A salon owner from Brynmawr has been rewarded for her support of a national campaign to regulate the hair sector.
Donna Wallbank, owner of Kutz n Kurlz in Brynmawr and Abertillery has been awarded with ISA Training's inaugural Industry Champion Award which formally recognises an employer who supports the Campaign for Mandatory State Registration and constantly promotes professionalism of the hair and beauty industry.
Presenting the award to Donna, Shirley Davis-Fox MBE, Member of the Hair Council and Chair of ISA Training said "I was delighted to award this to Donna today as Donna has only ever employed State Registered Hairdressers across her two salons and has been doing this long before I started to raise awareness in Wales of the need for mandatory registration."
Shirley added "Donna is a much respected member of the Wales Think Tank for State Registration and always gives her time freely to support the campaign and many other ISA initiatives. This first award could not have gone to a more deserving person"
ISA Training, the largest independent hair and beauty training provider in Wales has worked with Donna for over 10 years delivering hairdressing training to her team.
On receiving the award Donna said "I'm absolutely delighted to have even been considered for the award and over the moon to receive it. To be recognised for something you are passionate about is just amazing! To be the first to receive what is to become an annual award makes it more of a privilege."
Donna who has worked in the sector for 35 years, has been State Registered for over 20 years and has two Master Craftsmen in her team.
"It is my passion to ensure that our Industry is recognised as a professional career option and not decried by those with little knowledge of all we have to know and do to be the professionals we are. It's up to us to demand mandatory registration and therefore recognition of our profession and to ensure a legacy is left for the future of our industry in the UK."