The Fellowship for British Hairdressing celebrated a momentous 2023 with their annual Luncheon and Hair Awards, held at The Londoner – the biggest and best independent networking and awards event in the industry.
2023 was a monumental year for the Fellowship, who celebrated their highest membership to date, a growing Executive Board, regional Centres of Excellence and the largest educational opportunities for their members. It was a time to celebrate the last 12 months and look forward to another fantastic year. The Luncheon was once again a chance to bring together over 400 industry guests from all over the UK, to unite and celebrate the achievements and growth throughout hairdressing.
Welcoming the crowd, Fellowship President Robert Eaton, thanked the audience for their support over the last year and shared an insight into what has been happening within the Fellowship, behind the scenes and as the team gradually move further into the North – a goal set by the President himself. Rob was then joined by CEO Barry Stephens who discussed the progress through the opportunities presented by the Fellowship and thanked the loyal sponsors, brand partners and members for uniting in creativity.
Alongside Chancellor Karoliina Saunders and Executive Board Members Michelle Griffin, Colin McAndrew, Simon Shaw, Andrew Barton, and Ashleigh Hodgesas well as special guest presenters, the Executive Board each shared their own vision and goals for the Fellowship, including giving the audience more information on their own journey and goals within the industry.
With the anticipation building the 2024 winners announcement began, with a host of fabulous names being awarded this year’s titles and trophies. As the awards were handed out, a very poignant award remained – something special for a man whose career has spanned six decades, and his commitment to the hairdressing industry unmatched. With a room filled with many of those who have come through his creative ranks, including Angelo Seminara Antoinette Beenders, Euguene Souleiman, Keith Harris, Sally Brooks, the Fellowship Lifetime Achievement Award
s was presented to Trevor Sorbie, MBE.
Sassoon Scholarship – James Kendell
Hairdotcom Scholarship – Naomi Brooks, The Hair Sanctuary
Trevor Sorbie Creative Scholarship – Erin Marley, Rein & Co
Member of the Year – Darrel Starkey
Fellow with Honours – Ashley Gamble, Emma Simmons, Marlene Lamont, Marnie Williams and Sharon Malcom
Fellow with Distinction – Junior Green Keith Harris Darren Messias
Gold Medal – Ken Picton
Presidents Award – The Lions Barber Collective
Clubstar Art Team – Olivia-Rose Brady
Project Afro – Hannah Marcia Larden
Project Colour – Allie Harknett
Project Extend – Marlene Lamont
Project Men – Kyle Dodson
Project Sassoon – Justine Weir
Snapshot Image of the Year – Sam Burnett, Hare & Bone
Men’s Image of the Year – Dom Capel, Lara Johnson Lifestyle
Colour Image of the Year – Angelo Seminara
Afro Image of the Year – Lisa Farrall, Wig London
International Image Award – Danny Pato, D&M Hair Design
Image of the Year – Angelo Seminara
Individual Salon of the Year – Brooks & Brooks
Salon Group of the Year – Goldsworthy’s
Session Stylist of the Year – Luke Benson
Educator of the Year – Lisa Farrall, Wig London
Hall of F.A.M.E. Award – Antoinette Beenders
2024 F.A.M.E. Team
Elle Foreman, Tribe Salons
Harry Andreou, Ventura Hair
Ilaria Bellemo, Toni & Guy
Stephen Campbell, Hair & Co
The Trevor Sorbie Award for Creative and Commercial Innovation– Roman Sys, Brooks & Brooks
Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year – Tracey Ann Smith, French & Ivi
Fellowship Lifetime Achievement Award – Trevor Sorbie MBE