Chris Chandler - Head of Strategic Partnerships, UK Film Council

Chris is responsible for the management of partnerships with organisations including nine regional screen agencies, UK national agencies and First Light (a digital film-making scheme for young people). The Strategic Partnerships Unit also delivers a number of strategic projects, including the Film Publications Fund.

Having started his working life as a stage manager and lighting designer in the theatre, Chris has worked in local authority arts management and for the BFI in its Regional Development and Production Divisions. He has wide experience of developing and managing public strategy for the cultural industries at a local, national and European level.