Expert Biography

Phil was appointed CEO of the (then) Cinema Exhibitors’ Association in October 2007.

During his time at the Association, Phil has spearheaded the establishment of the Digital Funding Partnership, which ensured the survival of small and medium-sized UK cinema operators in a new technological era, as well as more recently leading on the establishment of the ground-breaking Meerkat Movies promotion.

In May 2013, Phil was elected President of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) the European grouping of cinema trade associations and key operators.

Over the last 18 months, Phil has led efforts to secure the future of UK and other European cinemas impacted by COVID. In his UK role, he has led on negotiations with governments across the UK around financial support for the sector, as well as ensuring that safeguarding restrictions are proportionate and appropriate.

Phil worked from 1998-2001 for the new Labour Government, working directly to Prime Minister Tony Blair and researching solutions to social policy challenges such as neighbourhood renewal, young people not in education, employment or training and ex-offenders.

In 2001, Phil moved to the Culture Department to head up social policy, then moved to lead arts policy and finally policy for the creative industries – including film, music and computer games - before ‘jumping the fence’ and joining the (then) CEA as Chief Executive.

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