The Fuse Manifesto Speakers

The Fuse Manifesto Speakers

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Speakers at the Fuse Manifesto event, part of UK Fuse

Event Chair
Anne Morrison

Anne Morrison is the chair of BAFTA, the leading charity in the UK supporting, developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image. It celebrates excellence through its awards ceremonies and stages over 250 events a year, sharing insights from the best practitioners in film, television and games. She is the second woman to chair the Academy in its 67 year history.

Until 2014 she was Director of the BBC Academy which she launched in 2009.
Simon Bolton
Associate Dean (Applied Research and Enterprise) and Co-Director, Design Business Innovation Research Lab
Birmingham City University

Professor Simon Bolton graduated from the Royal College of Art and has a PhD from the Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an internationally acclaimed designer, researcher, author and innovation consultant. Simon is also Associate Dean for Applied Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University in the UK.
Gaynor Cheshire 
Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA)

Gaynor is the Principal of Birmingham Ormiston Academy, a 14-19 Academy, specialising in Creative, Digital and Performing arts. In the late 70’s and early 80’s she worked as a dancer, performing in a variety of films and projects. In the mid 80’s, having completed her dance degree, she moved into education. Initially as a dance teacher, then Head of Performing Arts, before becoming Deputy Head of a large specialist arts college in Birmingham and subsequently, Headteacher of an arts school in Cheltenham.
Jamie Coleman
Managing Director

Dr Jamie Coleman is Managing Director of CodeBase, the UK's largest tech incubator with companies such as Kotikan, Rightscale, Cloudsoft and Float.  He is also currently founder and Director of the Turing Festival; a Board member of The Edinburgh International Festival; Chief Executive of GlycoSys, an open medicine technology company and a Board Member of ScotlandIS, the Software Trade Body in Scotland. Jamie began his career in Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetic Pregnancy. He has been involved for many years in biotechnology and commercialisation within the Life Sciences. 
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.

Fred Deakin
Chair of Interactive Digital Art
University of the Arts London

Fred runs the collaborative organisation Fred & Company, which specialises in interactive art and educational projects. As half of the band Lemon Jelly with Nick Franglen, he has been Mercury and Brit nominated, sold over half a million albums, headlined stages at almost every major UK music festival. Previously he was founder and director of ground-breaking London design agency Airside with Nat Hunter and Alex MacLean, which won and was nominated for two BAFTAs.
David Dunn
Sunderland Software City

Responsible for the overall strategy and direction of Sunderland Software City, David’s responsibilities include the strategic co-ordination of client facing services; new project development including working with end users to design and procure innovative products and services; and developing and executing inward investment strategies.

Before moving to SSC, David spent over three years in a variety of senior executive roles within Regional Development Agency One North East. 
David Furmage
Development Consultant
Digital & Creative Industries

David is a Policy, Strategy & European specialist working across technology & innovation with a core focus around creative industries, digital media, ICT & business growth. For the past three years he has been leading Cluster 2020, part of the European Creative Industries Alliance ‘concrete actions’, testing next-generation business support and developing policies to fully integrate the value of the creative sector into regional and national policymaking. David is a bid-writer and continues to shoot videos and develop web content for a number of clients.
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.
Rowena Goldman
Head of Clusters and Communities
Digital Catapult

Rowena is Head of Clusters and Communities at the Digital Catapult, a national centre to rapidly accelerate the UK’s best digital ideas to market to create new products, services and jobs and value for the UK economy. The focus is on data and metadata in the data value chain, specifically, helping UK businesses unlock new value from proprietary data in faster, better and more trusted ways. The Digital Catapult Centre in London was launched in November 2104 and is an exciting new space for technologists, creatives , businesses and academia to showcase their products, connect and collaborate. 
Phil Jones
Managing Director
Wired Sussex

Phil is Managing Director of Brighton-based digital, media and technology support business Wired Sussex. Wired Sussex works with over 2,000 companies from TV producers to games developers to web designers helping them create, innovate and grow. Phil was a key partner in the Brighton Fuse research projects and Wired Sussex runs and manages The FuseBox. Prior to Wired Sussex, Phil was worldwide managing director of the Extreme portfolio of media businesses, which he took from a small TV company to an international media brand including 5 TV channels, an online business and a music arm.
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.
Mary McKenna
Entrepreneur in Residence
Northern Ireland Science Park

Mary McKenna is a Northern Irish technology entrepreneur and angel investor. She co-founded and built successful online learning company Learning Pool on the back of a long public sector career, growing an online community of 1m learners along the way. Mary is interested in helping start and grow indigenous UK tech companies. She is a trustee of the London based charity, Social Care Institute for Excellence, she’s one of the Entrepreneurs in Residence at the Northern Ireland Science Park and she’s been Chairman of Northern Ireland’s Digital Circle since 2010, representing the digital content industry.
Simon Morris
Client Services Director
Bareface Media

Simon is the Managing Director of Bareface Media, he has 15 years experience in digital marketing and advertising. He has worked with clients such as Bic, Mercedes-Benz, Mars and Hasbro to name a few. Simon founded Bareface Media in 2008 and has grown it into a full service agency with offices in Birmingham, London and is in the process of opening an office in New York. The agency has been recognised for the quality of its work and has won several awards; the most recent being The Birmingham Post Business Award for Technology. His passion for technology has been incorporated into every aspect of the agency, this has seen innovations in the field of medical data and its impact on product development and marketing.
Paul Osbaldeston
Senior Business Development Manager - Digital Media
Welsh Government

Paul Osbaldeston looks after the Digital Media specialism within the Creative Industries sector team at Welsh Government. He spent several years as Operations Director for Sequence, Wales' largest Digital Agency, during which time he delivered several government web applications including an agile precursor to GDS - Contracts Finder, in 2011. His background is in telecoms where he spent several years at Cable & Wireless in Product Management and business development. He lives in Cardiff with his family where they enjoy the local mountain bike trails, hills and coast. He is on @paulosbaldeston.
Naveed Parvez

Naveed Parvez is Founder and CEO of Andiamo. Has worked almost exclusively in disruptive startups both in the public and private sectors. His background is in tech, operations, and project management for organisations like the National Health Service and Tesco. Combined with his experience as a parent of a severely disabled child led to Andiamo. As Founder/CEO he leads strategic direction and execution.
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.
Jonathan Sapsed
Academic Director
Brighton Fuse

Dr Jonathan Sapsed is Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) at the University of Brighton, where he is Academic Director of the Brighton Fuse project.  Jonathan has researched creativity and innovation in digital firms in Silicon Valley in the US, as well as companies such as Disney, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and QinetiQ. His research is published in journals such as Research Policy and Organization Studies. In his spare time Jonathan is a comics writer and enjoys drawing on his iPad.
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