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ANNOUNCEMENT: New AOP Board Directors

15 January 2021

We are delighted to announce two new AOP Board Directors: Nathan Ford joins the board as an Assisting Photographer Member, Hat Margolies - Director of Lucid Rep joins us as an Agent Member. 

The Association’s Board of Directors is made up of up to eleven non-executive directors, who are all unpaid volunteers and the AOP CEO, Seamus McGibbon.  

They join the recently elected Naroop Jhooti - Accredited Photographer member alongside Anne Mannion - Independent Director & Chair - Senior Associate Solicitor at Swan Turton LLP, Carol Allen-Storey - Accredited Photographer member, Gabrielle Motola - Accredited Photographer member, Stephen Potts - Accredited Photographer member, Ed Robinson - Accredited Photographer member, Richard Seymour - Accredited Photographer member and Nikki Barton - Independent Director, Head of Digital Design at Lloyds.

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Nathan Ford is a freelance Lighting Technician and Spark, working in both Film and TV. Nathan's early years in the media industry originated in Photography. Here; he obtained a plethora of skills in which he carries over to moving image. Although still considerably early in his career (having 4 years of experience) Nathan has worked across the board for the different types of media platforms, in both Film and Photography. Nathan is currently in the process of becoming a certified electrician; taking his Level 2 and 3 City and Guilds electrical qualification. 

Nathan's goal is to someday - in the near future, "Gaffer big projects that challenge his creative skills and projects then have compelling stories to tell."






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With a drama degree and jobs both in front and behind the camera, a job in photography wouldn't seem a natural progression. But for Hat Margolies, a temp job in a photolibrary led to over 10 years  commissioning photography for editorial shoots on national magazines and newspapers and turned her love of photography into a career.   

In 2008 Hat  set up her own photographic representation and production agency, Lucid Rep, and works with international and UK clients in advertising and corporate marketing. Her role involves producing and organising stills and moving image shoots, often dealing with large budgets, and complex set ups but making sure it all works smoothly, gets the desired shots and stays on budget. 

She sees her role as an agent as key in an increasingly competitive market - giving her photographers support, constructive criticism and a a sounding board. An agent can be a protective layer between client and photographer, someone to deal with the nitty gritty details while the photographer concentrates on the creative work.

Having been a member of the AOP for many  years, Hat has seen the importance of a strong and supportive trade association, especially when the industry is constantly changing and skills and knowledge needs to be kept up to date. She is very keen to continue to support the work the AOP has started on sustainability in shoot practice and to increase diversity across the industry, both in front and behind the camera.  She is keen to make sure members feel safe and secure at work and supported by the AOP, at all stages of their career in the exciting and rewarding industry.

Hat has two children and they live in South East London, with her graphic designer husband. When not working she enjoys cycling, reading and writing fiction and cooking with her family.


Find out more about the AOP Board of Directors here

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