Neil Hallam MSc, MCIOJ
Neil Hallam is a freelance photojournalist based in Nottingham, England. His media career began in the 1980s as a photographer for Mansfield Brewery’s trade magazine. He shot his first wedding in 1987, leading to many years of experience with weddings, events, portraiture and commercial photography.
He is a contributor to magazines as diverse as Police World and Cycling Active. A keen motorcyclist throughout his adult life, Neil contributes to motorcycle magazines in: Australia, USA and Britain. Published work includes: touring articles, road tests and technical features.
Neil's knowledge of the outdoors is built on a lifetime of outdoor pursuits and expeditions to remote areas including the Himalayas and Mongolia.
An experienced Scout Instructor, he advises the county leadership on climbing, walking and mountain biking. He holds National Governing Body awards in all three disciplines.
Published outdoor features include: cycling, mountaineering, trekking, and shooting in locations throughout the world.
Neil is the Police Technical advisor to the scriptwriters of ITV's Coronation Street and BBC's Waterloo Road.
Utilising skills from his police and journalism careers, Neil conducts Public Engagement on behalf of Highways England, on high profile road building projects.
Neil's career began in the law, as a Chartered Legal Executive, moving to the Police, for a 23 year career. His journalism experience includes five years seconded to the Home Office as Communications Officer at the Police National CBRN Centre.
He has an MSc in Disaster Management and i is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists (MCIJ), the world's oldest organisation for journalists
Elaine Hallam trained under internationally recognised photographer Martine Hamilton-Knight. Her photographs have illustrated many of Neil’s published articles.
Elaine also works in FE post 16 education, where she specialises in working with deaf learners of all ages. She is fluent in British Sign Language, SSE and Lipspeaking.
Supporting deaf students across a huge range of subjects has given Elaine a very broad knowledge base and range of personal interests. These range from construction trades, GCSE subjects, crafts and needlework, and into motivational training. She also teaches Deaf Awareness and Introduction to British Sign Language courses. She has also completed the entire three year course from which chef Sat Bains first qualified. Her experience provides Lauman with a huge knowledge base and a long contact list of expert contributors.
Elaine’s background in education has found a niche within Lauman, by becoming their main proof reader.