June 2009 marked the tenth anniversary of the election of Barry Jenkins OBE as Chairman of the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association.

In recognition of this landmark, and on behalf of the CEA Executive Board, Honorary Treasurer Mike Vickers earlier this month presented Barry with an engraved crystal award as a small token of thanks for all of his hard work not just as Chairman, but also as a Board member of some 27 years standing.

Commenting on his achievement, Barry said:

“During the time I have been on the Board of the CEA, and in particular during my time as Chairman, the UK cinema exhibition sector has changed beyond all recognition.

In many ways it is now better-placed than it has been for decades, and can look to the future with renewed confidence, safe in the knowledge that the public recognises that their local cinema is THE place to see the latest movies.

That said, there is no room for complacency. The challenges facing the sector – not least around digital conversion – remain significant. Now more than ever is the time for cinema operators to come together through the CEA to ensure that all can benefit from the opportunities ahead. I look forward to continuing to support those efforts in any way I can.”