The Fuse Manifesto Steering Board

The Fuse Manifesto Steering Board

The steering board for the Fuse Manifesto, part of UK Fuse included: 

Hasan Bakhshi
Director, Creative Economy in Policy & Research

Hasan leads Nesta's creative and digital economy policy and research. His recent work includes co-authoring the Next Gen skills review of the video games and visual effects industries, which has led to wholesale reforms of the school ICT and computing curriculum in England, and the Manifesto for the Creative Economy, which sets out ten recommendations by which governments can help the creative economy grow.
Anita Bhalla OBE
Creative City Partnership

Anita is currently Chair of the Creative City Partnership, Director of Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership), Non-Executive Director Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Chair of Performances Birmingham PLC (Town Hall and Symphony Hall). Anita’s media career has been extensive including over 25 years with the BBC, from setting up the BBC Asian Network to being Head of Political and Community Affairs in England then Head and Editor of Public Space Broadcasting and President of Circom.
Professor Rachel Cooper
Professor of Design Management
Lancaster University

Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University, where she is also Chair of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and co-Director of ImaginationLancaster – an open and exploratory design-led research centre, conducting research into people, products, places and their interactions. Professor Cooper’s research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, she has a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. 
Neil Crockett
Digital Catapult

As CEO of the Digital Catapult, Neil is tasked with driving the Digital Catapult’s rapid growth and delivering its ambitious vision. Heading up a 50 strong team, Neil’s focus is on helping to bring great new digital ideas to market and ultimately to help boost the UK GDP and make the UK a better place to live through digital innovation. Neil joined the Digital Catapult after 14 years at Cisco, where he held a number of high profile roles and most recently led the company’s Olympic Sponsorship campaign. He has also worked at Arthur Anderson, Rank Xerox, Compaq and Husky Computers. Originally from Belfast, Neil now lives in Stratford-upon-Avon. He has a degree in Political Science from Newcastle University.
Dr David Docherty
CEO, National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)
Chair, Digital Television Group (DTG)

David 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, and has been Chief Executive of two television and interactive media companies. David’s other activities include serving on the Steering Groups of DESCRIBE, The Future of Innovation in Television Technology Taskforce (FITT), and Going Global 2013, and serving on the Panels of REF 2014 and the Space Advisory Panel.
Professor Georgina Follett
Deputy Principal for Knowledge Exchange
University of Dundee

Professor Georgina Follett is a Deputy Principal for Knowledge Exchange in the Creative Arts, at the University of Dundee, seconded (2008-2011) to the V&A at Dundee to articulate both the case for and to identify the programming content.

She is Principal-Investigator/Director of one of the four Knowledge Exchange Hubs funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council called Design in Action.
Dr Cathy Garner
Strategic Director
London Creative and Digital Fusion

Dr Cathy Garner is an expert in innovation. She specialises in innovation in cities and communities and university-business partnerships for knowledge exchange. She is currently Strategic Director of London Creative and Digital Fusion and an Advisory Board Member of Lancaster University Management School. She is a Non-Executive Director on the Group Board of Places for People and Chair of Castlerock Edinvar Housing Association in Edinburgh. She is a member of the Standing Selection and Monitoring Committees for the National Centres of Excellence of Canada and a Trustee of the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) in Geneva.
John Mathers
Design Council

My role as CEO of Design Council is to lead it into the next chapter of our rich history that dates back to 1944. We champion great design to improve peoples’ lives. Our work places design at the heart of creating value by stimulating innovation in business and public services. We also use design to improve our built environment and tackle complex social issues such as ageing and obesity. We inspire new design thinking, encourage public debate and inform government policy to improve everyday life helping to meet tomorrow’s challenges today.
John Newbigin
Creative England

John Newbigin is Chairman of Creative England and of Cinema Arts Network. As Special Advisor to the Minister for Culture, Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, he was closely involved in developing the UK government’s first policies for the creative industries in the 1990s. He was Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4 Television and executive assistant to Lord Puttnam as the Chairman of the film company Enigma Productions Ltd. As a policy advisor to the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon Neil Kinnock, MP, he had responsibility for environmental and cultural issues, amongst others. 
Professor Rick Rylance
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Before taking up the post of AHRC Chief Executive, Rick Rylance was Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literatures at the University of Exeter. Prior to moving to Exeter in 2003 he was Dean of Arts and Letters at the then Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge which he left as Dean of Arts and Letters. Before taking up the post of AHRC Chief Executive, Rick Rylance was Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literatures at the University of Exeter. Prior to moving to Exeter in 2003 he was Dean of Arts and Letters at the then Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge which he left as Dean of Arts and Letters.
Professor Evelyn Welch
Vice-Principal for Arts & Sciences
King's College London
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