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The Council is governed by a group of volunteer Councillors elected by the membership. The official tenure for President, Vice President and Immediate Past President is a maximum of two years, however all Councillors are up for re-election each year. The President and Vice President allocate portfolios of responsibility for each Councillor which is based on Councillors having a particular skill set or expertise to enable the smooth running of the organisation.

Council appoints the positions of Treasurer and Secretary.

The current PSNZ Council members are:

Moira Blincoe LPSNZ

As President, Moira has overall responsibility of guiding the Councillors through the myriad of tasks to ensure the Society delivers the services and benefits to members in each calendar year.  Moira, in conjunction with the Executive officers developed the five year Strategic Plan and will monitor the tactical outcomes to ensure the Society achieves the identified goals. She is also responsible for the Governance of the Society and as such will lead the Executive team through the completion of a Rules revision process.

Vice President

Karen Lawton


As Vice President Karen fulfills a number of roles, including Vice-Chair of the Finance & Audit committee, Vice Chair of the Rules committee and Chair of the ByLaws committee.  Based in Auckland Karen will also be the Councillor for Partnerships and Sponsors which involves developing and managing the relationships and agreements with the Society’s valued trade partners, as well as developing opportunities for new sponsorships.

Immediate Past President
Peter Robertson LPSNZ

As Immediate Past President Peter’s key role, after a hectic two year period as President, is to act as an advisory and support to the President and Council.  With a wealth of Society knowledge and experience, Peter will work closely with Moira and Karen to complete a review of all the ByLaws and the Constitution.  He is also assisting in the development of new national competition categories and awards.

David Knightley
David is responsible for all number related activities for every aspect of the Society. He liaises with all Clubs hosting any PSNZ event in establishing budgets and approving the same.  He liaises with the appointed Auditing company and ensures all required financial reporting related to Charitable Organisations is current and complete. He will also contribute to the Strategic Planning.

Patrice Nilsen
Patrice is the ‘right hand’ woman of the Council.  She ably assists the President, Vice President and all members of Council with all administrative and reporting activities.  She is often the eyes and ears for Society activities and ensures nothing falls through the cracks when Council activities are running hot.

Ann is the Councillor for the New Zealand International Salon, and the FIAP liaison officer.  Ann managed the return of the successful PSNZ International Salon in 2017 and is currently guiding the organising committee for the 2018 Salon. As the FIAP liaison officer Ann will represent New Zealand at various FIAP Congress meetings, with the 2018 Congress taking place in Durban, South Africa in September 2018.  She has also taken on the responsibility of managing New Zealand’s participation in the Four Nations competition.

Toya Heatley APSNZ
Upper Hutt
Toya is the Councillor for Information Technology, most significantly ensuring the Society’s website is robust and current.  Toya is also Councillor for the  2018 Regional Convention and 2019 National Convention, Hutt2019.

Paul Whitham LPSNZ
Upper Hutt
Paul Whitham is the Editor and designer of the PSNZ by-monthly digital magazine, CameraTalk. This includes liaison with all members, Council, Clubs and the sub-editor. He is also the liaison Councillor for the NZ Camera editorial team, and currently the Chairman of the Convention Organising Committee for Hutt2019, the 67th PSNZ National Convention.

Vivianne Baldwin APSNZ
Vivianne  is responsible for Membership including new members and the Membership Directory.She also looks after the PSNZ Help Sheets and Print Circles, and future National and Regional Conventions.

Mary Hinsen
Mary is responsible for the Communications and Marketing for the Society, which includes maintaining the PSNZ brand identity, developing and managing our social media presence and creating our Blogs.  She will also manage the public relations for all Society events and member successes. Mary is the ‘go to’ communications contact for all affiliated Clubs and members.

Tony Venning-Thomas LPSNZ
Tony is the Councillor for National Competitions.  This includes providing guidance and assistance to clubs hosting the Society’s domestic competitions, including the PSNZ Canon National Exhibition, the regional salons, Interclub competitions, Canon Online and the Jack Sprosen Trophy. Tony is also the liaison councillor for non-PSNZ salons such as North Shore Salon, Trenna Packer and New Brighton Photojournalism.

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