Phil Clapp 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.
Before joining the Association, worked at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, leading on policy for the creative industries – including film, music and computer games – having joined the civil service in 1994 from a background in scientific research.
Gráinne Peat joined the Association as Policy Executive in December 2013.
Leading on areas around disability and access, security, energy efficiency and skills she enjoys taking on a new challenge and has already accomplished a good deal in her time at the association.
Her personal highlights to date include; the organisation and growth of the campaign she launched around autism friendly screenings in support of ‘World Autism Awareness Day’; delivering the Association’s annual conferences and networking events; as well as getting to know and understand the needs of the Association’s members and respective colleagues.
Gráinne brought with her six years of relevant industry experience and connections through her role at MediCinema – a charity that installs and operates cinemas in hospitals and places of care.
James Connor joined the Association as Policy Assistant in March 2017.
While coming from a background in Further Education funding, James has long held a deep-seated passion for the film and cinema sector, having gained an Honours degree in Film Studies from Swansea University and a Masters in Film Producing and Business Management from Glamorgan University.
As well as ensuring the smooth running of the UK Cinema Association office, James also supports across a range of key policy areas, including disability and access and environmental management and sustainability.