Working for you, the Members

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Committee statement.


The energies of the Yorkshire regional committee underwrites the value of your membership by organising regular meetings, presenting high profile guest speakers who openly share their knowledge and expertise in all aspects of their business from capture technique to image processing and marketing. The meetings are held at various locations. Any surplus generated from the modest meeting admission fee and events is reinvested to benefit membership.As well as being a business and social networking opportunity members can also enjoy discounts from suppliers of equipment, insurance, services and materials.

Meet your Committee

Irene Cooper

I joined the Institute as a student in 1986. Twelve years later I was honoured to be elected as President (1998-99) and sat at the head of the board of directors. Over the years I have benefitted from education in Photography and tuition alongside industry experts.  In addition to my work as a Theatre Photographer, I recently achieved an MA in Photography at De Montfort University.

Having been an active member of the Yorkshire region committee for many years, I am looking to continue to support the membership and encourage it to grow, hopefully, by bridging the gap between new members and old. 

Working alongside the regional committee, the primary objective is to give all our members the opportunity to benefit from the wide range of talents that makes the Institute the premier organisation in photography. 

I look forward to seeing you at future events.

Irene Cooper

Joanne Gower
    Vice Chair

Joanne is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Yorkshire, and has been working professionally for ten years.  Joanne studied BA (Hons) in architecture and spatial design, but her passion for photography began almost 35 years ago at school, when she joined the camera club, beginning her photographic journey with black and white film.


Prior to her career as a professional photographer, Joanne held a variety of senior management roles including Executive Director of Hull Truck Theatre for ten years, and Events Coordinator for a consortium of 16 sixth form colleges across the north east region. She brings with her a wealth of experience in business development, events management, fund raising and people management, along with a lifelong passion for photography. 



Joanne achieved qualified Associate status in wedding photography in 2015, having been mentored by BIPP’s current president Kevin Wilson.

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Stuart Clark

Treasurer &

Hon Secretary

Industrial and later general practise photography, together with war service in the Army Film & Photographic Unit as a cine cameraman, and over fifty years of dedication to the Institute, have been my life.

While technology, working practises and scale have changed, the ethos of the Institute remains strong in its resolve, and though now non-practising, it is greatly rewarding to be

associated with you, the new practitioners of today. 

BIPP Yorkshire meetings and networking events reflect the energies, education, talent and skills of today’s membership, thus ensuring the continuity and quality of Yorkshire’s foremost photography practitioners. 

Michael Dean.
Web Advisor.

I live and work in Leeds running my own IT business and delivering Photography and Photoshop training workshops, I also work as a part time lecturer in Photography for Kirklees College - Batley School of Art.  In 2012 I successfully completed a BA in Photography and achieved my Qualified Licentiate (LBIPP). I don’t specialise in any one area of photography, but enjoy the technical side of working with still life in a studio and the freedom of shooting landscapes outdoors.

Stewart Jackson
 Student Liason

A career of over 20 years has included many aspects of commercial and advertising photography. I enjoy collaborating with corporate clients, publishers, picture editors, designers, independent businesses, and charitable organisations. I have been fortunate to have my work selected for a number of awards including those run by the BIPP, Association of Photographers, and Conde Nast. My non-commissioned work includes landscape, portrait, still life and abstract works.