Christmas message and farewell from Ashley

Happy Christmas and season’s greetings!

I wanted to write to you personally before I leave for adventures new in 2024.

First of all to say that it has been a tremendous privilege and pleasure to lead Fuse for the past 10 years and through to two renewals of our membership to the NIHR School for Public Health Research. Together we have achieved so much in building capacity in public health and public health research, bringing research funding to the North East and making a real difference for people living in the region and beyond. 

I have greatly appreciated the tremendous support for Fuse and friendship from you my friends and colleagues across the region and beyond at universities, in policy, practice and voluntary organisations, as well as our public partners and core Fuse team. It’s our strong partnerships and spirit of collaboration which makes us, in the North East, special. Fuse plays an important part of this so I know Sheena will be able to count on this excellent support!

Fuse goes from strength-to-strength, and I am delighted that it will soon include a sixth university with University of Cumbria joining us. I hope to continue to play a part in this supporting colleagues in Fuse and beyond, as we build a brand new NIHR funded service for public health research.   

The New Year brings a fresh chapter in the Fuse story, but I know that the Centre is in safe hands with Sheena.

Wishing you all a  peaceful Christmas break and a Happy and successful New Year.


Look out for a special podcast and blog in the New Year, in which we will be speaking to Ashley in depth about her experience of 10 years leading Fuse.


Find out more about new Fuse Director, Professor Sheena Ramsay

Last modified: Thu, 21 Dec 2023 14:10:22 GMT