The Hair Academy Team
The hair academy team consists of highly qualified tutors who are continuously maintaining and developing their hairdressing and teaching skills, ensuring they have total commitment to supporting students throughout their training programme by inspiring, motivating and enthusing learners in a fun and innovative way, keeping passion for the industry to the forefront of each learner’s training experience
Kay Holmes – Training Manager/IV
I have been within the field of hairdressing for more than 29 years and I am passionate about the hairdressing industry and all it encompasses. Over the years I have been a style director, salon manager, educator and IV.
A few years ago I was offered the exciting opportunity to become the training manager for The Hair Academy. A role which is very different from hairdressing but equally exciting, challenging and rewarding.
Seeing The Academy from another perspective has given me the drive and ambition, along with an amazing team to support the new apprentices to be the successful hairstylists of tomorrow.
Amanda Bellenie – Academy Manager
I have been in the hairdressing industry for 25+ years and at The Hair Academy for 10. I am part of an enthusiastic and friendly team.
I teach NVQ levels 2,3,4, Barbering and Customer Service at levels 2 and 3. I am very passionate and enjoy passing my knowledge and experience onto those who have the same creativity and passion.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy watching boxing and family days out.
JANE BURNS – ASSESSOR
I have been hairdressing for 30 years starting with work experience when I was 14. I have always worked in salons and have run my own business for 9 years.
I achieved my TAQA and PTLLS teaching qualifications 2 years ago and that’s where my teaching career began.
I joined the hair academy in October 2017 at the new Folkestone site and I am excited to be involved in the new venture.
I get great satisfaction teaching and seeing the next generation progress and achieve their qualifications.
I have an active lifestyle and love socialising, going to gigs and taking the family skiing.
Claire Goodger – ASSESSOR
I have been working in the hairdressing industry for 29 years. My career started by working in a local salon as a Saturday girl at the age of 14.
At 16 the salon offered me an apprenticeship where I completed my NVQ level 2 and level 3 hairdressing qualifications. Since then I have worked in various salons and enhanced my practical skills and gained a clear understanding of the hairdressing industry.
At the age of 22 I applied for a job as a trainee assessor, where I assisted with training students on their apprenticeship programme. I found this position very challenging and very rewarding. Since then I have worked in various posts in schools, colleges and the private sector delivering level 2, 3 and pre 16 hairdressing programme. I have assessors, IV and cert ED qualifications.
I enjoy supporting learners towards their long term goals and I find the job very rewarding and every day is a challenge.
I have learnt to be very patient and be very supportive to all learners
I recently joined the hair academy in Folkestone as an assessor and look forward to my new venture.
In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and spending time with my family.
Anna Kettle – ASSESSOR
I have been working at The Hair Academy for 5+ years, before this I was a busy stylist in a salon. During my time in the salon I was asked to take some of the training sessions and really enjoyed it. I was due a change of career, but did not want to give up hairdressing. I applied for a position at The Hair Academy and never looked back.
I enjoy passing on my knowledge and teaching the next generation of stylists, every day is different. I work with a great group of assessors who each bring something different to the Academy. We all make learning fun and interactive.
When I am not working at the Academy you can find me out in my caravan or watching Motorsports, I especially love Formula 1.
Alison Ball – ASSESSOR
I work as an Assessor at The Hair Academy 2 days a week training NVQ level 2 work based learners. I also work as a stylist in a salon which keeps me current and connected to salon experiences.
I love the creativity and variety of hairdressing as a career, every day is different and brings new challenges and opportunities. I moved into teaching gradually over the years and get enormous satisfaction from watching the learners develop the skills they will need to become successful, busy stylists in the future.
At The Hair Academy, we offer personalised training to meet individual needs in small, friendly groups and in an encouraging atmosphere to enable them to reach their full potential.
In my personal time I enjoy fitness classes and love to ski in the French Alps on holiday.
LISA WARE – ASSESSOR
Since seeing my mum disappear into our bathroom to perm, cut and set her hair, I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser…… I was nine.
When I left school, I attended Mid-Kent College and after 2 years of hard work and dedication, I achieved my City and Guilds NVQ level 2 in Hairdressing. When I left College (1986), I worked in a salon until the December, at which time I opened my own salon…… I was 18. I was always ambitious and had no doubt I could succeed, so with family backing, I was owner, manager and stylist. I ran my salon for 13 years until I started a family of my own at the age of 31. I sold my business to commit to family life, once the children were less dependent I knew it was time to search for something new.
Since then I have attended various courses at college and independent training providers to achieve my Advanced City and Guilds level in Hairdressing, Assessors Award and Internal Quality Assurance Award (IQA).
My most recent achievement was completing a 2 year University course in Teaching and Training, it was demanding…. yet enjoyable. While I was studying I also taught at 2 schools teaching the next generation of stylists ranging from 14 – 18 year olds.
In September 2015, I was fortunate enough to join the team at The Hair Academy, which is my dream job! I love the teamwork and support the Academy provides and the variety of teaching and assessing, both in external salons and at the main Academy site in Ashford.
Deborah Linford – ASSESSOR
Hairdressing has always been my passion, from an early age I knew that’s what I wanted to do!! In the last 26 years I have worked for 4 different salons, gaining knowledge and experience on my way. I have owned and ran my own salon and met lots of interesting people.
I joined The Hair Academy to work with learners and show them the joy of hairdressing so they can become as passionate about the hair industry as I am.
Outside of the Academy, I enjoy socialising with my friends, watching a good movie with my husband and standing on a wet and windy football pitch on a Saturday morning watching my sons play football.
Deborah Jones (Lucy) – ASSESSOR
I joined the Hair Academy in July 2016, I started my hairdressing career as a Saturday girl at the age of 13. I completed my Levels 2 & 3 apprenticeship whilst working at the salon by then I was 19. After this I started to work for a salon based at London Bridge, London.
I always wanted to teach hairdressing, but while my children were young this was not possible. Once they were less dependent I decided, now is my time, I signed up to do a 2 yr university teaching degree (Diploma in Education and Training). I completed this qualification in May 2016 and after 21 years in London I made the big change and started working at The Hair Academy.
I am an external assessor and look after several learners based in salons in Kent. I love to see the learners grow in confidence every time I visit………. “I love my job!”
When I am not working at The Academy, I enjoy spending time with my family, going for country walks with the dog and watching my children play football.
KIRSTY BRUCE – ASSESSOR
I have been working in the hairdressing industry for twenty five years and it still excites me today. I love the ever changing fast paced environment of the fashion world and could not imagine ever leaving it.
My teaching career started when the enthusiastic apprentice would ask questions about what I was doing and why. I found I really enjoyed passing on my knowledge so I decided to complete my assessors award and have never look back, I love my job!
I went on to do my NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 in barbering and have completed various other courses to keep current and up-to-date.
Since completing my Assessor’s Award I was fortunate enough to join the team at The Hair Academy – which is my dream job, passing on my knowledge and seeing others progress the start of their careers. I love all the support and teamwork the Academy provides, as everyone is just as passionate as me.