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The Creative Fuse Advisory Board meets on a bi-annual basis to discuss and plan Creative Fuse activity and impact. It is the highest level of our governance structure, which also consists of an Operational Group and Steering Group.

We are delighted to be able to name leading regional and national figures within the Creative, Digital and IT sector as our Creative Fuse North East Advisory Board Members.

Lord Vaizey of Didcot

Chair, Creative Fuse North East Advisory Board

Lord Vaizey of Didcot was the Member of Parliament for Wantage between 2005 and 2019. He served as the UK Government Culture and Digital Minister from 2010-16, and is ...

Jonathan Sapsed

Principal Investigator, Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Jonathan Sapsed is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University Business School. He is Principal Investigator of Creative Fuse North East, a £...

Mark Adamson

Project Director, Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Mark became Project Director in March 2018, having previously led and coordinated the delivery of the University of Sunderland’s Creative Fuse activity.

As Pr...

Mandy Barker

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Mandy is sole founder of Sail, a creative branding and design studio in the North East focussing on social impact. Mandy proactively speaks out about equality and radi...

Caroline Norbury

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Caroline Norbury MBE is the founding chief executive of Creative England and the Chief Executive of Creative Industries Federation, and is dedicated to championing the...

Penny Day

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Penny is an Innovation Specialist and is part of the Digital Catapult North East & Tees Valley team based at Sunderland Software City. The Digital Catapult support...

Jenny Lang

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Jenny is responsible for overseeing the delivery of Digital Catapult activity across the North East and Tees Valley. She has overall responsibility for regional monito...

Catherine Johns

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Catherine was appointed as CEO of Kielder Observatory in September 2019 and brings a wealth of knowledge of the space industry. As Director of the North East Centre of...

Phil Jackman

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Guerrilla Worker, strategic thinker, occasional maverick and reluctant over-achiever with an interest in culture change, creative opportunities and regional developmen...

Alan Welby

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Alan is Director of Innovation at North East Local Enterprise Partnership. His role focuses on the delivery of key programmes and stimulate investment in innovation an...

Hannabiell Sanders

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Hannabiell is a bass trombonist, an African hand percussionist, and a composer. She is a progressive music teacher who strives to teach her students different ways of ...

Cassian Harrison

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Cassian Harrison is Channel Editor of BBC Four, one of the BBC’s most distinctive and much-loved television services. Under Cassian’s leadership, BBC Four has grow...

Jane Tarr

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Jane is national Director for Organisational Resilience and Environmental Sustainability and is Director of the North East Arts Council office. Arts Council England is...

Simon Green

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Simon is Chair of the Innovation SuperNetwork, a network supporting innovation in business across the North East and includes the established VentureFest North East an...

Paul Meller

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Dr Paul Meller is Associate Director of Programmes at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), responsible for the Council’s investments in the creative indu...

Sevra Davis

Board Member, Creative Fuse North East

Sevra Davis became the Director for Architecture Design Fashion at the British Council in November 2019.

Sevra is an experienced designer, design advocate and l...