John Swainston has been co-opted by the AIPP board as a new board member with immediate effect.
John was co-founder and managing director of then Nikon distributor, Maxwell for 24 years, prior to Nikon Australia forming in 2006.
Until 2015, he was senior vice president of DayMen, owners of the Lowepro and Joby brands, responsible for international distribution in Asia and Europe.
He has an illustrious record in industry affairs. He is a past president and treasurer of IDEA (formerly PICA) and is currently an advisory board member of the Head On Foundation. He has also held the role of deputy chair of the Australian Centre for Photography.
He presented the Nikon Walkley Australian Press Photographer of the Year Awards for the last 19 years and has been an international keynote speaker in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
The national president of the AIPP, Vittorio Natoli, said John Swainston, who is also an Honorary Fellow of the AIPP, has the experience and skill required for the role.
‘Good governance is best achieved when a board has diversity in age, gender and skill sets.
‘John brings to the role a wealth of experience, not just in the photographic industry, but also in business governance, senior management and entrepreneurship,’ he said.
John is also an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. He said the profession of photography is undergoing ‘profound changes’.
‘I see education – in both business and craft – to be a vital differentiator for the AIPP.
‘In coming years I believe the customer base for pro photography services will have its best opportunity for sustainable growth through marketing these differences.
‘I hope my skills will specifically add to the financial strength of the organisation, while delivering enhanced value in membership to such a diverse group of creative practitioners,’ he said.
He currently runs his own business advisory consultancy, while also writing a book – An Australian Point of View – a series of interviews with leading Australian photographers about their work.
The AIPP Board for 2016/17 is: Vittorio Natoli (President); Melinda Comerford (Chairman); David Glazebrook (Treasurer); Kylie Lyons; Nick Ghionis; Paul Atkins; and John Swainston.