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Principal Investigator:

Prof. Feng Liis Chair of E-Business Development at Newcastle University Business School, and his research has centrally focused on using information and communications technologies to facilitate the development of new strategies, business models, and organizational designs in a variety of sectors.  He has worked closes with organisations in banking, telecommunications, the creative industries, car manufacturing, retailing, electronics and the public sectors through research, consultancy and executive development programmes. 

As the Director of Engagement for the Business School and Science City, he manages the interface between the Business School with the Science City science themes and with industries; and coordinates the activities of the Professors of Practice. 

As a Council Member of the British Academy of Management (BAM), Feng has been the Chair of the BAM E-Business & E-Government Special Interest Group and the Track chair for e-Business and e-Government at BAM annual conferences.  He serves as Guest Editors and is on the Editorial Boards of several international journals and conference committees. His research on Internet Banking Strategies and Business Models, and on the evolving Telecommunications Value Networks and Pricing Models have been extensively reported by the media.  His latest books include What is e-Business? How the Internet Transforms Organizations, Blackwell (Oxford); and Social Implications and Challenges of e-Business, Information Science Reference, Hershey (USA), both published in 2007. Further information about Feng is available at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/nubs/staff/profile/feng.li.

Email: feng.li@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)191 222 7976


Joanna Berry is currently Academic Director of the Executive MBA programme in Newcastle University Business School. She teaches Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Management Consultancy and Strategic Marketing. Her PhD thesis is investigating new and emergent business models within the music industry as a result of the changing nature of value and the impact of technological innovations. As part of her research she is communications director for a London based record label. Before completing her MBA in 2002-2003 Joanna had started and run a number of commercial creative companies including most recently an international award winning interactive content production company. She got her first degree in Law from St. Anne’s College Oxford University, and since then her commercial career has covered advertising, publishing, broadcast and music.

Email: joanna.berry@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)191 243 0840 

Sally Jane Norman is a cultural theorist/ practitioner whose research is focused on new media and technology. Holder of a Doctorat d'état (Paris III), her publications include studies commissioned by UNESCO, the French Ministry of Culture, and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique. In the nineties she directed the Louvre’s prestigious international “New Images” conference, was artistic co-director of the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (Amsterdam), and coordinated EU Framework projects at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe). As Director General of the Ecole supérieure de l'image (Angoulême/ Poitiers), she negotiated a multi-million euro pluri-annual partnership to ensure infrastructure and staff capacity building, and launched a pioneering practice-led Digital Arts PhD programme. In Newcastle since September 2004, she piloted Culture Lab's SRIF-funded capital project (£4M) and develops its research profile at regional, national and international levels, steering a fast-growing PhD cohort and serving as founder member of the AHRC Knowledge Transfer Peer Review panel.  Sally Jane leads Newcastle input to a Sixth Framework Interactive Storytelling project and was Principal Investigator on an AHRC-EPSRC e-science project. She publishes and lectures widely and has ensured advisory activities for government research funding bodies in countries including France, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Portugal, with particular focus on interdisciplinary creative research and new media.

Email: s.j.norman@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 246 4646

David Butler is the Coordinator of LifeWorkArt ­ a professional development programme for BA and MFA students at Newcastle University Fine Art Department. He has established an MA in Art & Enterprise at Newcastle University (begins autumn 2008) supporting freelance practice in the Cultural Sector. As Director of Engagement for the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University he develops projects with partners outside the university ­ for example he is part of an initiative between Universities for the North East, Northern Cultural Skills Partnership, Arts Council England North East and various arts organisations to develop a regional strategy for development of higher level skills in the cultural sector. He recently co-edited Art of Negotiation (pub Cornerhouse 2007) which examines participatory and social art practice in England.

Email: David.butl@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)191 222 6051
Website: http://lifeworkart@ncl.ac.uk

Researcher/Project Manager:

Danielly Netto has recently graduated with a Msc in Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise Management from Newcastle University Business School. She is originally from Brazil and has lived in Canada and the Caribbean. She came to Newcastle to pursue her postgraduate studies and it was at Newcastle University that her interest in the creative industries began. She produces electronica and experimental music in her home studio and is currently working on a variety of projects in the Creative Industries.

Email: Danielly.netto@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)191 243 0837

Project Secretary:

Amanda Lane joined the university in July 1990 and worked in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies until December 2006. Since January 2007, Amanda now supports the research activities within the Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise research centre based at City Wall, Citygate.

Email: a.j.lane@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)191 243 0773

External Partner:

NCSP Is a membership based organisation with 1600 members. These are individuals, micro and SME’s, larger arts and cultural heritage organisations, support agencies and networks working across the arts and cultural heritage sectors in the north east of England. Our membership grows by an average of 240 per year.

Our membership services include Information Advice and Guidance, a bursary programme for continuing professional development, a mentoring programme that includes capacity building for mentors, a matching service and resources to support mentor costs, a trainee programme through which 30 trainees annually are placed in 12 of the region’s key companies.

We provide intelligence based advocacy on behalf of the sector to Business Link, the LSC, the RDA, HE and FE and devise and implement bespoke programmes on behalf of partners (currently our portfolio includes design and delivery of a continuing professional development programme for the region’s Local Authority arts staff, delivery of a cultural diversity mentoring programme for ACE NE,  design of a mentoring programme for Helix Arts (a commissioning body for artists working in public sector contexts), and brokering a framework for collaboration between HE and the region’s participatory arts sector to inform the development of Train2Gain.

We lead the development of the region’s cultural sector skills action plan, bringing together ACENE, MLANE, English Heritage and the NE Museums Hub to monitor progress and provide a framework for the on-going development of the action plan. We lead the region’s cultural sector Workforce Development Forum which brings together employers and skills providers in HE, FE and the private sector, the LSC, Business Link, Association of North East Councils, Culture North East, RDA, ACENE, MLANE, English Heritage and the NE Museums Hub to build cross sector awareness of skills priorities and opportunities.

We are currently developing a memorandum of understanding for joint work in the region with CCSkills.

Judy Seymour, NCSP Director

Has managed and led the following research commissions:

  • The role of the cultural sector in the delivery of LSC objectives (04)
  • LMI to inform the development of the sector’s skills action plan (04)
  • Skills priorities and skills gaps: regional consultation with employers and freelancers to inform the development of the sector’s skills action plan (05)
  • Brokerage: regional consultation and action plan to enable the cultural sector to engage with Business Link (06)
  • Brokerage: pilot project to follow up recommendations from the brokerage consultation (06 and on-going)
  • Research into skills for festivals and events (on behalf of the regional development agency and Culture 10). On-going.

Judy is a Director of Creative People, the national network for CPD for artists and craftspeople, a member of the Advisory Group for the Newcastle/Gateshead Arts Forum Cultural Leadership Programme, and a member of the Advisory group for Reflect, the national co-mentoring programme being delivered by SageGateshead on behalf of Creative Partnerships.

Email: judy@ncsp.co.uk
Telephone : +44 (0)191 233 3860