Meet our team of talented, highly skilled educators based at the Hair Ministry Group Academy in Ipswich.
Donna G - Director/Assessor
Donna has over 35 years of hairdressing experience and opened the doors of her first Hair Ministry salon 22 years ago. With her forward thinking , innovative approach she has now gone on to successfully open three more salons and now her new project, the academy! Donna is a qualified teacher, assessor and IQA, a bleach specialist, colour specialist and cutting specialist. Both herself and educator Natalie were the first in UK to complete the 'Principles of Design Complete Cutting Design Course' and are now certified principles in design. She believes you can never stop learning and educating yourself and with that has attended over 150 training courses with the best in the hairdressing industry like Sophia Hilton, Desmond Hurry, Daniel Grainger, Ben Brown, the list goes on. Donna truly believes apprentices are the future of the salon and her favourite saying is 'Train staff well enough they can leave, treat them well enough and they won't want to!'
As well as hairdressing education Donna is currently planning some business coaching courses. These will be available some time in 2022.
Natalie - Assessor/Educator
Natalie started her apprenticeship at Hair Ministry 20 years ago and is one of our most highly requested stylists. She has attended many courses over the years, she is a Schwarzkopf Colour Master and she was one of the first in the UK to complete the Redken Principles of Hair Design course. Natalie has also been trained by some incredible names in the industry, some of these being Ben Brown, Desmond Murray, Daniel Granger and Debbie G. She also helped out on a Schwarzkopf photo shoot for the launch of a new campaign.
Education has now become Nat's main focus within Hair Ministry. At the beginning of her career in education Natalie attended the Redken Train the Trainer course. She has been an assessor for over 5 years now and is such a motivational and highly respected mentor for all of our apprentices.
Nat's favourite aspect of hairdressing is short hair and precision cutting, many of our qualified stylists go on to attend further education with Natalie to perfect their short hair cutting skills and gain more confidence in this area. She is also renowned for creating some amazing bright/vivid colours and loves getting creative with other team members and passing down her knowledge.
Natalie is in charge of our students training plans and ensuring they are hitting their goals and helps guide them through each unit until they've mastered it. Although Natalie has attended lots of courses, she believes you never stop learning and is extremely motivated to keep learning new things and passing this on to the team. She says one of the best parts of her job is seeing learners with a big smile on their face because they have created something amazing they should be so proud of!
Tia - Educator
Tia has been in the industry for 17 years, starting as a Saturday girl at 14, completing her hairdressing NVQ and consistently growing and learning, she has achieved so many incredible things through out her career.
Having gone to London for 4 years working for Headmasters, she gained experience in hairdressing photography, she assisted Jonnie Biles at London Fashion Week and from here is where she began her role in education. Tia is now working towards completing her assessors course.
Tia loves creating beautiful, timeless hair styles and treating hair as though it's a piece of art, she believes that the hair is your canvas but the condition is always the key element to any great style. Having won 2 awards in Avant-garde competitions, she is the best person to pass down her knowledge to our young learners.
With a calming nature and a lot of patience, Tia is very successful when it comes to educating and motivates the team to keep learning and keep trying, even when it takes time. Nothing makes her happier then seeing people get excited about learning new things and the moment when they just 'get it' is the best feeling!
Carly - Educator
Carly is the newest addition to our education team, but she has been with Hair Ministry for 12 years and we can't wait for her to pass all of her amazing knowledge down to our students.
She is a total perfectionist and takes time when educating to ensure the importance of this is passed down to the team. Carly's easy-going nature makes who ever she is educating instantly feel at ease, with her passion showing through in everything she does.
Some of Carly's favourite things to create in salon are balayage, bright colours and bobs. She is also a bleach specialist, hair up specialist - she has created so many beautiful up-do's for weddings and proms, and is also a head full of knowledge when it comes to cutting and styling curly hair. Having previously won competitions for avant-garde styles, she is also a great mentor in this area. Carly is so passionate about growing her career and going down the route of education and she says sharing her enthusiasm, skill and knowledge to help apprentices gain their qualifications and stylists that may need some extra support is going to be so rewarding and satisfying! We are pleased so say Carly is also working her way towards to being an in salon assessor.