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Advisory and Working Groups

The broad range of AOP activities are organised and managed by the staff, under the guidance of the Executive Director and Board and they follow the priorities set out in the Association's Strategic Plan.

It is part of the remit of the AOP's Executive Director to ensure the effective functioning of all Advisory and Working Groups.

These groups provide the mechanism whereby members can participate in the planning and progression of activities and projects in accordance with the Strategic Plan. They enable members and expert third parties to provide advice, feedback, experience, encouragement and, if possible, support and assistance to the staff who manage and organise activities and events on behalf of the membership. This help can ensure that activities are successful and that they achieve their objectives.

Groups meet at the beginning of a project to provide input, before implementation and after the project has been completed to review its success and effectiveness. Some may meet regularly, this will depend on the nature of the project or activity.

If you are interested in participating in a project, or have any ideas/suggestions, please contact the Executive Director.

AOP Awards

Richard Seymour AOP Photographer Member and Board Director, Steve Knight AOP Board Director/Pixi Pixel, Wendy Carrig AOP Photographer member, Tanja Adams Another, George Corbin Trayler & Trayler, Seamus McGibbon AOP Executive Director and Rachel Rogers Marketing Manager.

The working group covers the activities and organisation of the AOP Awards.

Business & Legal Advice

The working group is led by AOP Business and Copyright Adviser, Nick Dunmur, along with Anne Mannion (AOP Chair) and Charles Swan of Swan Turton, AOP Member Simon Leach and AOP Executive Director Seamus McGibbon 

The working group covers all aspects of the business & legal advice service and replies to both UK Government and wider consultations.


AOP Members and course leaders Geraint Cunnick, Chair, Paul Wenham-Clark, AOP Executive Director Seamus McGibbon and Business & Legal adviser, Nick Dunmur.

The working group covers the educational activities undertaken by the AOP on behalf of its Students and Accredited Courses.


This is a sub group of the Board: AOP Chair Anne Manion, Board member Steve Knight and Executive Director Seamus McGibbon.


This is a sub-group of the Board: Marc Jason, AEL,  AOP Independant Director Steve Knight, Marc Adams, AEL, Finance Officer Yaa Taylor and Executive Director Seamus McGibbon

The working group looks at the manner in which we run and report our finances. It provides help, advice and a forum at which we can discuss ways in which we might improve the manner in which we operate, from a financial point of view.


AOP Marketing Manager Rachel Rogers, Executive Director Seamus McGibbon

This working group looks at the marketing of the AOP, it's members and activities through all media and social networking

Image (AOP website)

Board member Ed Robinson, Managing Director of MediaBite Simon Skinner, AOP Marketing Manager Rachel Rogers and Executive Director Seamus McGibbon 

The working group provides input on Image.

f22 - Women Photographers at the AOP

AOP Marketing Manager Rachel Rogers, AOP Member Photographers Wendy Carrig, Carol Sharp, Sarah Hogan and Kate Abbey.

The working group provides input on f22 - Women Photographers at the AOP.  Working for fairness in the representation of women photographers. 

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