Robert Eaton has been welcomed as the new President for the Fellowship for British Hairdressing at an event held at The Brewery events venues in the City of London.
Ken Picton, who has led the organisation for the past three years, handed over the reins to British Hairdresser of the Year winner, Robert Eaton, in front of industry peers at The Fellowship President’s Night.
Held at the Brewery in East London, Ken relived some of his favourite times as President – and the challenges brought with the pandemic. But before he could leave there were a few surprises – he brought his Drinks with the President live to the stage with some of his favourite guests including Sally Brooks, Mark Woolley and Michael Douglas, while a video highlighted just some of the things he has implemented during his reign.
The F.A.M.E Team presented their first show, Evolution (above). Alex Cook, Darrel Starkey, Jessica Hau and Lydia Wolfe – a showcase of their skills learnt so far this year, with stunning 5ft colourful ponytails, precision cuts and dynamic shapes.
Ken recalled: “When I took over as President in 2019 we had no idea what was ahead of us. But we have worked hard to modernise the Fellowship for a new era of hairdressing. It’s been a privilege to lead the Fellowship through these turbulent times and I look forward to being part of the future.”
The start of a very special journey
Receiving his regalia, Robert added: “Today is very special for me. When I started my journey in the family business it was about networking and making friends. My whole career has been shaped by the Fellowship; I was part of the 2003 F.A.M.E. Team which was incredibly special and instilled in me the importance of nurturing the next generation. Now, it’s my time to give back and help young people in this industry. I want to work with as many people as possible. This is so I can evolve the industry and continue the heritage the Fellowship has always had.”
The Fellowship for British Hairdressing began in 1946. Over the years has grown in stature and now covers many areas of the professional hairdressing industry. The independent, non-political organisation focuses on promoting artistic and creative quality; it also provides support for future hairdressing talent keen to make their own mark in the industry. All the projects nurture sills and provide a career pathway – ClubStar, PROJECT: X, PROJECT: Colour and PROJECT: Men and the coveted F.A.M.E. Team.