chambers' chapter click here.


Please click here to visit Dr Chambers' personal website

Lewis Chambers

Hi, I’m Lewis, I’m 12 years old. At the moment I’m in year 8 in high school. I have two sisters and one brother (I’m the second eldest). I enjoyed creating this book and hope to see that readers are inspired and succeed in their own lives.

Personally, I think all of the participants in the book are successful in their own individual ways and have interesting stories of achievements. It is fantastic that all of the profits from Stoke Your Success are going to the Donna Louise Children’s hospice (an important local charity for Stoke).

Gabrielle Johnson

Hello! I’m Gabby and I am currently a medical student at the University of Nottingham. I am 18 years old and am delighted to be a part of Stoke Your Success.

I am very proud to have been born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent and I believe that anybody regardless of their start in life can be successful and have a bright future.     

Charlie Stanyer

I’m Charlie and I am 13 years old. I was born in Stoke, where I live with my Mum and Dad and two sisters. I am currently at high school and about to start studying for my GCSEs. I have been inspired by the interviews with the local people in Stoke Your Success who have shown that they can achieve great things regardless of their backgrounds, through their determination and hard work.

To see Lewis, Gabby and Charlie talking about the book and how it has inspired them please watch the video below.

Steve Shaw (illustrator)

I am a potter, artist and musician born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent. 

The main influence upon my life has always been music. I try to communicate ideas and feelings with my art much like song. 


I would walk around the remarkable city of my birth with my headphones on, seeing and hearing in a different light. Fresh ideas for drawings and paintings would come to me very quickly and I couldn’t wait to return to the studio and begin realising them in physical form. It became a catalyst for much of my future art.


My work involves watercolour, coloured pencil, scraperboard, gouache, pencil and I have recently begun experimenting with lino cut printing. 


My artwork often depicts themes that have been a constant in my life and my heritage of the city. So too in recent work I have reflected on the neglect and erosion of that heritage, often I focus on war and remembrance and of course there is always music.


My recent work in lino cut printing is a joy to me, I love it and feels like a new chapter in the progress of my art bringing with it a new collection of ideas waiting to be interpreted in print. 


I have produced a number of prints and a range of greetings cards that is expanding each day.

Click here to follow Steve on Twitter @shawsteve5