Elena manages the development and delivery of Northumbria University’s Creative Fuse activity. She is the first point of contact for Northumbria’s Get Ready to Innovate programme, part of the Creative Fuse offer for CDIT SMEs.
Within her wider remit, Elena helps to build collaborative research and contract research project capacity within Northumbria’s School of Design.
In 2009 Elena completed her doctorate in Theology at Durham University, and went on to work in various roles in higher education management and administration, including quality assurance, postgraduate training, student recruitment and widening participation in higher education. She is currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In her spare time, Elena enjoys making silk and fabric flowers to create unique accessories.