Alan is an energetic and inspiring individual with incomparable multi-channel experience across the retail, wholesale, franchise, licensing and e-commerce sectors in the UK and Internationally. Highly skilled at change management, restructuring, recruitment & training of staff and in managing large teams over separate locations and countries. His strong negotiation skills served to develop valuable new robust strategic partnerships in the mid-market to luxury sectors accumulating a vast knowledge of differing product areas from food & drink, fashion, Hair & Beauty, footwear, fragrance, leather goods and accessories. Alan is a commercial, purposeful and passionate individual, with a management style that both empowers and energises people. He has a sound understanding of retail & franchising systems and their development at different levels and sectors in the UK and Internationally. A strategic, analytical and persuasive individual who has successfully realigned failing stores through the introduction of robust business plans and effective support.
Barrie has over 30 years in the hairdressing industry where he has operated in excess of 12 salons throughout the North West. Barrie was at the forefront of the current NVQ syllabus working with the education department to develop a bespoke training plan which eventually lead to him running training schools in Manchester, Burnley and Stockport. He has held the secretary's post for the Hairdressers Federation organising conferences and shows around the country. He has a vast knowledge of the industry and has built up a large network of contacts within the sector and has a good reputation amongst his colleagues and peers. He takes pride in talking passionately about the number of people he has developed who have gone on to become owner managers of their own salons.
Carolyn has spent over 20 years operating and producing accounts for a number of businesses in the North West and has been instrumental in developing an integrated accounts system that works alongside our EPOS system. She has operated large payroll systems and stock ledgers for a large plc and brings this valuable expertise to the team.
I've been hairdressing for 23 years and did my training with Terence Paul where I attained my NVQ level 1 2 3. I've been on a numerous courses including advanced colouring techniques, cutting, salon management plus artistic courses that involved the more creative side of hairdressing. I've won several in-house hair competitions and was 1 of 6 chosen from the Northwest to attend the final in London of the Ghd artistic competition. I've had my work showcased on the TV show “cutting it" and on the front cover of hair flair. I've worked alongside Derek Hatton in a male make over show “less of the old "and on several TV commercials, most recently creating Bastian Schweinsteiger’s body double.
I'm enthusiastic about my job and most of all I love making my client’s look and feel special, always offering them the latest colour pallets along with fabulous haircuts that suit their face structure and hair shape. We at The Leading Edge thrive on offering the best service possible and I look forward to welcoming you into our salon.