On the first Monday each December, the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Luncheon and Awards signifies the start of the festive period – the hairdressing industry’s unofficial Christmas party!
Celebrating a year of a achievements of Fellowship members and the successes of the hair industry as a whole, this year’s event took place in its new home at the InterContinental on London’s glittering Park Lane.
Chancellor Ashleigh Hodges opened proceedings and reigning President Ken Picton joined her on stage. He acknowledged the successes of the Fellowship, including the launch of the acclaimed online education platform, The Knowledge. “The Fellowship is all about creativity and opportunity for our members and sponsors and that is what truly makes us unique,” he said. “As we enter 2020, we have to be true to our core values, as what other industry can connect with the human spirit like ours can on a daily basis? Our projects have had a record number of applications this year, our sponsorship is the highest it’s ever been and our membership is growing daily – I’ve been Mr President for seven months now and I’ve loved every second.
Before lunch was served, the Fellowship recognised members’ achievements with the awarding of medals to the Fellows with Honours and Distinction, the Salutation Awards for press and the Roll of Recognition for Fellowship supporters, as well as paying tribute to the late Sean Nolan from HOB Salons.
Following a lovely meal, it was time for the Fellowship Awards, and the announcement of the 2020 F.A.M.E. Team. Before the names were revealed, Nick Irwin and the 2019 team said their goodbyes – with Nick handing over the reins after three remarkable years to new Team Leader, Jamie Stevens.
The final moment of recognition was for Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year – named as Sally Brooks, for her monumental contributions to British hairdressing as a creative, a business owner and a passionate educator working to inspire more people into the industry.
With the awards over, it was time for the after party – this year, hosted in the InterContinental’s bar with live music from Alex Francis. Guests drank and danced well into the evening, getting into the festive spirit and celebrating a truly brilliant 2019.
This year winners…
Fellow with Honours
Paul Dennison, Ken Picton
Andy Heasman, Rush
Fellow with Distinction
Member of the Year
Marlene Lamont, Urban Hair and Beauty
Stewart Roberts, Haircuts for Homeless
Individual Salon of the Year
Toni & Guy Canary Wharf
Salon Group of the Year
Fellowship Snapshot Image of the Year
HOB Creative Team
Fellowship Image of the Year
Andrew Heasman, RUSH
Colour Project Achiever of the Year
Project X Student of the Year
F.A.M.E. Team 2020
Brooke Evans, BE Ironbridge
Casey Coleman, CHAIR
Brandon Messinger, The Hair Movement
Jose Domene, Hare and Bone
Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year
Sally Brooks, Brooks and Brooks