A college lecturer has become the first person from an education provider to be recognised by an elite hairdressing society.
East Durham College barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood has added to her many accolades by being awarded membership to the Fellowship for British Hairdressing Creative Excellence.
Membership to the prestigious society is usually only awarded to retail barbers and hairdressers; Alison is the first member to come from an education background.
To qualify for membership, Alison had to register her interest before being invited to London to present a fully-styled model to a panel of six judges at the Wella Hair Academy.
East Durham College barbering student, Craig Harman, had the honour of being Alison’s model at the event and her alternative look impressed the judges and fellowship members.
Alison said: “This is truly the high point of my career so far.
“It’s a real honour to have my work recognised by the fellowship and now to be a member of this highly respected society alongside some true greats in the hair and barbering world, such as Errol Douglas and Trevor Sorbie, means everything to me.
“And being the first person to be recognised from an education background, I hope I can pass on my knowledge to other fellowship members to educate them about the importance of recognised qualifications in hairdressing and barbering.”
Not only was Alison offered membership to the fellowship; she has now been invited to present on their stand at national hairdressing convention, Salon International, in London this October.
Alison added: “It is amazing to be offered the chance to share my skills and knowledge on behalf of the fellowship at this year’s Salon International.
“It is a chance for me to show people, working in the sector, the great work that goes on outside of the salon in the education sector, setting students up for great careers in our fantastic industry.”
For more information in courses in hairdressing and barbering at East Durham College, please visit wwww.eastdurham.ac.uk or contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.