Paul Bullivant, Chair

Born in Birmingham, where he studied architecture, Paul lived in southern Spain for 6 years before settling in Bristol where he worked in social housing development. He has been involved as a trustee in a number of charities and community organisations and has organised and promoted a range of arts and music events.

In 2004 he gained an MA in documentary photography from USW and is a practicing photographer with a wide range of subject interests. He has travelled extensively and has self-published a number of books about his journeys.

Paul is passionate about the power of photography, and the arts more generally, to change our view of the world for the better.

He enjoys walking long distance paths, playing music and cooking for friends and family. He is also a trustee of Oxfordshire Art Weeks. 

Katy Barron

Katy is a photography curator and advisor. She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Photofusion in Brixton and a member of the Maud Sulter Advisory Board. Katy has been focussed on photography for the past 15 years, working with museums, festivals, galleries, collectors and artists in a variety of capacities such as curating exhibitions both in the UK and abroad, advising museums and collectors on acquisitions, running artists’ residencies and prizes and mentoring photography groups as well as writing exhibition catalogues and attending portfolio reviews in the UK and abroad. She studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Magdalen College, Oxford.

Sir Brian Pomeroy, CBE

Brian was the Senior Partner of Deloitte Consulting until 1999 when he took up a number of public, private and voluntary sector appointments. From 2007 to 2013 he was Chair of the Photographers’ Gallery in London. He holds an MA in Photography and is an active photographer (ARPS) and collector of photographs and photo-books. He is Chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, which awards photography and moving-image book prizes, and Chair of the Royal Photographic Society’s Awards Committee.

Taous Dahmani

Taous is a photography historian working between Paris and Oxford. She is currently a PhD fellow at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris. Since 2019 Taoushas been a researcher attached to the Maison Française in Oxford. She is on the editorial board of The Eyes, an annual bilingual photography magazine. You can regularly read her work as a photography critic in specialized publications and hear her talks in photo-related events. 

Joanna Vestey

Joanna Vestey is a practising artist/photographer based in Oxford.   She holds an MA in Social Anthropology and Development from SOAS and has recently completed a practice-based PhD at USW.  Her doctoral studies focused on shifts in materiality and technology and photography’s place within this.  Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in permanent collections.  She is passionate about social change and is always interested in how photography and the arts can be used to both affect and effect this.

John Hunt

John is an Oxford-based photographer, filmmaker and educator. He is a part-time Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Northampton and a visiting lecturer at the University of Winchester and Buckinghamshire New University where he teaches filmmaking and cinematography. John has been a professional photographer and filmmaker for over twenty years and works with a wide range of clients in Oxford and further afield. As a media trainer, John works with a wide range of companies and organisations, such as Oxford University, IMG Media Group and Screwfix to name a few. John holds an MA with distinction in Film, Photography and Media from the University of Leeds and is working on a PhD application. He is a tutor at Film Oxford, teaching lighting and cinematography. He is a management trustee for Film Oxford and the Chair of Directors for Film Oxford Productions.

Benet Slay

Benet is an entrepreneur and businessman with expertise focused on developing strategy and effective operational execution that challenges conventional boundaries. This expertise was developed both in large businesses and in start-up organisations primarily in the UK, Western Europe and the USA. He has had a lifelong interest in photography.

Uwe Ackermann

Uwe is a Professor Emeritus of Physiology and amateur photographer, living and exhibiting in Oxford. This background has led naturally to special interests in sharing, examining and discussing photography and its many roles. His special interest is in creating in Oxford a hub that is powered by the tension and dialogue between photographers who continue in the tradition of describing the world around them, and those artists who create novel visual ideas in a medium where almost everything that can be photographed has already been photographed. He is a Council member of the marine conservation charitable trust, the Seamark Trust, and a member of the Oxford Photographic Society.