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.
Culture Manager, Creative Europe Desk UK – Wales
Ani Saunders is based at Welsh Government in Cardiff and is responsible for promoting and facilitating Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme within Wales. She also works part-time as a coordinator at Wales Arts International tasked with facilitating international work in the arts through collaborations, projects, networks and communication. Previous roles include project managing Routes into Languages Cymru - a collaborative outreach project that aims to increase the number of pupils choosing languages in University.
Ani is a graduate in Fashion Design and has worked as a stylist and presenter on S4C (Channel 4 Wales). She speaks several languages including Welsh and Cornish and is currently learning French. As a musician, Ani has toured the UK, Europe and North America. She is also an artist and photographer.
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.
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.
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.
Promotions Coordinator, MEDIA, Creative Europe Desk UK - England
Tess Ritchie assists the Director in all aspects of her work and helps coordinate Creative Europe Desk UK. She is responsible for the promotion of Creative Europe Desk UK’s activities and the Creative Europe Programme, and in particular the MEDIA sub-programme. As well as working with the UK-wide team, Tess works closely with the Marketing and Communications Manager and is based at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London.
Tess has a degree in English Literature from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and has worked primarily in magazine publishing and editorial roles. She also volunteers at Tate Britain.
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 campaigned for better pathways into employment in 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.