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Agnieszka Moody
Agnieszka Moody

Director, Creative Europe Desk UK

Agnieszka Moody is the Director of Creative Europe Desk UK. She is based at the BFI (British Film Institute) in London.

Previously the director of MEDIA Desk UK, Agnieszka has helped over 400 British companies to secure funding for their projects from the EU and also organised a range of industry events and conferences promoting international cooperation.

A graduate of the Film Production Department of the renowned Polish National Film and Television School in Lodz, she has worked on several feature films including Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.

e: england@mediadeskuk.eu

Alberto Valverde

MEDIA Officer, Creative Europe Desk UK – Scotland

Based at the Creative Scotland office in Edinburgh, Alberto is responsible for promoting and facilitating Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme in Scotland. 

Born in Spain, Alberto holds a degree in Journalism and postgraduate studies in European Politics and Cultural Policy, specialising in the Creative Europe programme. Prior to this role, Alberto worked for Scottish Government communications and Iberodocs Documentary Festival. Alberto is a film programmer at Cinemaattic collective, an organisation that specialises in pop up film screenings, underground events and retrospectives of Spanish and Latin American cinema in the UK. A short-film advocate, he is a film consultant for a range of festivals and helps organise CICAE's Art + Cinema = Action Management seminar in the context of Venice Biennale.

Get in touch with Alberto if you are an audiovisiual professional based in Scotland with questions about Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme.

e: alberto.valverde@creativescotland.com   t: +44 (0)141 302 1773

Christoph Jankowski
Christoph Jankowski

Head of Culture of Creative Europe Desk UK – England, and Culture Advisor, UK

Christoph Jankowski is Head of Culture of Creative Europe Desk UK – England, and Culture Advisor for the UK, and is based at the British Council in London. 

Christoph managed the UK Cultural Contact Point for the European Commission’s Culture programme from 2010 to 2013. He has considerable knowledge and experience of European arts and cultural projects and networks, the European Union, and European funding. He has worked with several EU-funded projects, including IN SITU, the European network for performing arts in public spaces, and has worked extensively on cultural policy at national and European level. He speaks several languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and some Danish) and is also a freelance writer/researcher. Among other topics he has written about cultural development in Marseille and the city’s successful bid for European Capital of Culture in 2013.

e: creative.europe@britishcouncil.org   t: +44 (0) 207 389 3089

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Esther Routledge

Culture Coordinator, Creative Europe Desk UK – England

Esther is the Culture Coordinator for Creative Europe Desk - England and is based in the British Council Manchester office. 

She is responsible for supporting the Creative Europe Desk UK - England Culture team to deliver an advice service to English cultural organisations wishing to apply for Creative Europe funding. She assists with the set up and delivery of seminars and workshops, manage the team's email and phone enquiries, processes data and finance requests and other administrative duties. 

Esther joins the Creative Europe Desk from the Cultural Protection Fund where she worked as Operations Assistant on arts projects in conflict affected areas of the Middle East and North Africa. Outside of work she volunteers as choir leader of SHE Choir, a cooperative singing group for self-identifying women, which she has seen grow from its Manchester roots into a network of eight choirs across the world with key groups in Germany. She often delivers workshops and retreats in the UK and Germany. 

Contact Esther if you have general enquiries about the Creative Europe Culture sub-programme and events in England.

e: esther.routledge@britishcouncil.org  t: +44 (0) 161 957 7082

Francesca Walker
Francesca Walker

Head of MEDIA, Creative Europe Desk UK – England

Francesca Walker is based at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London and responsible for promoting and facilitating Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme within England. 

Prior to this role, Francesca spent two years co-ordinating a range of industry programming initiatives at the Toronto International Film Festival and worked as a filming advisor at Film London, facilitating international productions by maintaining relationships with popular filming locations across the capital.

Get in touch with Francesca if you are an audiovisiual professional based in England with questions about Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme.

e: england@mediadeskuk.eu   t: +44 (0) 20 7173 3221

Judy Wasdell
Judy Wasdell

MEDIA Manager, Creative Europe Desk UK – Wales

Judy Wasdell is responsible for promoting and facilitating Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme within Wales. She is  MEDIA Manager at Creative Europe Desk UK - Wales, part of the Welsh Government’s Creative Industries Sector. 

Judy began her career working in film distribution for United International Pictures before taking up a role with Richard Attenborough Productions where she remained for nearly 20 years as production associate and post-production supervisor. After working for Alan Yentob (Director of Drama, Entertainment, Children’s, BBC Film and Talent) at the BBC, Judy joined MEDIA Antenna Wales in 2009.  

Get in touch with Judy if you are an audiovisiual professional based in Wales with questions about Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme.

e: judy.wasdell@gov.wales  t: +44 (0) 7554 434034

Kate Deans
Kate Deans

Culture Officer, Creative Europe Desk UK – Scotland

Kate Deans is based at Creative Scotland in Edinburgh and is responsible for promoting and facilitating Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme within Scotland. Originally from the Orkney Islands, she is keen to support the creative and cultural sector across the whole of Scotland and strengthen their European relationships by raising awareness of Creative Europe. 

Kate has worked within a variety of roles in event delivery, fundraising and programming, and has worked for a number of Edinburgh’s festivals. She also worked as Programme Coordinator on the Momentum programme, a cultural diplomacy partnership between British Council, Creative Scotland and Festivals Edinburgh in 2012 and 2013. She speaks several languages (English, French, German, Norwegian and some Spanish and Arabic), and has lived and worked in Germany and Brussels, where she was a trainee within the Directorate-General for Communications at the European Parliament. 

Get in touch with Kate if you are an arts, culture, publishing or heritage professional based in Scotland with questions about Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme, including Cooperation Projects.

e: kate.deans@creativescotland.com  t: +44 (0) 131 523 0072

Katie James

Culture Manager, Creative Europe Desk UK – Wales

Katie is responsible for promoting and facilitating Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme in Wales. She works three days a week as Culture Manager at Creative Europe Desk UK - Wales, which is hosted by the Welsh Government’s Creative Industries Sector. 

Having worked across a number of public sector organisations, she has extensive experience of providing funding advice and information and support to applicants across Wales. She has been at the Arts Council of Wales for six years with split roles as Funding Coordinator and Business Support Officer. Katie continues to work part time at the Arts Council for the Lottery Capital Programme. Providing advice and guidance to a number of arts and creative organisations across Wales from application through to post funding support to projects on the ground, to ensure arts organisations have the best facilities to enable them to fulfil their potential, increase their resilience, and support the highest quality Arts and Creativity in Wales.

Get in touch with Katie if you are an arts, culture, publishingor heritage professional based in Wales with questions about Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme, including Cooperation Projects.

e: Katie.James005@gov.wales   t: +44 (0) 2920 444 206

Nicole Davis

Promotions Coordinator, Creative Europe Desk UK – England

Nicole Davis is the Promotions Coordinator for Creative Europe Desk UK, and is based at the British Film Institute in London. She is responsible for communicating the funding opportunities available in the MEDIA sub-programme through website updates, social media channels and newsletters.

Prior to this, Nicole was a Digital Marketing Coordinator for the BFI, and has previously worked at an International Sales Agent, a VFX studio and a video-on-demand start-up. 

Contact Nicole for digital communications related enquiries. 

e: nicole.davis@bfi.org.uk   t: +44 (0)2079574742

 

Sophie Hayles

Manager, Creative Europe Desk UK - Northern Ireland

Based at the British Council in Belfast, Sophie is responsible for promoting and facilitating both Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme and Culture sub-programme within Northern Ireland.

Sophie is an experienced arts professional in the public and private sectors – as a project director, relationship manager, strategist and fundraiser. Before joining the Desk Sophie worked as an Associate with Counterculture Partnership LLP, a UK-based consultancy that supports cultural, creative and not for profit organisations to plan, manage and thrive. Previous roles have also incuded Strategic Development Manager at Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture, Strategic Relations Manager at the Whitechapel Gallery and Project Consultant for the British Council’s global arts initiative Cultural Leadership International. She began her career as Arts Manager with the British Council in Brussels, and setting up the private visual arts organization ROLLO Contemporary Art. She speaks French and Italian as well as some German and Danish.

Get in touch with Sophie if you are:

  • an arts, culture, publishing or heritage professional based in Northern Ireland with questions about Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme, including Cooperation Projects 
  • an audiovisiual professional based in Northern Ireland with questions about Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme.

e: sophie.hayles@britishcouncil.org   t: +44 (0) 2890 192 232

Stephanie Grant
Stephanie Grant

Culture Manager, Creative Europe Desk UK – England

Stephanie Grant is Culture Manager for England at Creative Europe Desk UK and is based between the British Council and the Arts Council England offices in Manchester. Stephanie arranges information seminars and events throughout England, supports programme applicants and shares her experience of project development and international collaboration.

Stephanie has diverse experience in the arts and culture sector, starting out in the music industry over 15 years ago. She has previously worked as a Relationship Manager at Arts Council England and most recently as a freelance development consultant for arts organisations. Stephanie is a singer songwriter and has taken part in a number of international collaboration projects both as a musical collaborator and project manager. 

Get in touch with Stephanie if you are an arts, culture, publishing or heritage professional based in England with questions about Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme, including Cooperation Projects.

e: stephanie.grant@britishcouncil.org   t: +44 (0)161 957 7026

Zoe Hardie
Zoe Hardie

Marketing and Communications Manager

Zoe Hardie is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Creative Europe Desk UK, and is based at the British Council in London. She is responsible for communicating the role and activities of Creative Europe Desk UK, including through the website, social media platforms and newsletters.

Prior to this, Zoe was the Digital Coordinator for Creative & Cultural Skills where she worked on campaigns for fairer pathways into the sector and led on delivering online creative careers guidance. 

Contact Zoe for questions related to Creative Europe Desk UK's website, publications, promotional resources, press, key messaging, social media and high-profile events. 

e: zoe.hardie@britishcouncil.org   t: +44 (0)203 285 3771