Centre Strategy Board

Strategic and scientific direction is the responsibility of, and ensured by a Centre Strategy Board (CSB), with an independent, non-executive chair, and membership including senior representatives from key policy and practice partners in public health (e.g. Public Health England, local government, voluntary and community sectors), and four independent scientific advisors from the UK and overseas. The board is attended by the director, deputy directors, associate directors at the five north east universities, and leaders of Fuse’s six research programmes. Our funders’ liaison officer from MRC is also invited as an observer:

Membership of the Centre Strategy Board

  • Professor Peter Kelly (Chair) (Local Government public health representative)
    OHID Regional Director and NHS Director of Public Health – North East & Yorkshire
    Office for Health Improvement & Disparities, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Professor Roland Bal (International Scientific Advisor)
    Professor of Health Governance
    Institute of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • Dr Amanda Purington (International Scientific Advisor)
    Director of Evaluation and Research, ACT for Youth
    Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University, NY
  • Professor Kate Hunt
    National Adviser
    University of Stirling

  • Professor Edward Kunonga
    Consultant in Public Health
    County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Clare Bambra (Newcastle), Programme Lead (Health Inequalities)
    Professor of Public Health
    Newcastle University

  • Professor Susan Carr (Northumbria) Associate Director 
    Professor of Public Health Research 
    Northumbria University

  • Dr Floor Christie-de Jong (Sunderland) Associate Director
    Associate Professor in Public Health for Medicine
    University of Sunderland

  • Professor Charlotte Clarke
    Executive Dean, Social Sciences and Health
    Durham University

  • Dr Sonia Dalkin (Northumbria), Programme Lead (Healthy Ageing)
    Senior Lecturer
    Northumbria University
  • Dr Peter van der Graaf (Northumbria), Associate Director and Programme Lead (Translational Research)
    AskFuse Research Manager
    Northumbria University
  • Professor Eileen Kaner (Newcastle), Associate Director
    Professor of Public Health & Primary Care
    Newcastle University

  • Professor Amelia Lake (Teesside), Associate Director
    Reader in Public Health Nutrition
    Teesside University

  • Professor Sheena Ramsay (Newcastle), Director
    Professor in Public Health and Epidemiology
    Newcastle University

  • Ms Agata Robertson (Newcastle), Centre Manager 
    Population Health Sciences Institute
    Newcastle University
  • Professor Carolyn Summerbell (Durham), Deputy Director
    Professor of Human Nutrition, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Durham University