We have a passion for people, whether staff or clients. Respect and the ability to draw the best out of each other is at the heart of what we do.
We have a passion for production and our industry. We love to capture and tell the story at hand.
We are always refining the art of visual communication. Although we’ve been around a while, we’re learning every day.
We always embrace new technology and seek innovative ways to use it.
We work relationally with our teams and clients – always looking to connect, understand and build partnerships.
We try to never forget that in all styles and types of video communication, every project has an audience, and our aim is to understand who they are and how we connect with them.
We never let budget stand in the way of an important story that needs to be told.
Ian Oakley – Director and Producer (MD)
As founding member of Whitestone Media, Ian has spent all of his career working in the event, corporate and charity sectors providing production solutions on a variety of levels. Reliability, delivery, creativity and innovation are the four things that are his focus as MD…that and encouraging a family environment on which the team is built. Ian also heads up WSM-UAV, the aerial filming part of the business.
Passions outside of work – family (home educating a family of four with co-director Paula), music (working on several side projects outside of WSM), creative arts, people and ‘fluffy’ science.
Paula Oakley – Director
Paula is the other half of the directing team at WSM. Her part time role provides direction and editorial input, as well as being ‘good cop’ to Ian’s ‘bad cop’ at times!
Outside of the WSM world, Paula is a home educator as well as illustrator and advocate of architectural conservation. Music also plays an important role in her life as a song writer and musician.
Alex Havko – Self Directing Cameraman
Alex’s main focus at WSM is as self directing cameraman, with experience in many different shooting arenas. However, Alex also edits and provides creative design input to projects, so has a good all round head for the production process.
As well as being our resident American on the team, Alex focuses on his role in a local church, as well as pursuing many other creative projects.
Simon Hurdle – Animator and Editor
Simon’s background is in 3D stop motion animation, and so brings a level of creativity and craftsmanship to our animation work. He’s also an experienced video editor.
Outside of WSM, Simon is the talented one amongst us, with his child hood role in the West End production of Oliver – talents which have matured into success on the five aside football pitch, singing and dancing his local team to many a victory!
Maria Crook – Head of Administration
Maria is the sensible, level headed cement that holds all of the above together, and is the one who brings order and direction to the admin and paperwork behind the scenes.
Outside WSM Maria is a home educating mother of two and is studying Physiology herself. She is also in the process of designing her first self build project for a new family home…but is at her happiest on the beach in Cornwall.