COMMITTEE wef 9 February 2019

Alan Bousfield ARPS


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Alan has been interested in wildlife imagery from an early age, and was envious of people like David Attenborough and his BBC Wildlife cameramen. He would have loved a career in photography, but alas his parents convinced him engineering was a better option.
He obtained an Honours Degree in Wildlife Photography from Lancaster University in July 2009 and applied for ARPS Exemption status, allowing him to work for a Fellowship, which he failed at his first attempt. But, not to be deterred, he is currently working on two different panels.
In December 2016, Alan took over as Centre Organiser for the DIG Thames Valley Centre.

Mike Reed ARPS


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When Mike retired, he decided it was time to become computer literate by ditching his film cameras and wet darkroom for a Casio 3MP camera and Photoshop 2. His main enjoyment is in the field of Audio Visual, and through this was awarded his Associateship in 2008, and subsequently a CPAGB. He is chair of the Mid Thames Audio Visual Group and an active member of Windlesham & Camberley Camera Club.

Janice Payne ARPS

Programme Secretary

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Janice has enjoyed photography from the age of eight when her father gave her his old Box Brownie camera to take on a family holiday to Italy.
Progressing through his other old ‘film’ cameras until at the age of 16 when her parents gave her a Voigtländer Vito B 35mm SLR, that has stood her in good stead for a good 30 years or more, a camera she still has today although it not now used.
She was a late starter to the digital world in 2007 with a renewed interest in flower and garden photography, purchasing a Fujifilm compact camera, quickly progressing through a couple of Sony Alpha DSLR cameras and trying a wider variety of genres including a love of the landscape.
She still uses the Sony system with an array of lenses but has recently purchased the much lighter weight Fujifilm CSC mirrorless XT1 camera and some XF lenses.
Janice joined the RPS in 2010 obtaining her LRPS, and in 2015 she submitted a panel of prints to be assessed for an ARPS distinction which she was very proud to obtain, even more so upon being asked if the panel could be used for future advisory days.
She has enjoyed being a member of Hailsham Photographic Society since 2011, where she is currently External Competition Secretary.
Janice has her own website at

Carol Drew

Ticket Administrator & Secretary

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Carol has been passionate about photography ever since her father gave her his old camera when she was eight.  She joined the RPS rather later (around 2007) and also joined the committee of the DIG Thames Valley Centre round about the same time, first as an ordinary member, but very soon took on the roles of Secretary and Ticket Administrator.  She has been an active member of Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club for more than 20 years, and is currently their Treasurer.  She wasn’t drawn into the digital world of photography until about 2005, having been a keen B&W darkroom worker. Carol’s photography covers a wide range of subjects, but she still favours moody monochromatic images.

Alan Cross BSc LRPS

Web Editor & Database Admin

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Alan has been a member of the RPS for over two decades and a member of the DI Group for much of that time. He achieved his 'L' in 2004, and had been promising himself ever since that he would 'soon' try for his 'A'! He joined the Committee of the Thames Valley Centre in 2008, when it was near to closure, and was instrumental in transforming Thames Valley into the thriving DIG Centre it is today.
In his time with the Thames Valley Centre, Alan has been its Web Editor, Database Administrator and Treasurer (he returned to the role of Web Editor in January 2019 after the departure of Chris Tank). Alan has always resisted taking the role of Centre Organiser, feeling that he is more useful in the ‘boiler-room’! He has also had a spell on the main DI Group Committee, responsible for its web and the Projected Image Competition.
He served for many years on the committee of the Windsor Photographic Society (including as Chairman), and has been granted Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his work for the Club.
In 2014, after moving to Shoreham-by-Sea, he joined Steyning Camera Club in West Sussex, where he was on the committee as their Publicity Officer from 2017 to 2019.
In 2015, he made the decision to abandon his Canon dSLR kit in favour of a Micro-Four-Thirds system, and is now a dedicated Olympus user.
Alan's photography is fairly broad in nature, though he does favour the urban landscape and images with a strong graphic message.

Dave Beaumont

Technical Coordinator

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David started photography back in his teens with a Brownie 127, followed by a Zenit E, and then the EOS 100 (all of which he still has).  Moving into digital he stayed with Canon, and around 2010 met up with Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club, regularly entering competitions. As for genre, Dave says “well if it’s a picture worth taking, then I take it”, but, given the choice, sports photography would be his favourite.

Janet Barton

General Committee Member

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Janet joined the Thames Valley Centre committee in 2009. After a period of time as Treasurer, she moved to the post of Programme Secretary in 2011, and has been putting together our very successful programmes of events up to 2016. She is a member of the Windlesham & Camberley Camera Club, where she serves on the committee as Programme Secretary.
Janet covers a variety of tasks for the Thames Valley Centre, but her main role is provisioning and running the kitchen to ensure that all attendees are provided with refreshments throughout the day.