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Jul 14

Written by: host
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 

Adrian Berkeley occupied the post of Chief Executive of the BIPP from 1989 to 1992.  The position of Chief Executive replaced the earlier designation of General Secretary.  Among the criteria for filling the post was that the incumbent should have some knowledge of legal matters. It was therefore highly serendipitous that living less than three miles from Institute headquarters in Ware was a candidate possessing a degree in law and with experience of working as a photographer.  After training at RAF Cosford, Adrian had served in the Photographic Branch of the Royal Air Force for ten years.  Following a period in business, he enrolled on a degree course in law at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, gaining an LLB.

Adrian’s arrival at the BIPP coincided with planning for the ten years leading to the centenary of the Institute and he was deeply involved with working parties considering its status and governance.  Another major development at that time was the introduction of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 which identified creators as the owners of copyright.  Adrian’s background in law was invaluable in interpreting the provisions of the act in ways that could be understood by laymen.  His book “The Focal Guide to Photography and the Law” became an essential manual.  Throughout his tenure, Adrian was a tireless advocate of the rights of photographers, once attending a court in East Anglia in support of a member claiming breach of copyright.  

The start of the nineties saw the development of electronic/digital imaging gain momentum.  Recognising the importance of acquainting members with the challenges and opportunities presented by this medium, Adrian encouraged the President at the time, John Henshall FBIPP, to write a monthly column in the Institute journal, ‘The Photographer.’ This became “John Henshall’s Chip Shop” and alerted readers entertainingly to the future of photography.

Adrian maintained an active interest in politics, being a member of Nottinghamshire County Council in the seventies and at one time, occupying a seat on the National Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Party.  He could present a tough exterior when defending what he thought was right but the essential humanity of the man shone through when he regularly and unobtrusively took great trouble to treat his colleagues and members to acts of kindness.

A strong talent for the written word stood Adrian in good stead when, after relinquishing the role of BIPP Chief Executive, he was appointed Editor of ‘The Photographer’ and remained in that position until 1997.

Thereafter, he became the General Secretary of the Institute of Trichologists.  Later, he was company secretary for HABIA (Hair and Beauty Industry Authority), where he remained until his retirement in 2013, living in Doncaster.

Adrian had undergone heart bypass surgery in 1994. Subsequently, he had only suffered from minor illnesses so that his death from heart failure on 8 June came as a terrible shock to his family.  He is survived by his wife, Jenny, three daughters, a stepson and stepdaughter, nine grandchildren and a great granddaughter.


Adrian M Berkeley
Born 14 May 1948

Educated:           

St Dunstan’s College, Catford, London SE
JSOP RAF Cosford
Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham 

Died 8 June 2015


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