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The team which led on the first phase of the Creative Fuse Project.

Laura Dyer

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Laura leads the delivery of the Arts Council’s second strategic goal: that everyone has the opportunity to experience and to be inspired by the arts, museums and libraries. She also leads on the growing agenda around local government, devolution and place-making, as well as overall leadership of all five of the Arts Council’s area teams.

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David Dunn

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David is the current CEO of Sunderland Software City, a nationally recognised technology sector support body.

Prior to this regionally important role David held a range of senior positions at OneNorthEast, the regional development agency and previously was Project Director of Financial Inclusion Newcastle.

David sits on the Board of BVEL,

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David Docherty

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David Docherty is Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business, and Chairman of the Digital Television Group, the industry body for digital television in the UK.

He was the first BBC Director of New Media and Deputy Managing Director of BBC Television. After leaving the BBC he led cable company Telewest’s (now Virgin’s) drive into broadband content and services as MD Broadband,

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Frank Boyd

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Frank Boyd is Director of the Knowledge Transfer Network leading its programmes in the Creative Industries, the Digital Economy and Design. The KTN works closely with Innovate UK to stimulate innovation across the economy.

Frank has been one of UK’s digital pioneers since founding the first digital media lab in Britain,

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Mariann Hardey

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

Mariann is the Durham PI for Creative Fuse North East and has been a leader in the project across Fuse 1.0 and 2.0.

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Xiaoxian Zhu

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Dr Xiaoxian Zhu is a senior lecturer in Human Resource Development at Teesside University.

She is a member of CIPD and a subject examiner of international examining bodies. Xiaoxian is also an award winning researcher with depth of understanding in her specialism and breadth beyond.

For her academic performance in this field,

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Louise Kempton

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I’m particularly interested in the role of universities in supporting local growth and innovation and whether the drivers and barriers for businesses in the CDIT sector are different than for those in other parts of the economy.

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Mersha Aftab

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Design means business!

My interest is in the role design plays in the strategic innovation process in multinational industries.

My ambition is to fit design in the heart of organisations, especially the ones that want to be innovative.

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Georgios Theodoropoulos

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I’m a stout believer in interdisciplinary research as a vehicle to shift mindsets and move from entrenched, siloed thinking to long-term contextual perspectives.

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Barry Hodgson

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I manage the Digital Institute at Newcastle University where our work spans research, teaching and innovation through engagement with external organisations.

We have particular strengths in Cloud Computing & Data Analytics which we apply to extract knowledge from the vast amounts of data now being collected in all research fields and industrial sectors.

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