Our People

Learn which of our people are behind the scenes at every level of the BIPP and how to get involved too, here.

Join the Membership

The BIPP management structure is simple and similar to almost all membership focussed organisations. Inside the BIPP, our people reside in the the following roles:

Board of Directors

The board consists of a number of different people who are either appointed or elected. Our Articles of Association keep the board cycled with new, fresh faces and ensures that we cannot stagnate. You can join the board as a director by meeting the base criteria and completing the nomination steps which are released to the membership on an annual basis.

CEO

The CEO is a position that is appointed by the Board of Directors. The CEO exists within the Institute to develop and implement the wider strategy alongside always representing us in the best possible light. A large part of the CEO role is to manage, at a top-level, our people in the head office team to ensure the successful running of the Institute.

President

The President serves for a period of 2 years and is nominated by the Board of Directors to act in an honorary capacity. Our Presidents, past and present, represent some of the greatest minds in the Photography industry and are pivotal for our public-facing work as an Institute.

Department Leads

Leaders of qualifications, awards, resources, business support and more all have a seat at the wider table. Anyone can put themselves forwards into lead or ambassador positions by simply reaching out to our people in the Head Office team to express an interest. 

Judges

We have one of the most well-established and well-regarded team of judges in the industry. Our judges all hold high-level qualifications and are pivotal in the successful running of qualifications and awards. Any Associate photographer can express interest in judges training, but only Fellows can judge at the top level of our competition.

Ambassadors

From 2023 onwards, our ambassadors are divided into two main camps, Advocate and Member Liason. The role of the former is to positively promote the organisation to a wider audience. The role of the latter is not dissimilar to the previous role of Regional Ambassador, where geographically specific individuals assist in member engagement and events. Anyone can be a Member Liason ambassador, you don’t need to be tied to geographic region, and you are often the first face a new member will see, as well as providing the Board with actionable information to act on behalf of the membership.

Our Senior Team:

Martin Baynes

Martin Baynes

CEO

After leaving school and studying a BTEC in Photography, Martin travelled all over the world as a ship photographer. On returning to the UK and working in some direct sales roles, he got his dream job back in photography, mixed with sales, spending the next 12 years working at Spicer Hallfield. He held different senior positions, including general sales manager with a large sales team and support staff.  He was then head hunted by 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 he successfully applied for the CEO role heading up the BIPP, an incredibly rewarding and challenging role. His passion is off-road enduro motorbike riding.

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

President

Jeff’s passion for photography blossomed in childhood, and he acquired his first SLR camera in his late teens. At 21, with nervous excitement, he embarked on his inaugural wedding shoot, the night before filled with restless anticipation. Joining the military as a Royal Navy Photographer at 27 brought intense training and unparalleled job satisfaction. He had the honor of capturing esteemed individuals like celebrities, Heads of State, and members of the British Royal Family. After nearly a decade of service, he transitioned to entrepreneurship, establishing my own Photography Companies. Recognizing the pivotal role of marketing, he immersed myself in photography marketing courses, developing a fervor for the subject. Within two years, they averaged more than 80 weddings annually and managed one of the country’s most bustling Boudoir Photography Makeover Studios. Today, Jeff contributes to industry magazines, regularly appears on photography podcasts, and collaborates closely with various UK Photography Associations.

Paul Reiffer

Paul Reiffer

Chair of the Board

Paul still holds on to his Kodak Disc 6000 8mm camera from his childhood, when his father had a dark room in the attic of his home on the south coast of England. Having “gone corporate” for many of his early years, today he produces iconic landscapes and cityscape photography for some of the world’s best known brands – from international hotel chains and airlines to imaging clients such as National Geographic and IMAX. As one of Phase One’s global ambassadors and teachers, he’s travelled for most of his photographic career, shooting ultra high-resolution medium-format images from some of the most stunning places around the world.

Monir Ali

Monir Ali

Director

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

Barrie Spence

Barrie Spence

Director

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

Johnson Wee

Johnson Wee

Director

Johnson Wee, Asia’s most awarded wedding photographer, hails from a photography lineage. He holds the titles of Double Master from WPPI and Fellow from BIPP & MPA, UK. Johnson is a Canon and Profoto Ambassador in Malaysia, and his lens captures pre-wedding beauty in exotic global locations.

Matt Curtis

Matt Curtis

Director

“I’m Matt Curtis…

​I’m a photographer… That’s it, that’s what I do, that’s what I’ve always done so what else can I tell you about ME.

I was born in ’73 and spent my first eleven years in Scotland before moving to Warminster in Wiltshire. I was distinctly average at school, always having more interest in music than any academic subjects so I enjoyed learning the saxophone and teaching myself various other instruments along the way.

But back to photography…having learned the very basics of photography from my father, I landed my first job selling cameras in the early ’90s and by ’97 I was working in a local studio and introducing the latest in digital developments such as Adobe Photoshop and retouching to their well established business. I stayed with them and learned by working alongside their established and BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography) qualified photographers and progressed to become one of their wedding photographers and studio specialist.

From there I made the logical progression and set up my own business in 2014 initially working from home and in January 2017 opened Chinns Court Studio in Warminster where I offer everything studio photography as well as wedding photography.

Having worked with qualified photographers I had an understanding of the kudos of achieving the level of Professional Recognition that the British Institute of Professional Photography qualifications offer and gaining my qualification was a priority when I set up my own business in order to set myself aside from the competition.
I feel very strongly proud of this achievement and of the institute and hope to continue to carry that pride and passion through my role as director.”

Mary McClymont

Mary McClymont

Treasurer

I have been doing Photography since the age of 6. The summer of 1972 saw me suffering a poisoned ear and not being allowed outside, I spent the summer taking photographs from every window and door in the house.

 I had my own darkroom and worked in a minilab; the hammer became my friend every time it stopped working. I then spent 10 years working in retail photographic working for several big retailers in Glasgow (Tom Dickson Cameras) and London (KJP). I also did portraits and weddings during this period.

 During this time, I decided to embark on an accountancy qualification and ended up becoming qualified and photography went on the back burner. In 2010 I returned to University and obtained a Law Degree LLB with distinction, it helps with reviewing contracts and people refusing to pay!

 I joined the BIPP several years ago and only really got involved in 2023 gaining my Licentiateship and Associateship qualification and currently chasing my fellowship.