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An Evening with the Fellowship

Thursday, 17 December 2020 12:17

The Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s annual Luncheon and Awards marks the start of the Christmas season for many in the industry, and while this year’s online alternative – An Evening with the Fellowship – may have looked a little different, it was still a suitably festive, fun-packed and celebratory occasion.

Working in collaboration with CS Media, who have helped to create the Fellowship’s incredible output of digital content throughout 2020, An Evening with the Fellowship was a dynamic and engaging live outside broadcast hosted by Fellowship President Ken Picton and Chancellor Ashleigh Hodges.

The seasonal – and safe – outside studio included separate sets for both Ken and Ashleigh, including a recreation of #MrPresident’s famous bar, which has been the setting for Drinks with the President throughout lockdown, the Fellowship Live Lounge for outdoor interviews, a live band to provide music throughout the broadcast and space for some very special socially-distanced guests to celebrate. Guests included Past Presidents Errol Douglas MBE, Bruno Marc and Karine Jackson, as well as Fellowship Project Leaders – including the newly-announced leader for Project: X, Sam Burnett of Hare and Bone. 

“Usually around this time of year, our Fellowship members would be coming together in a fancy ballroom somewhere on Park Lane, drinking Champagne, winning awards and celebrating as a community,” said Ken in his opening speech. “But with the ongoing challenges of social distancing, this year we’ve decided to bring the party to you instead!  We all know this has been a difficult year for our industry. From salon owners and our staff to session stylists, the list goes on. But what I’ve loved is how we’ve stayed strong as a community and come together more than ever. Out of difficult situations come fresh perspectives, new ideas and most importantly, creativity – which is exactly what we’re celebrating tonight.”

Awards were handed out across all categories, including three new to 2020: the Lockdown Look, Colour Image and Men’s Image. Award winners joined the celebrations virtually to share the stories behind their images, with some of the special studio guest winners also joining Ashleigh on stage in the Live Lounge to celebrate their trophies. Awards were also handed out in the Salon category, recognising those individuals and businesses who have continued to thrive even in a challenging year. Finally, a new award for 2020 was also unveiled; the President’s Award.

The evening also included highlights from this year’s incredible digital broadcast schedule, including #THEKNOWLEDGE, Drinks with the President and the recent Life Stories shows, with memorable and moving moments from interviews with Trevor Sorbie, Errol Douglas MBE and Sally Brooks hosted by Andrew Barton and Maria Weijers. Ashleigh and Ken were also joined by Sam Grocutt, President of the Hair & Beauty Charity, who shared how the charity had been helping those in need throughout the challenges of 2020, and their plans for ensuring ongoing support to those in the industry who need it most.

Finally, it was time to celebrate the biggest award of the night: Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year, which was awarded to Hooker & Young. “This is awarded to a Fellowship member that has contributed to the industry in an exceptional way,” explained Ashleigh. “And this year’s recipients are a creative powerhouse with a salon empire, who are always there to support the Fellowship wherever possible.” 

The 2020 Award winners are:

Fellow with Honours

Cos Sakkas

Karoliina Saunders

Clive Silver

Anne Veck

Fellow with Distinction

Jo Martin

Step Up and Shine Scholarship

Anita Patkos, Farah Naz Hairdressing

Sassoon Scholarship

Kim Nicole Jones

Member of the Year

Kay Binnersley 

Snapshot Image of the Year

Nestor Sanchez, HOB Academy

Lockdown Look

Sylvestre Finold, Metropolis

Men’s Image of the Year

Robert Masciave, Metropolis 

Colour Image of the Year

Francesco Fontana, TONI&GUY

Fellowship Image of the Year

Errol Douglas MBE

Individual Salon of the Year

Melissa Salons

Salon Group of the Year

TONI&GUY

President’s Award

National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF)

Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year

Hooker & Young

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