Sport Picture Desk Editor at the Press Association, based in the Nottingham office of Press Association Images (www.pressassociation.com/images).
I joined the company (EMPICS Sport) in 1998 a few years prior to the Press Association Images take over in 2004. I progressed quickly through the ranks starting off as an assistant on the EMPICS Sport Picture Desk, learning the basic editing skills I needed to get me started, on from this I was taken under the wing of Mike Egerton (Sport Photographer and all round good chap, don’t tell him I said that……) in 2000. Mike, passed on his knowledge of how to edit from live events along with the processing of film, sometimes in the strangest of places, I enjoyed my time travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles and large parts of the continent but sadly my time on the road came to end soon after the UEFA European Championships in Portugal in 2004 the need for an onsite editor was much less especially following the companies decision to switch over to digital in the early 2000’s. I returned to an office based position overseeing the remote editing of images using “Shootlive Technology” (“Shootlive” was developed and tweaked for many years by the Press Association and this technology was, and still is used today to edit live content remotely within seconds of capture). In 2006/7 I was promoted to the Sport Picture Desk Editor of EMPICS Sport, where I responsible for the planning of assignments for a small group of skilled sports photographers, in 2008 that particular role was made redundant and I was fortunate enough to be handed the role I still preside today of Sport Picture Desk Editor of the Press Association, a big jump from a group of 6 local photographers to a large group of photographers based all over the UK, a role I enjoy and hope to enjoy for many more years to come.
Photography is just a hoby for me, it brings to me a great deal of satisfaction to capture the memorable moments of our family life.