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Western Region Committee - 2023

The Western Region is run by a small team of volunteers who plan and organise the various activities within the region, including our monthly meetings, various social activities, and other projects such as exhibitions, competitions etc. Scroll down to meet the Western Region committee

Annie Eckersley LRPS
Anne Eckersley LRPS

Regional Organiser

I am a photographer with a particular interest in both Digital Imaging and Visual Arts and keen on promoting all aspects of photography.

Suzanne Allen LRPS - Deputy Regional Organiser
Suzanne Allen LRPS

Deputy Regional Organiser

Formerly Western Region Organiser for 3 years. Especially interested in attracting youth and young adults to benefit from RPS programmes.  Have high ambitions of stimulating members to get involved with interesting and varied events in 2023. 


Paul Kirby LRPS
Paul Kirby LRPS

Regional Secretary

I joined RPS in 2017 and achieved LRPS 2021. I am member of the Landscape and Contemporary groups.

Richard Olpin LRPS

Regional Training Advisor; Social Media

An RPS member for more than 10 years, Richard is a professional photographer and tutor from Gloucestershire.  

Guy Robertson
Guy Robertson

Regional Events Co-ordinator

Having had an occasional interest in taking photographs since 2010, I got really serious during the pandemic. An upgrade of my kit and the discipline of the permitted ‘daily walk’ enhanced my practice, as did my discovery of the host of amazing instructional videos on YouTube. I consider myself to be in the ‘foothills’ of my photography journey but get great support from the Digital Imaging Group’s peer critique initiative and my membership of the Landscape Photography special interest group.

Denise Bailey - Treasurer
Denise Bailey

Regional Treasurer

After leaving Bath University I qualified as an accountant and spent many years working as an accountant and auditor for an accountancy practice in Somerset. In later years I joined some of my colleagues managing the finances and business enterprises of a prominent West Country family.

I have been interested in photography, though not a very good photographer, since the age of eleven when I had my first ‘box Brownie’ camera. On retirement this interest was rekindled, first by joining various photography groups through the U3A, this lead me to doing the RPS/Open University Certificate in Photography, which is how I came in contact with the RPS.

I would like to do my LRPS but feel that I need to improve a lot first.

Mark Stothard MA ARPS
CREDIT: © Mark Stothard MA ARPS
Mark Stothard MA ARPS

Regional Webmaster

Hi there, I'm Mark, a narrative-based photographer that specialises in capturing stories through my lens.

My passion for photography lies in my ability to use images to tell compelling narratives and I believe that every photograph should convey a message and strive to create images that not only capture a moment but also evoke emotions and convey a story, capturing the essence of the subject, telling their story in a way that words cannot.

I hold a Master of Art in Photography, from the University of Plymouth and have received the distinction Associate from the Royal Photographic Society. I'm returning to university to study a PhD in Photography, researching emotion and affect theories relating to posthumanism and psychogeography within my practice.

Today I share my years of knowledge, experience and research as a Visual Practitioner within my mentoring programme, adventures and workshops, together as a guest speaker at Universities, Colleges, and Camera Clubs.