Fuse Communications Group (FCG)

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Please note that we are currently in process of updating this strategy to reflect our priorities going forward in 2016.


The ultimate aim of the Communications Group (FCG) is to maximise the impact and effectiveness of Fuse work, to raise the profile of Fuse as a Research and Knowledge Exchange Group and to use communications wisely to build a unity of purpose within Fuse, and between Fuse and its service partners.


  • To examine and recommend action on all issues relating to
    • internal communications within Fuse
    • between Fuse and its service partners
    • between Fuse and its funders
  • To have responsibility for the external relations that Fuse has with the public and with practice and policy partners through managing the variety of media through which Fuse presents its message and its research findings
  • To develop forms of communication which will share learning and help build research capacity


The Communications group is chaired by Mr Mark Welford, Fuse Communications Officer, Health & Social Care Institute, Teesside University who will provide overall leadership for communications within the Centre. 

The committee’s core membership consists of other Fuse members representing key strands of the Centre’s work, including:

  • Professor Clare Bambra
    Fuse Senior Investigator and lead of the Health Inqualities programme
    Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University

  • Professor Susan Carr
    Fuse Associate Director (Northumbria), Professor of Public Health Research
    Public Health and Wellbeing, Northumbria University

  • Dr Sonia Dalkin
    Lecturer in Public Health and Wellbeing
    Public Health and Wellbeing, Northumbria University

  • Miss Natalie Forster
    Research Associate
    Public Health and Wellbeing, Northumbria University

  • Dr Emily Henderson
    Fuse Research Associate (Complex Systems research programme)
    Centre for Public Policy & Health, Durham University

  • Dr Amelia Lake
    Reader in Public Health Nutrition
    School of Science, Engineering & Design, Teesside University
  • Mrs Laura Ritson
    Fuse Manager
    Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University

  • Mr Peter van der Graaf
    AskFuse Research Manager
    Health & Social Care Institute, Teesside University