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Habia Skills Academy appoints Chairman and Steering Group

Posted: Thursday 02 August 2012

George Hammer, HSA ChairmanThe Habia Skills Academy (HSA) - a central hub for training in the hair and beauty sector being developed by Habia with the support of founding sponsor VTCT - has appointed a steering group from across the sector representing some of the biggest names in the industry.

With Chairman of Urban Retreat, George Hammer, in the position of HSA Chairman, the steering group members include:

  • Jon Hardwick, Managing Director Grafton International Ltd - Vice Chairman of HSA
  • Debbie Dixon, Salon Director, Sassoons
  • Chris Jeffery, Strategy and Policy Advisor, General Physics UK Ltd and Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) Skills Champion for Hair and Beauty
  • Suki Kalirai, Chairman Spa Business Association, Chairman Habia, Managing Director The Carlton Institute
  • Val Kay, Trustee, VTCT: Chairman of VTCT Educational Giving Committee
  • Justin Musgrove, Group Spa Director, The Bannantyne Group
  • Nic Robinson, Business Development Director, VTCT
  • Joan Scott, Assistant Principal - Adult Learning and Skills, South Trafford College, Manchester
  • Bill Shaw, Managing Director, Dimensions Training
  • Stephen Vickers, Chief Executive VTCT
  • Dawn Ward, OBE, Chief Executive and Principal, Burton & South Derbyshire College and Association of Colleges (AoC) Champion for Hair and Beauty
George Hammer, HSA Chairman, said, "It's a great honour to be appointed as Chairman of the HSA. With the focus clearly on education and training - subjects I am passionate about - I believe that the HSA will make a real and lasting contribution to the future success of our industry. The steering group members and I will be putting forth the case at every opportunity that everyone in the hair and beauty sector should play their part in the HSA, get involved, and help us all work together to put skills training at the very top of the agenda."

The HSA will see the creation of a network of centres of expertise across the UK, with the HSA acting as a virtual online hub for guidance and information, whilst also providing targeted specialist training for educators.

Skill academies work in partnership with other organisations across the education and training system, leading networks of high quality, specialist learning providers. The HSA will work with employers and sector organisations, involving them in the design and delivery of training so that it better meets their needs, thus developing a workforce with the right skills for the future.

The HSA is part of Habia, and operates on a not-for-profit basis.

For more information on the HSA, go to

  • Habia
  • Hair and Beauty Industry Authority
  • Habia Skills Academy
  • HSA
  • hair
  • hairdressing
  • beauty therapy
  • nail services
  • spa therapy
  • barbering
  • African Caribbean hairdressing
  • George Hammer
  • Urban Retreat Harrods
  • Grafton International
  • Sassoons
  • Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
  • General Physics UK
  • Spa Business Association
  • VTCT
  • Vocational Training Charitable Trust
  • The Bannatyne Group
  • South Trafford College
  • Dimensions Training
  • Burton and South Derbyshire College
  • Association of Colleges
  • Skills Academies