I am passionate about trichology, with an eye for detail, accuracy and research. I set up the Surrey Trichology Clinic after having qualified from the Institute of Trichologists in 2016, where I was awarded the ‘John Mason Award’ for excellence in my studies. I am a member of various professional bodies, including the Institute of Trichologists, the International Association of Trichologists, the European Hair Research Society and an affiliate member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons.
I started my career in hairdressing, later moving into teaching hairdressing level 2 and 3 at a local further education college, Nescot, where I was a lecturer, assessor and quality assurer. I still keep my hand in the hairdressing world, as Principle Examiner, writing and marking exam papers and Lead Moderator, managing moderators in the quality assurance of practical assessments for City and Guilds Hairdressing Level 2 qualifications.
I was asked to join the teaching team at the Institute of Trichologists after qualifying, taking pride in helping to shape the next generation of Trichologists. I enjoy taking an active role in Trichology, speaking at various conferences about and helping to organise events to share my thirst for knowledge. I was privileged to be awarded the ‘Outstanding Trichologist – Newcomer’ award at the Hair Science Awards in 2018, voted for by my peers.
I am continuing my journey into the specialist world of hair research; currently working on a project to identify the scalp microbiome in different types of alopecia in partnership with Imperial College London, and am completing a degree in Biomedical Science, part-time with Ulster University, to bring further evidence-based, clinical excellence to my practice and patients.
I am part of the steering group of the Trichology Professional Development Programme; an initiative to put in place to address the level of education, regulation and standards in the profession, with the aim of bringing trichology in line with other allied healthcare professions and to increase the safety of patients from the current situation (where ‘anyone’ may call themselves a Trichologist without either training or regulation).
As a result of this, I am directly involved in the creation of the standards that will govern this and am a director of the College of Trichological Science and Practice (CTSP), where I am putting my experience in education and trichology to good use to write a series of externally awarded customised qualifications from level 4 to level 6 to create a new professional breed of ‘Clinical Trichologists’. We hope that this will help to create a much needed new career pathway and ensure a higher level of competence, evidence based practice and standardisation in our profession – leading to ultimately more robust safety, protocols and better outcomes for those suffering with hair loss and scalp conditions.
More recently I have been co-chair of the Expert Working Group for the first National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Trichology, published by HABIA and Skill Active, and approved by the UK Government. These documents establish the skills, performance and knowledge expected as a minimum to be a trichologist and will inform and standardise any future qualifications.
The first NOS was published on the UK Standards website in March 2021 after public consultation across the sector stakeholders and inclusive of the 4 UK nations, entitled Carry out a Trichological Consultation alongside Implement and Maintain Safe, Hygienic and Effective Working Practices.
Further NOS outlining different trichological investigation techniques and management, scalp treatments, plus the creation and fitting of hairpieces/extensions for hair loss purposes will be published in Spring 2022.