Royal Photographic Society Widens Focus on Education

15 May 2018

Society news

The Royal Photographic Society has appointed its first ever Chief Operating Officer. There is to be a renewed focus on education and a move from Bath to an exciting new headquarters in the Creative Quarter of Bristol.

The newly appointed COO is Mike Taylor, who has a wealth of experience in the charity sector, running not-for-profit organisations. Mike, who moves into his new post on 18 June, will be responsible to the Trustees for delivering The Society’s strategic plan, associated organisational changes and day-to-day operations. He said: “I am delighted to be joining the RPS at this important time in its history. We will raise our profile and status and reach out to the wider public. This will fulfil our objectives and enhance our global reputation for promoting photography of the highest standards. The new building will be the catalyst for a major programme of workshops, lectures and exhibitions.’’

The Chief Executive, Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, will move to a new position as Director of Education and Public Affairs. His role will be crucial in delivering a strengthened education offering to fulfil The Society’s obligations under the Royal Charter. Michael will remain the main point of contact for external organisations, partnerships and the media.

RPS President Robert Albright HonFRPS, speaking on behalf of the Board of Trustees, said: “We are the longest standing photographic organisation in the world and have achieved this position by consistently moving with the times. Our strengthened management team will enable us to fulfil our Charter objectives; these are to increase the public’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of photography. On behalf of the Trustees I would like to welcome Mike to The Society and to congratulate Michael on his new role. A bright future beckons!

For further information please contact:  
Dr Del Barrett, Vice President, telephone: 07831 487606 / e:  

14 May 2018

Note for editors:

The new building in Bristol will be ready for occupation in late 2018 or early 2019.

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The Royal Photographic Society is a charity which exists to educate members of the public by increasing their knowledge and understanding of Photography and in doing so to promote the highest standards of achievement in Photography in order to encourage public appreciation of Photography.