About Us

Meet the Guild's Team


Behind every camera is someone who has a personal story, a photography journey and a creative thought process to inspire us all.

If you are a photographer,  the team at the Guild of Photographers can help you get the most from your camera, is that what matters most to the Guild, are the people behind the camera!

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Lesley Thirsk


Lesley was awarded the ultimate ‘Master Craftsman’ status by the previous Guild Director some years ago and operated a very succesful wedding photography business for nearly 20 years. She is a highly experienced, passionate, and creative photographer. Her relaxed training and mentoring approach are highly acclaimed.

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Steve Thirsk


Steve is a former policing commander whose problem-solving approach was acknowledged by the Home Office.  He is best known for his marketing flair and ‘out of the box’ creativity so can be of great assistance in helping you to promote, even diversify, your business.  He is a skilled advisor to those facing customer disputes.



Trade Partnership

Events | Roadshows

Email:  aimee@photoguild.co.uk




Email:  katrina@photoguild.co.uk



Image of the Month

Mentoring & Qualifications

Email:  carly@photoguild.co.uk



Creative Light Magazine

Website Support | Photo Directory

Email:  julie@photoguild.co.uk

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Our Incredible Judges and Mentors

Our Judges and Mentors regularly produce webinars and in-person training, details can be found here.

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Charlotte Bellamy

Judge / Mentor

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Jo Bradley

Judge / Mentor

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Heather Burns

Judge / Mentor

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Emma Campbell

Judge / Mentor

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Lesley Chalmers

Judge / Mentor

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Saraya Cortaville

Judge / Mentor

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Claire Elliott

Judge / Mentor

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Panikos Hajistilly

Judge / Mentor

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Lynne Harper

Judge / Mentor

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Gary Hill

Judge / Mentor

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Rob Hill

Judge / Mentor

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David Islip

Judge / Mentor

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Scott Johnson

Judge / Mentor

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Mark Lynham

Judge / Mentor

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Gordon McGowan

Judge / Mentor

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Gavin Prest

Judge / Mentor

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Hamish Scott-Brown

Judge / Mentor