- About Us
Seamus has worked in a variety of roles in the arts and charity sector since graduating from Hertfordshire College of Art and Design, St Albans in 1989 where he studied Model Making. Originally a freelance model maker he has gained extensive experience of business development, fundraising, events management and training at such organisations as: the National Film Theatre; London Film Festival; Stonewall; Shape Arts; the Theatrical Management Association, a membership body representing professionals in the theatre industry and performing arts. Following this he worked for charity Luton Culture where his role was to help create additional income to support its work.
He lives in St Albans and is a huge supporter of the arts both within and outside London.
Seamus enjoys wine, cheese and has has a Jack Russell called Basil who likes long walks, tennis balls and going to the pub to meet other dogs.
Portrait © David Partner 2014
Charlie graduated from Leeds University in 2002 where she studied History of Art and Spanish. Since then she has worked in marketing - with creatives, for a range of organisations: FTSE100 property developer, law firm, design agencies and community arts groups. She has gained extensive knowledge of on and offline marketing practices, event management and brand marketing. She lives in Brockley with her husband and their two kids. Charlie is passionate about the arts, and is surgically attached to her iphone so members do get in touch if you have news she can share on our social media channels.
Portrait © David Partner 2015
Rachel joined the Association at the end of October 2012, after moving from The Shire to the 'Big Smoke' in June. Since graduating from Plymouth University where she studied Design Photography, Rachel has worked in a variety of roles from credit control, stock administration to reception, gaining valuable skills along the way. She has a bubbly personality and is always happy to help. She enjoys a night in with a movie and a bottle of wine, good conversation and biscuits. Would like to meet lovely new and existing members with a good sense of humour and an interest in the photographic scene.
Portrait © David Partner 2012
Flo has recently returned to us after a trip around South America. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from UWE, Bristol. A photographers agent for a Father and a model agent for a Mother, her interest in photography started at a young age; and has grown into a passion over the years. Having held varied roles including campaigning for policy reform, photography assisting; as well as interning at ‘You’ Magazine and as a crime scene examiner at CSI; Flo has picked up a range of beneficial skills and has an appetite to learn more.
Currently managing the awards and exhbitions, she uses her spare time refining her film photography portfolio; she looks forward to chatting to members, and is eager to witness the high quality of work expected at this years awards.
Portrait © David Partner 2015
Nick has been a professional photographer all his working life. He spent 6 years as a non-executive director of the AOP Board, two years of which as Chair.
Nick has been involved with various working groups and committees concerned with copyright and photographers' rights at the AOP and other organisations including the British Copyright Council (BCC) and the British Photographic Council (BPC).
Picking up the reins from Gwen Thomas, Nick provides business and legal advice to our members on matters relating to professional practice, licensing, issues with copyright and infringements. This service is free to AOP Photographer members.
As a practicing photographer of commissioned and personal work, Nick is ideally placed to look at problems from a photographer's perspective.
Portrait © David Partner 2013