As we come to the end of 2016 we’re looking back at what a fabulous year we’ve had, and are busy planning our exciting calendar of events for next year!

Seven months into my role as Chairman, I can honestly say that it’s been an incredible experience to date. The time has gone so incredibly fast but I’m relishing the opportunity. There are so many responsibilities and daily challenges but the role has twice as many rewards. The Fellowship is an infectious creative organisation like no other and I’m so delighted to be associated with it. We always kick-start the festive season with our fabulously glamorous Luncheon and Awards event at The Dorchester Hotel. It was fantastic to see so many of you joining us for a final celebration of 70 great years of The Fellowship. Congratulations to our new 2017 F.A.M.E. Team! Well done to Gavin McIntyre from G&E McIntyres, James Earnshaw from Francesco Group, Jordanna Cobella from Cobella and Ria Kulik from The Hairbank - you have an incredibly exciting journey ahead in 2017 and we look forward to seeing you all shine and grow as a team together.

I’d also like to congratulate Edward Darley on winning Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year, and Charlie Miller OBE on his Fellowship Lifetime

Achievement Award – it was fantastic to celebrate with you at The Luncheon! Your hard work in our industry has truly paid off.

Our goal for 2017 will be to continue our quest to increase awareness of The Fellowship brand across the UK and Ireland. Heading to new places, meeting new stylists to share the Fellowship love and to continue providing excellent inspirational and creative events.

To close, I must extend my personal thanks to a further few. We are so lucky to have a committee of talented and dedicated individuals that give up their time freely to focus on steering The Fellowship further forward, to reach our goals and achieve the very best for British hairdressing. I must also acknowledge all our project leaders and mentors who work really hard to deliver inspirational, credible events to encompass everything that The Fellowship stands for. Finally, to our commercial and media sponsors throughout 2016 and to those who have already signed up for 2017, we sincerely thank each and every one of you for your generous support – we truly value everything that you do for The Fellowship.

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas. Looking forward to an incredible 2017!