The association awards the role of Honorary President to a member who has served the association or the industry with distinction. The president shall be chosen by the committee and voted on by the members for a two-year term at the AGM. A president may only serve for one term.
The President has the right to attend committee meetings but not vote, they are expected to act as an ambassador for the association. The President also runs and administers the Brian Tremain Bursary.
Ken Jackson was formerly Chief Photographer at the Victoria & Albert Museum and now Director of Cultural Heritage Digitisation Limited.
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The Chair has overall responsibility for the daily running and good governance of the association. As such, the chair takes the lead on the direction and priorities of the association. These include the organisation of the annual AHFAP conference, oversight of the association’s financial affairs, regular website, social media and newsletter updates, outreach and membership support and the organisation of regular committee meetings and the management of the workload and wellbeing of all committee members.
I have worked with both commercial and heritage institutions for nearly 20 years, specialising in still life/object photography and architecture. I am currently employed as a Lead Photographer at
the Science Museum Group - Science Museum Photo Studio, I manage a team of staff photographers and oversee all London studio activities.
Previously I worked as a Print lead on Steve McQueen's "Year 3" project at Tate Britain, leading on colour management, junior photographers' training, retouch and print execution and collection metadata audit. Subsequently, I joined Tate Photo Studio as freelance photographer, where I continue to photograph collection objects and gallery spaces across Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Art Stores.
Other institutions I worked with include the Sharjah Museum Authority including Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Art Museum, Science Museum, Archaeology Museum, and the Salsali Private Museum where several of my photographs are held in the permanent collection.
The role of the Co-Chair is to assist and support the Chair, filling in the Chair's position when called upon and experiencing the other committee roles when help is required.
As a museum photographer I've now worked at three of the national museums, Science Museum Group, British Museum and the V&A, in addition to maintaining a freelance career. I can see a huge potential for further skills-sharing and collaboration across the sector. In the difficult times we live in, AHFAP becomes ever more useful and important in providing a forum for this cross-sector collaboration and education. I want to help to continue and expand on the good work AHFAP does to support colleagues, but with a view towards creating stronger inter-institutional support networks. I hope we can help create an inclusive, diverse industry, which is both sustainable and future-proof.
The AHFAP Treasurer is responsible for managing all the financial affairs of the association.
Under AHFAP’s current Unincorporated Association status the Treasurer is solely and personally liable for all contracts and decisions they make in the process of carrying out the treasurer’s duties.
In a change from the past, the Treasurer’s role now includes ensuring a Corporation Tax return is filed with HMRC for each financial year and that the tax owed is paid.
Simon previously served three years on the AHFAP committee as Web Officer, and as a member of the Libraries & Archives Special Interest Group.
The role of the Membership Secretary is to be the first point of contact for current members and prospective members of the association in all matters concerning membership of the association.
As the only platform representing the museum photography community, I believe we can harness AHFAP to drive change and transform our sector by accrediting the existing membership, and targeting the untapped potential membership of AHFAP to further contribute, collaborate and educate. The current active membership of AHFAP is centred in the South East of England, I hope to mobilise a diverse geography to contribute to and actively participate in further unifying the association.
With previous roles in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen and having worked as a freelance across Scotland and Northern Ireland, I will utilise my leadership skills as Photography Manager of Science Museum Group (Bradford, Manchester, York, Swindon, London) to attract and solidify support from organisations across the UK network who are currently disengaged.
The minutes secretary’s job is to record meetings of committees, sub-committees, where appropriate, and annual general meetings. The remit is to record as concisely, as clearly and as fully as is necessary, their business: the time of the meeting, who was present, who sent apologies for absence, the topics covered—the agenda—the discussions and who contributed what, decisions and who made them, proposed and seconded, with votes counted, and when the meeting was closed, so that all the relevant information is preserved in accessible form.
My career as a photographer started back in 2000 when, after leaving college, I became a freelance photographer working for architects and building developers. In the past 20 years I have seen many changes in our industry. One of the most significant for me was joining the Science Museum back in 2013 as a part time photographer. Once I was working in the cultural heritage sector, I was hooked. I'm never happier than when I'm in a museum discovering new objects and fuelling my curiosity. In 2018 I moved briefly to The Horniman Museum where I continued to work as their only photographer. I was fortunate enough to apply and secure the role of full-time photographer at the V&A in 2020.
The Events Officer is responsible for overseeing the planning and coordination of the AGM, the Annual Conference and any other event the Association may be involved with. Working closely with the Chair, Events Support Officer, Sponsors and other committee members as necessary the Event Officer is also a point of contact for AHFAP members who would like contribute to upcoming events.
The aim of events organised by AHFAP is to provide platforms for people to openly share knowledge and to react to technological developments while making this process accessible and relevant to the needs of the membership community.
I am a Photographer for Wellcome Trust, working on projects across Collection digitisation, editorial stories and exhibitions. As Event Officer I aim to provide opportunities for everyone to contribute their experience and perspectives so that we may all learn new skills with which we can enhance our practices.
The Events Support Officer is responsible for supporting the Events officer in the planning and coordination of the annual conference and any other event the association may be involved with.
I have worked in the photography industry for over 30 years, the first 25 years of which I worked in Medical Illustration, and I am now a freelance commercial photographer. As a freelancer over the last 5 years I have been working more and more in the cultural heritage sector, including contract work for the Imperial War Museum, Wellcome Collection, and the British Magic Museum, and I have a number of private clients including: fine artists, painters, sculptors and illustrators. I am an active member of AHFAP regularly attending conferences at which I was a speaker in 2018 and was the official photographer at the 2019 conference.
My career in medical illustration culminated in being the Chairman of the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) 2013-2015, prior to that I was a very active member of IMI, having held various positions, including two terms as Conference Chairman, responsible for managing the team that puts on the annual conference.
The Webteam comprises of the Web Officer and Web Support Officer. The Web Officer is responsible for managing the Associations online presence on all the platforms it utilises. Their shared role is the proactive monitoring and reviewing of the Associations’ online activities and implementing dynamic change.
This website is AHFAP’s portfolio, news, history and inspirational resource for its members. I will strive to keep its content relevant and dynamic. However, to achieve this I need your active engagement to keep me abreast of current sector news, events that would interest our members, your stories for our blog page, and your considered articles for our resource section, to help, encourage and educate our readership.
I’m a freelance photographer based in North Devon, working in the Cultural Heritage Sector, with a regional and sometimes international clientele. In the past I have taken on roles within committees’ of regional arts groups but it’s now time to spread my wings. I have built and maintained various websites for the last 15 years and currently use Wordpress for my own site. My own social-media experience has been predominantly Facebook where I founded and maintain the Facebook Group Devon Artists with over 1500 members; I also run the promotional page North Devon Jazz.
The Web Support Officer is responsible for assisting the Web Officer in managing the Association's online presence as well as assisting with the promotion and ticket sales of the yearly conference and any other events. The role also involves supporting the Web Officer in managing job adverts, helping the committee to generate new content and designing the way that content is managed on the website.
I am a Digitisation Technician for the University of Glasgow's Museum in the Metaverse project where I produce photogrammetry models of a wide range of cultural heritage and natural history objects for Virtual Reality experiences. As a heritage professional and imaging specialist I have previously supported a wide range of institutions including The Mills Archive, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Roads Archive.