Who we are
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.
MEDIA Officer, Creative Europe Desk UK – Scotland
Ben Taylor is based at Creative Scotland in Glasgow and is responsible for promoting and facilitating Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme in Scotland.
Previously Ben was Industry Coordinator at Glasgow Film Festival where he introduced the Industry Focus strand of programming, and prior to that he was Interactive Project Manager at Sheffield Doc/Fest and Crossover Labs, managing the Interactive at Sheffield programme and year-round training events.
Ben has worked various roles at film festivals and has managed VR exhibitions across the UK, including at BFI London Film Festival, Leeds International Film Festival and Sanctuary Lab.
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.
Culture Coordinator, Creative Europe Desk UK – England
Esther is the Culture Coordinator for the 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.
MEDIA Officer, 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. She advises professionals from all sectors of the audiovisual industry on the funding schemes available through the MEDIA sub-programme.
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.
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.
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.
Wales - Culture
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.
Laura is based at the British Film Institute (BFI)in London and responsible for promoting Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme within England.
Laura has worked across production and marketing roles for cultural, events and political organisations, including Green Man festival and SohoCreate.
Her first role after graduation was as a communications intern for the UK’s Cultural Contact Point, run by Visiting Arts, as the EU Culture Programme was transitioning into Creative Europe. Since then she has worked in Brussels as a Communications Trainee for the European Parliament and, more recently, has worked in marketing and development for the national charity for new music, Sound and Music. Once a long-term resident of Luxembourg, she speaks French and with some persuasion, basic Italian.
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.
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.
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 a campaign for fairer pathways into the sector, encouraging UK organisations to take on young people through apprenticeships and paid internships. As the editor of the Creative Choices online resource, she delivered industry-endorsed creative careers advice and guidance to millions of people.
She has years of experience collaborating with creative professionals and educators throughout the UK, and has worked in communications and digital roles since graduating with a degree in History.