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Creative Fuse North East is privileged to have access to leading industry and business support expertise directly from all five North East Universities. Individuals listed here are dedicated to the delivery of the Creative Fuse North East vision.

 

Wendy Parvin

Business Development Manager, Creative Fuse Tees Valley

Business Development Manager for Creative Fuse Tees Valley, Wendy Parvin is an entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity educator with over 30 years of experience wo...

Lynn Retallick

ERDF Project Coordinator, Research & Innovation

Lynn joined the Creative Fuse team at Northumbria University in February 2021.  She brings over 15 years’ experience within the education sector managing project fi...

Hannah Draboczy

Communications and Events Coordinator

Hannah is a Communications and Events Coordinator for the Teesside University-led initiative, DigitalCity, where the Creative Fuse Tees Valley part of the project sits...

Samiullah Paracha

Research & Development Specialist

Dr. Samiullah Paracha is the Research and Development Specialist of the Creative Fuse North East team at the University of Sunderland, exploring how to stimulate and f...

Ann Howard

Creative Fuse Coordinator

Ann joined the Creative Fuse team in September 2020 moving from Durham University English Department and has been enjoying getting to know the team and the people invo...

Aarron Toal

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Aarron is a researcher at Durham University working as part of Creative Fuse North East. He supports innovation research projects and collaborates with SMEs in the Cou...

Suzanne Nestor-Robson

Deputy Director / Policy Academy Co-Director

Experienced in public service roles and higher education support service leadership and management at organisational and regional levels.

Possesses over two dec...

Jennifer Allinson

Project Development Manager

Jennifer became Project Development Manager at Northumbria University in February 2021, having led the writing of the original Creative Fuse bid in 2015, under the dir...

Rachel Murphy

Project Development and Compliance Manager : Research and Innovation Services

Rachel has worked in the management of projects and funding for over 20 years now, covering contracts related to economic regeneration, working with unemployed people ...

Ollie Hemstock

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Ollie Hemstock is a Research Fellow in the School of Design at Northumbria University, where he is involved with developing, piloting and delivering collaborative d...

Gill Hagan-Green

Research and Innovation Specialist

Dr Gill Hagan-Green is the Research and Innovation Specialist of the Creative Fuse Sunderland team, she was also a Reader in Business Technology at the University of B...

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...

Ladan Cockshut

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

Ladan is a senior postdoctoral researcher at Durham University. She is involved with social innovation research projects and uses action research in her collaboration ...

Mariann Hardey

Principal Investigator (Durham)

Mariann Hardey is an Associate Professor at Durham University Business School and part of the Directorate for the Advanced Researc...

Lynne Hall

Professor of Computer Science

Lynne Hall is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Sunderland. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and of the British Computer Society. She...

Richard Clay

Professor of Digital Humanities

I firmly believe that collaborations between universities and other sectors mutually benefit all involved, collectively identifying problems that are best addressed to...

Mark Bailey

Institutional Lead, Northumbria

Meaningful innovation happens at the intersection of different disciplines where the knowledge, know-how and expertise of multiple actors comes together around a commo...