The Office Team

 

Based at our offices in Preston, Lancashire, the Office Team are responsible for the day to day running of the BIPP.  

 

Martin Baynes
Chief Executive Officer
martin@bipp.com

Sharron Caunce
Office Manager
sharron@bipp.com

Joel Hansen
Media & Communications  
joel@bipp.com

 

The BIPP HQ - The Artistry House

 

BIPP TEAM

 

The BIPP team combines experienced photographers and industry experts from across different sectors within our trade. Each person brings specialist skills and experience to our organisation, and collectively, the team represents the highest standard of photography and knowledge within our industry. Representing professionalism and providing a voice for photographers is imperative to the ethos of the BIPP. 

We feel strongly about giving members in our organisation a say in who sits on the BIPP Board by providing a voting system that allows members to elect who governs them and ensures us, as a business, the utmost transparency and accountability.

 

 

 

 

 

CEO

Martin Baynes

After leaving school and studying a Btec in Photography, I travelled all over the world as a ship photographer. On returning to the UK and working in some direct sales roles, I got my dream job of being back in photography, mixed with sales, spending the next 12 years working at Spicer Hallfield. I held different senior positions, including general sales manager with a large sales team and support staff.  Then head hunted to Graphistudio, spending 12 years as the UK sales and marketing director of this very successful Italian company, helping roll out new products and cutting edge software.  In 2019 I successfully applied for the CEO role heading up the BIPP, an incredibly rewarding and challenging role. My passion is off-road endure motorbike riding.

President

John Coen

Born and bred in Manchester, I studied biochemistry before (thankfully!) being introduced to the world of photography by my father, a research scientist working on emulsions with Ilford at the time. Early jobs at Foxall and Chapman, a pro dealer in Manchester and Fujimex in Swindon were a nice lead into work at Fujifilm. The evolution of Fujifilm from film and print to a global entity in imaging, healthcare and many other areas made it massively interesting and enjoyable. For pleasure and leisure I really enjoy being up in the hills and mountains, a bit of travelling, especially in the Highlands and Islands, Japan and the USA, Tai Chi and Qigong for relaxation and I have been known to turn out a decent sourdough.

Director 

Emily Hancock

Emily has been a photographer for 20 years, specialising in equine portraiture and art photography for much of her career. Receiving a Fellowship for her equine photography from the BIPP in 2012, she has since earned numerous accolades for her work. In recent years, she studied Art History at Sotheby's institute and has embraced her creativity to become an artist, combining equine photography and mixed media to create stunning pieces that are exhibited, displayed and sold globally. Alongside this, Emily runs an equine photography training academy. Having been involved with the BIPP for many years, Emily continues to support the organisation and hopes to inspire the creativity of photographers across the UK.

Director

Tony Freeman

Tony Freeman failed a preliminary photographic examination in 1958 and subsequently went on to become President of the very same Institute that set the examination! By 1961 he was in charge of the photographic section of a provincial evening newspaper and within 12 years had established two studios and three press agencies all whilst working as a freelance TV cameraman. Tony has served the BIPP for 40 years, representing them in Europe, receiving two presidential awards and an honorary Fellowship before becoming President in 2003. With a dedicated group of colleagues, Tony turned around a struggling Western region to become extremely successful however, due to the intervention of the former CEO, not the case today. He is hoping his experience will help put the Institute back on a solid footing before handing over to a younger, enthusiastic member to take the Institute on to greater heights.

Director

Karen Massey

I'm a photographer of 16 years specialising in wedding and corporate photography. For me, it is a true honour to be on the BIPP Board of Directors, and it corresponds perfectly with my role at the Federation of European Photographers (FEP), where I currently sit on the Board and vice-chair. My focus is to grow the membership's interest within the FEP and overseas to open up new opportunities for our members. I also run my own organisation, RISE, an organisation I set up for professional Female photographers, which supports women in the industry to learn, develop and grow their businesses, giving women more of a voice within our industry.

Director

Mark Hall

Dr Mark Hall has been an award winning commercial advertising photographer for over thirty years after graduating from Blackpool College in the mid 1980’s. In that time, he has travelled extensively and been commissioned by many top advertising agencies, design groups and editorial clients across the world. He began teaching in 2000 after completing and MA at the London College of Printing and in 2018 successfully finished a PhD on the use and control of light in photography. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby, a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts and a Fellow of the BIPP. His work as a photographer has featured in The AOP and D&AD awards and he was voted AOP lecturer of the year for portrait work shot in Africa. His research interests include the technical language of photography, the implied structures of power inherent in technical manuals and the critical theory of commercial photography.

Director 

Barrie Spence

I became a BIPP member in March 2019 to grow my network of professional peers and make friends within the industry. I’m a portrait photographer and primarily studio-based – it’s Scotland, reliably usable weather can be a challenge. My portraiture includes dance and headshots (on the commercial side) and the usual family/dog work on the social side. 
I received my first qualification (QEP) in October 2019 and then my ABIPP in September 2020 – I value my qualifications immensely, but I don’t use them to define me. I want the organisation to grow. I want connection and community. 

Director 

Monir Ali

Photography has always been a big part of my life from the time I was given my Uncle’s old Pentax AG. I first joined the BIPP mid-career after bouncing around various other trade associations. When I signed up as a member of the Institute,  it felt I was at home – from the learning, getting my qualification, to the people I met.
For me, the BIPP provides an opportunity for us to develop personally as well as raise the bar for our industry regardless of what sector you fall in. I specialise in two areas of photography: Asian & Cultural wedding photography and food photography. 

Office Manager

Sharron Caunce 

After College, I worked in banking and sales before settling on a career in business management. For almost 30 years I’ve worked in various industries around construction, including landscaping, scaffolding and drainage. I ran my own company and have assisted other business owners in increasing their turnover by providing sound financial and administrative support, together with managing a large team. I was delighted to become part of the BIPP team in 2020. In my spare time I love to write and always gravitate to beautiful scenery at weekends; beaches and waterfalls are my favourite.

Media & Comms

Joel Hansen

I'm an independent thinker, journalist, photographer, digital marketer, and multi-media creative who operates freelance over North West, England. Over ten years in my field, my employment has taken me internationally to work in different media-based roles and projects for world-renowned companies and brands. I am passionate about promoting social change through grassroots movements and exploring ideas that evolve how society communicates, collaborates, and innovates through media. Outside of my profession, I enjoy the cinema, exercising, music and podcasts.