Photofusion | Board of Directors

Photofusion announces recent changes in its governing Board of Directors

Following the departure of Christopher Everard as Chair of the Board and Julie Gavin as Deputy Chair of the Board in March 2016, several new appointments have been made to strengthen the oversight of Photofusion as the organisation engages with a challenging business environment to provide for the future of this 25 year old non-profit, members’ organisation.

Joining existing Directors Brandei Estes, Charles Swan and Christiane Monarchi, who was recently elected Chair of the Board, are new Directors Christopher Will and Anne Williams. Anne and Christopher bring strategic, academic and business acumen to the governance of Photofusion.

All of the Board and staff wish to thank Christopher Everard and Julie Gavin for their time, energy and enthusiasm in working for the future of Photofusion, and we now look forward to the coming months of strategic importance for the organisation, which have been helped by the hard work these professionals have put in the many months before.

Photofusion Board of Directors

Christiane Monarchi (Chair of the Board) is the founding editor of the online magazine Photomonitor, dedicated to photography and lens-based media in the UK and Ireland. Christiane writes on photography for a variety of publications, has lectured at photography programmes including Central Saint Martins, Coventry, Sotheby’s Institute, UCA Rochester and Westminster, has curated the most recent Photo50 exhibition at London Art Fair (2017), served as selector at Brighton Photo Fringe (2016), Uncertain States (2015) and Fathom/Four Corners residencies (2014, 2015) and judges competitions including Portrait Salon (2014) and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (2016). She has reviewed portfolios for festivals including FORMAT, WPO, Photo Ireland and Kaunas Photo Festival. She holds degrees including an MA in Contemporary Art History from Sotheby’s Institute, an MBA from Columbia University (NY) and BA (Economics) from Rice University. Christiane previously worked as a financial analyst with positions at CS First Boston, Lehman Brothers and Gartmore Investment Management in the US and the UK.

Anne Williams is Creative Director for PhotoLab at London College of Communication. Winner of the Royal Photographic Society Education Award 2012, she has been instrumental in developing a tradition of conceptually strong practice at London College of Communication, and her students and graduates have won many awards. Anne has been engaged as a consultant in various capacities relating to contemporary and fine art photography, arts funding bodies and photography education.

Brandei Estes, Director, Specialist, Head of Photographs department, Sotheby’s London graduated with Honours from University College London in History of Art and Italian and spent over ten years working in photography and contemporary art galleries in London and Paris before joining Sotheby’s in 2013. Brandei has been a judge and nominator for numerous international photography awards including the Prix Pictet, and currently serves as the Chair for the advisory committee of The Photographers Gallery TPG Contemporaries in London. Brandei also lectures throughout the year on collecting photographs and the photography market for public and private institutions, museums, galleries and fairs.

Charles Swan is a partner at media law firm Swan Turton LLP. He advises on copyright, privacy and all aspects of the law applicable to photographers. He was the first non-photographer director of the Association of Photographers and a contributor to the legal sections in its publication Beyond The Lens.

Christopher Will is a consultant business analyst, specialising in corporate intelligence and analysis. For the bulk of his career he was an investment analyst focused on European companies. This included 25 years at Lehman Brothers in London. He is a graduate in Law from Aberdeen University, Scotland. More recently he studied photography at Kensington and Chelsea College.