TRUSTEES AND COUNCIL
The RPS has a governing Council with 7 positions elected by the membership, and up to three co-opted members. This is also our Board of Trustees, responsible for our charitable objects and governance. They work with the staff and volunteers to oversee the running of the organisation.
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President and Chair of Trustees: Simon Hill HonFRPS
Joining the RPS as a teenager, Simon progressed through the Society’s distinctions before graduating with an MA from St Martins School of Art. He is an award-winning professional editorial and documentary photographer; the first British winner of the Longford International Art Portrait Award and a former BIPP Professional Photographer of the Year. Simon is also Managing Director and Lead Designer of VIDAR Media Group, designing museum and gallery exhibitions across the UK and Europe. He has won numerous accolades for his design projects including Best New Museum, the Arts and Heritage Renaissance Award, RHS Bronze and Silver medals, European Attraction of the Year and Best Global Attraction.
In addition to his photographic and design experience, Simon brings a diverse and essential range of skills to the Society’s Council. He holds an Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction and has held directorships on the board of over a dozen UK and European companies. He has been a Trustee of several arts and educational organisations including the Open College of the Arts. Simon is a qualified Member of the Chartered Society of Designers and was previously a Chartered Marketer, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He remains an active Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and of the Royal Geographical Society.
Hon Treasurer: John Miskelly FCA FRPS
John is both a Chartered Accountant and a professional landscape photographer. He was previously a Partner in RSM, with responsibility for corporate finance and financial consulting, prior to setting up his own boutique consultancy business Integra Business Consultants in July 2011. He has a significant amount of experience in both the public and private sectors, including over 20 years of board level experience, in both SME’s and large Plc’s.
He provides on-going support to both government and private sector clients, focusing on strategic advisory, governance, restructuring and corporate finance roles.
John has also worked extensively as a non-executive director, including both national and international charities.
In terms of his photography, John produces fine art landscape images, as well as running workshops and working for corporate clients, including Tourism Ireland and Bord Failte.
Andy Golding ASICI FRPS
Andy has been teaching photography, for more than 30 years. He was a Visiting Professor of Photography in Nanjing, China and has taught, lectured and exhibited internationally. He was the Head of photography and film at the University of Westminster.
Andy has been an advisor for the RPS since the 1990’s including serving on the Distinctions Advisory Board, Education Committee, Awards Committee and recently set up the Film Panel. He was awarded the Fenton Medal in 2009.
His other significant voluntary role is Chair of his local youth football club. Andy continues to teach part time and professionally he is working on accreditation of a school and a university, ensuring the highest standards of equal opportunities and diversity, teaching and learning, assessment, feedback and all aspects of quality assurance.
Janet Haines ARPS
Janet’s career in sales, marketing and business relationship management in emerging markets, has inspired an interest in creating successful teams. She believes that a strong, open, honest management style delivers the best results and good staff relationships.
Over the past few years, Janet has used many of the skills she developed over her career in her RPS volunteer roles including Chair of the Digital Imaging Group (DIG), Joint Organiser of the Benelux Chapter and LRPS Assessor.
In the Netherlands, where she currently lives, Janet led the RPS Rockin’ Rotterdam project, in which 100+ individuals were tasked with photographing all 3000+ streets in the city. During her six-year tenancy of the DIG Chair role, the Group went from strength to strength, focusing on inspiring and educational new initiatives for the benefit of members.
Heather brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit and Foundation executive leadership and consulting experience to the RPS. She is known for her vision, professionalism, leadership and strategic skills and has worked globally and across a number of sectors, having held senior roles in Canada at RBC Financial Group, McClaren Momentum and Sponsorship Marketing Council Canada.
After establishing her own consultancy, Heather has helped to realign organisations with their ever changing stakeholder environments, and designed and managed award winning programs for clients such as The Royal Conservatory of Music, the Sunwing Foundation, the Toronto Mayor’s Arts Awards, Business for the Arts, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and others.
Born and raised near London, UK, Heather travelled, then lived, studied and worked in Japan before settling in Toronto, where she first picked up a camera to start photographing her children and became “hooked”. Since returning to the UK in 2017, she joined the RPS to draw inspiration from its members and also to learn more through programs such as the Open University online course. She currently resides with her family in Devon and, as well as spending time as an active volunteer, also enjoys pursuing yoga, cycling and language studies.
Our staff team, based in Bristol, are lead by the Chief Executive Officer and look after the day to day running of the RPS. The staff also work with over 500 volunteers in the UK and beyond, who support the RPS with their expertise and extend our reach to thousands more.
Evan Dawson Chief Executive Officer
Membership and Volunteering
Simon Bibb Membership Manager
Debbie Cant Membership Assistant
Nathan Woodman Membership Assistant
Kate Constance Volunteering Manager
Exhibitions and Education
Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS Director of Education and Public Affairs
Sally Smart ARPS Exhibitions Manager
Billy-Jay Stoneman Exhibitions Assistant
Gary Evans ASIS FRPS Science Exhibition Coordinator
Liz Williams Education Manager
Emma Delves-Broughton FRPS Workshop Coordinator
Qualifications and Distinctions
Andy Moore LRPS Distinctions Manager
Ben Fox ARPS Senior Distinctions Assistant
Simon Vercoe LRPS Distinctions Assistant
Jo Macdonald Awards Manager
Nikki McCoy Finance and Administration Manager
Jackie Rumble Finance Assistant
Matt Steele Finance and HR Assistant
Website and Communications
Emily Mathisen Web Content Manager
Rebecca Lee Communications Manager
Alan Hitch IT Support Officer
Kimmi Barry Front of House Officer
Roxanne Moore Front of House Officer