1854 advisory panel

1854 Media’s advisory panel, established January 2020, draws leading industry figures from commerce, the arts, culture and media, to help fulfil our mission: “To discover and empower the most talented photographers all over the world to realise their creative potential.”

Meet the 1854 advisory panel (with more names from around the world being announced soon):

Mexico City, 2008.
© Martin Parr Collection / Magnum Photos

Martin Parr Foundation

Martin Parr (UK)

Martin is one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation. With over 100 books of his own published and another 30 edited by Parr, his photographic legacy is already established. Martin also curates several major photography festivals and exhibitions.

A member of the Magnum agency since 1994, Martin was President from 2013 – 2017. His work has been collected and exhibited by leading museums, including the Tate, Pompidou, MOMA New York and the NPG London. In 2017 he established the Martin Parr Foundation.

© Felix Muennich


Felix Muennich (Spain)

Felix is a passionate photographer, looking at the world through a viewfinder for longer than he can remember. In business, he has obsessed the viewpoint of the digital consumer in senior management, retail and strategy roles at Umbro, Boston Consulting Group and Nike.

Having lived in the UK, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands and Greece, Felix holds a PhD from the LSE as well as degrees from Oxford University. He is currently based in Barcelona, where he leads Nike Inc’s omnichannel retail and membership offense for South Europe.

© Julia de Bierre /  Galerie Huit Arles

Galerie Huit Arles

Julia De Bierre (France & Malaysia)

Author, curator and heritage-conservationist, Julia was born in Malaysia and educated at Bristol University, UK. In 2007 Julia founded Galerie Huit Arles, a dedicated exhibition and residency space for both established and emerging photographers.

A Trustee of the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation and Honorary Citizen of the Ville d’Arles, Julia has collaborated with leading European arts institutions including the V&A and Factum Arte, residing between UNESCO World heritage sites Arles, France and George Town, Malaysia.

© Sir Brian Pomeroy

Kraszna-Krausz Foundation

Sir Brian Pomeroy CBE (UK)

Sir Brian was Chair of The Photographers’ Gallery from 2007 to 2013 . He is currently Chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation which awards prizes for outstanding photo-books and books about the moving image and is a Trustee of the Oxford Photography Festival.

Formerly a Senior Partner at Deloitte Consulting, Brian has held a number of public, private and voluntary appointments, currently Chair of the charity Age UK. He has also served as a member of the RPS Awards Committee and is an active photographer and collector.

© Orsolya Kőrösi

Capa Centre Budapest

Orsolya Kőrösi (Hungary)

Orsolya is the founder and managing director of the Robert Capa Center for Contemporary Photography in Budapest, the city where 100 hundred years ago Robert Capa, one of the greatest photojournalists, was born. 

As former Deputy Secretary of State Orsolya was responsible for domestic and international contemporary art relations, and prior to that was the director of both the largest organization of Hungarian journalists and the Balassi Institute.

© Jason Heward

Leica UK

Jason Heward (UK)

Managing Director of Leica UK, Jason over the last six years has positioned Leica within the centre of photography as sponsor of Photo London and by supporting new talent with The Photographers’ Gallery, and through Leica’s own gallery and commissions.

As a former head of consulting for a strategy and organisational development practice, Jason has worked for many private and public organisations. Prior to this he held senior roles in Government Departments for Business, Education and Equality.

© Marc Hartog


Howard Lee (UK)

Howard is a technology Founder & Investor with over 20 years experience delivering cutting edge technology products. His last startup, a multi-award-winning machine learning, big data & search technology company, was acquired by DHI Group [NYSE:DHX].

An advisor on both corporate M&A & Venture Capital investments, Howard was a founding investor in 1854 Media. He has a particular interest in Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain technologies and working on bringing new & innovative products to market.

© Sungwon Kim

Sungwon Kim

Sungwon Kim (Japan)

Sungwon was Born in Seoul 1985 and raised in Tokyo. An experienced project producer, he works across the advertising, creative and cultural industries, and as a capricious travel photographer, Sungwon speaks Japanese, Korean, English and Chinese.

Over a 12 year career with Dentsu Inc, Japan’s largest ad agency, Sungwon managed major international clients mainly in the automobile and music industries. He has recently commenced a sabbatical in London to pursue an MA at Goldsmiths.

© John Cairns

Matt McGowan

Matt McGowan (Canada & USA)

Matt is a born and bred New Yorker who has lived on 3 continents, now based in Toronto as General Manager for the camera company Snap Inc, owner of Snapchat. Previously Matt was strategy director for Google and worked with 1854’s CEO while running Incisive Media’s US operations.

An active adviser, board member and investor, Matt has a strong background in corporate strategy, sales and marketing, previously serving as President of Adestra and seeing through their acquisition by Upland Software for USD $61M+ in 2018.

© Lee Fulmer

Lee Fulmer

Lee Fulmer (Ireland & UK)

Lee has been straddling the creative and business worlds for all of his career, applying his creative abilities to business and his business experience to his creative practice. He works with digital and analogue, frequently combining his work in mixed media art pieces.

Formerly a reportage journalist, Lee pivoted to a career in finance when media began to be disrupted by digital technologies, with diverse roles ranging from the early days at Apple to his current position as Global Head of Innovation for a large investment bank.

© Schmoo Theune

Schmoo Theune

Schmoo Theune (Germany & USA)

Schmoo was born near New York, educated in Baltimore, worked in San Francisco, and now lives in Berlin. An Asian-American photographer, Schmoo is a visual artist whose stories have been featured in the BBC, LFI Magazine and the International Center of Photography.

After studies, Schmoo moved to Silicon Valley and spent nearly a decade with marketing teams developing content platforms and communities in the digital photography industry, now splitting her time between Europe and the USA working on her personal creative practice.

© Sandra Mickiewicz

Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts (UK)

Simon is a British photographer, widely published and exhibited, whose photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and the V&A. He has published four critically acclaimed monographs.

In 2010 Simon was commissioned as the official British Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the General Election. He also serves as a Trustee of Photoworks and ambassador to the Positive View charity. 

© Chris Bethell


Jon Mitchell (UK)

From senior management roles within the Virgin Group and as the CFO of thetrainline, Jon is a seasoned executive. He invested in 1854 Media in 2016 and joined the board, following his investment in two subsequent rounds and stepping down in 2019 to join the advisory panel.

A highly-skilled Chief Financial Officer, Jon has a successful track record of executing business turnaround, structural re-engineering, financial modelling, IPO preparation, M&A integration, sale and exit strategies.

© Rachel Barnes

Speciall Media

Carolyn Morgan (UK)

Carolyn has launched, acquired, grown and sold media businesses across print, digital and live events. Formerly a director at EMAP, Carolyn was a co-founder of the Specialist Media Show, which she sold to SIIA in 2013.

Now consulting with niche media businesses via her company Speciall Media, Carolyn invested in 1854 in 2016 and 2019, holds multiple non-executive directorships and chairs a variety of educational and technology committees and panels.

© Joe Phelan

Etoile Partners

Joe Phelan (UK)

Devising and leading global communications campaigns for a number of Governments, corporates and well known individuals, Joe is a talented communications expert. He is also a Trustee of The Photographers’ Gallery, a Future Contemporary of the Serpentine Gallery and a Young Patron of the Royal Academy.

As the European lead for the New York based Greatest Works Agency, Joe advises major educational and cultural institutions on ways to engage with new audiences and generate new streams of revenue. Joe is an investor in 1854 Media and joined 1854’s main board in January 2020.

© Dr Michael Pritchard

Royal Photographic Society

Dr Michael Pritchard (UK)

Michael has been actively involved in photography for more than thirty years, as a photographer, historian and educator. Michael joined the Royal Photographic Society as Chief Executive in 2011 and now directs the RPS’s education and public programmes.

Previously a specialist at Christie’s auction house, Michael holds a PhD in history of photography and organised and catalogued the Kodak Historical Collection at the British Library. He lectures internationally and edits the British photographic history blog.

©Carol Allen-Storey

Carol Allen-Storey

Carol Allen-Storey (USA & UK)

Carol is a multi-award-winning documentary photographer specialising in chronicling humanitarian and social issues. A UNICEF ambassador for photography, Carol’s work has been exhibited extensively in the UK, New York, Europe and Moscow.

A graduate of Central St. Martins and MA Columbia University, Carol is a native New Yorker, now residing in London. Carol sits on the boards of the AOP, the BPPA, as a patron for Photoworks. She is also a founding member of the World Photography Academy.