People

Brighton Fuse is an arts and digital media research and development project involving people from government, funding organisations, higher education, skills training, and business development, as well as entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Hasan Bakhshi

Hasan Bakhshi is Director, Creative Industries in NESTA’s Policy & Research Unit. He is an  economist, having previously worked in senior positions at Lehman Brothers, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the Bank of England. He has published widely on technology and economic growth and on the economics of the creative industries. Hasan is also Research Fellow at the Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology.

Tony Beckwith

Tony Beckwith is Studio Head, Gobo Games.  Tony is a veteran game developer with over 30 years of experience in the video game industry in both publishing and development. Tony has worked on hundreds of video game titles spanning this period – working at large companies like Acclaim, The Walt Disney Company, British Telecom and The Mirror Group – as well as small cutting edge developers such as Probe Entertainment, Climax Racing and Gobo Games. Tony co-founded Climax Racing in 1999 which was acquired by Disney in 2006 and renamed to Black Rock Studio.

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Anne Boddington

Anne Boddington is Dean of the Faculty of Arts at University of Brighton. She is an architect and cultural geographer, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has particular experience of academic research and leadership in higher education in relation to the creative and cultural industries.

Ross Breadmore

Ross Breadmore has been with NixonMcInnes since July 2009 and since then has helped build whole new teams, trained hundreds of people, and spoke at a handsome list of events about everything from the ‘future of Facebook’ to ‘crowd behaviour’. Ross is helping the Brighton Fuse researchers communicate more effectively using social media.

Jim Byford

Jim Byford has been working with innovative digital media projects for 16 years. He’s advised on strategy and delivered content to many organisations including AOL, Bank of America, BBC, BP, Channel 4, Creative Partnerships, Culture24, Daily Mirror, DCMS, EMI, Eurostar, The Independent, International Olympic Committee, Nokia, Ofcom, Sony, Virgin and many others to the present day.
He recently completed an MA in Applied Imagination at Central Saint Martins and is particularly interested in emerging learning models supported by digital technologies. Jim is also a researcher for Brighton Fuse.

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Roberto Camerani

Roberto Camerani is a Research Fellow and Associate Tutor at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex. He has an MA in Economics, an MSc in Innovation and Industry Analysis, and he recently submitted his DPhil in Science and Technology Policy at SPRU. His main research interests include the adoption and diffusion of consumer digital technologies, and the innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital and creative industries.

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Dr Alan Cawson

Alan Cawson is Technical Director of Plenty Productions, a community organisation facilitating high quality, community-based arts and media projects. He was previously Professor of Digital Media at the University of Sussex, and was a founder board member of Wired Sussex. He has published extensively on new media, communication technologies and innovation.

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Dr Alex Coad

Alex Coad is a Senior Research Fellow in the Science &Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. He has a PhD in Economics and Management, and has published widely in academic journals, his main research interests being organisation performance, business strategy, and industrial dynamics.

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Dr Adam Cooper

Adam Cooper is Head of Research at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

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David Docherty

David Docherty is Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business, and Chairman of the Digital Television Group (DTG).
He was the first BBC Director of New Media and he led cable company Telewest’s (now Virgin’s) drive into broadband content and services. He writes regularly for the national press on media and technology issues and is the author of six books.

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Dr Beatriz García

Beatriz García is Head of Research at the Institute of Cultural Capital, University of Liverpool and Director of Impacts 08, a research programme dedicated to capturing the social, cultural and economic impacts of the European Capital of Culture. She is also head of the team evaluating the cultural impact of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and editor of Culture @ the Olympics magazine.

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Greg Hadfield

Greg Hadfield was the first national newspaper journalist to leave Fleet Street for the internet in the mid-1990s. He is a three-times winner in the British Press Awards and a former news editor of The Sunday Times. He created Soccernet, the world’s most popular football website, in 1995; and later Schoolsnet. Most recently, he was head of digital development and Telegraph Media Group, before moving to become director of strategic projects at Cogapp, a leading digital agency. After leaving Cogapp to organise the UK’s first Open-data Cities Conference in April 2012, he is now raising funds for a new digital venture based on semantic web technologies.

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Nick Hibberd

Nick Hibberd is Head of City Regeneration at Brighton & Hove City Council. He leads the City Regeneration Unit which brings together services which promote the economic, housing, regeneration, and environmental priorities of the city and the wider city region. Nick is currently leading the Greater Brighton City Region’s bid to government for a City Deal which will include proposals to further develop Brighton & Hove’s New England Quarter as a Growth Hub for the city’s thriving creative, digital and IT cluster.

Helen Jay

Helen Jay is Public Affairs Manager at Channel 4, where she works on a wide range of policy, public affairs and corporate communications projects. This has included work on Channel 4’s impact on the creative economy and its support for emerging digital businesses. Prior to Channel 4 she worked in the policy department of trade association Pact, liaising with television and digital companies from across the UK’s independent production sector. Helen has a background in social science research and holds an MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics.

Rowena James

Rowena James is Future Talent Manager, at BSkyB, with lead responsibility for implementation of Sky’s youth employment and experience strategy.  Priorities include developing a comprehensive programme of events to engage, nurture and develop future talent within Sky, strengthening links with external partners locally and nationally and support the innovation and diversity agenda across the company.  Prior to this she was European L&D Manager at The Walt Disney Company where she lead the delivery of pan European engagement and talent operations.  Before joining Disney she was in generalist HR with JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank.  @rowena_james

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Phil Jones

Phil Jones is Managing Director of Wired Sussex. Prior to Wired Sussex, Phil was worldwide managing director of the Extreme portfolio of media businesses. Phil has also served on the boards of MTV, started Atomic Media in partnership with Bob Geldof and worked in a strategy position for News Corporation. He is an alumnus of the University of Sussex, has advised the European Union on multiplatform content strategy and is on currently on the board of Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

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Rob Keegan

Rob Keegan is Portfolio Manager in the Knowledge Exchange Team at the AHRC and is the case officer for the  Brighton Fuse project. The role also involves managing the AHRC’s dedicated Knowledge Exchange schemes such as Follow-on Funding and Fellowships as well as KTPs and he is looking forward to working with the newly established AHRC KE Hubs  for the Creative Economy. Having  previously set up and  managed the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme he  is  a keen advocate of knowledge exchange, partnership working  and collaboration in all its forms.

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Anthony Lilley

Anthony Lilley is Chief Creative Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Lantern. He is a BAFTA award winning interactive media producer. His portfolio includes Top Gear, Doctor Who, Teletubbies, and The Guardian. He is a member of the OFCOM Content Board, advises Arts Council England, sits on the board of English National Opera and has recently been appointed to be a Gambling Commissioner. He has an OBE for services to the media and creative industries.

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Juan Mateos-Garcia

Juan Mateos-Garcia is a visiting Research Fellow at University of Brighton CENTRIM and Creative Industries Research Fellow of NESTA. His research interests include best practice in creative video game production, and user-centric innovation. He is a researcher for Brighton Fuse.

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Professor Steven Miles

Steve Miles is Faculty Director of Postgraduate Studies at University of Brighton. He was previously part of Impacts 08, the research programme designed to assess the social, cultural and economic impacts of European Capital of Culture, and was Head of Research at the Centre for Cultural Policy & Management at Northumbria University. He has a particular interest in cultural investment for regeneration.

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Anne Morrison

Anne Morrison is Director of the BBC Academy, and previously ran the BBC’s Network Supply Review to grow TV production in the nations. Anne has a background as a TV producer and was BBC Controller, Documentaries and Contemporary Factual, overseeing programmes including The Secret Policeman, Whistleblower, What Not To Wear, and Top Gear.

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Dr Paul Nightingale

Paul Nightingale is Deputy Director of SPRU, the science and technology research unit at University of Sussex. He has a background as a research chemist but moved towards bioinformatics, risk management and financial innovation. His particular research interests include science, technology and innovation policy and innovation in complex, software intensive capital products.

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Nick Powell

Nick Powell is founder and CEO of Ricochet Television, one of Britain’s leading independent television production companies, producing high quality factual and entertainment programmes for major UK and US networks. His portfolio includes Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts and Cowboy Builders.

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Jon Pratty

Jon Pratty is Relationship Manager, Creative Media, at Arts Council England, South East. His work is a mix of regional and national tasks; recent South East work included initiation and strategic development of Brighton Digital Festival. Nationally Jon was part of the technical team advising on development of The Space, the Arts Council England/BBC partnership project. He’s currently part of a new ACE working group on creative technology opportunities for young people. A former Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times journalist, from 2001 to 2007 Jon led editorial, digital and design development of the Culture24 website, and more recently managed and redeveloped the Disability Arts Online website, funded by Arts Council England..

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Fernanda Puppato

Fernanda is an economist who specialises in development economics and innovation policy. She has held a variety of consulting roles in international organisations such as the United Nations-ECLAC and the Inter-American Development Bank. Her areas of expertise include science and technology for development as well as projects’ identification, design and evaluation.
Her research interests include: technology and trade in developing countries, assessment of science and technology policies, creative clusters and networks analysis and applied econometrics.

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Professor Rick Rylance

Rick Rylance is CEO of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and Chair of the Research Council UK (RCUK) executive group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Rick was previously Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literatures at the University of Exeter, and Dean of Arts and Letters at Anglia Polytechnic University. His research interests include modern intellectual and literary history, and the psychology of reading.

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Dr Jonathan Sapsed

Dr Jonathan Sapsed is Academic Director of the Brighton Fuse project. He is a Principal Research Fellow at CENTRIM in University of Brighton’s Business School and was an Innovation Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM). He has researched creativity and innovation in digital creative firms in Silicon Valley in the US, UK video games developers, as well as companies such as Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and QinetiQ. His research is published in journals such as Research Policy and Organization Studies and he is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Creative Industries.

Dr Emma Wakelin

Emma has worked at the AHRC since 2000, and has been Associate Director of Programmes there since 2005. Emma has spent several years overseeing the development of the AHRC’s postgraduate funding provision. In addition to this, she currently also oversees the work of its Creative and Performing Arts team and its Languages and Literature team, is helping develop its new focus on the Creative Economy, and works with colleagues from other Research Councils on the joint Digital Economy programme.

Before joining the AHRC, Emma spent five years working as an editor on the revised edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, which was published by Macmillan in 2000. During this time, she also completed her doctorate in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Georgina Voss

Georgina Voss is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton. Her research interests include user-led design and innovation; business and technology ethics; practices in the creative and cultural industries; and gender and sexuality. She also holds visiting and teaching positions with the Science and Technology Studies Department at UCL, and Sussex University, and has previously worked as a Research Manager at Tinker London.