Haha is proud to boast an exceptional team of award-winning hairdressing and barbering educators. Core to our approach of delivering an excellent educational experience is ensuring we recruit educators with both real world experience of the sector and excellent rapport with students.
Below we introduce you to our excellent team.
Steve Churcher – Director
Steve holds his Professional Teacher status including Assessors and Internal Verifier qualification specialising in Numeracy (Level 5 – Solent University), English and Information Technology. Steve has always worked with young people and involved with Education, including 4 years as a Lecturer at a local College. Co-founder of a training company Back-2-Basics Training Limited (B2B) organising in- class support staff, teaching staff training, functional skills within the Heating and Engineering Industry across the country and a College in South London, which is where he met with Gill Cowan. HAHA Training was launched in 2012 and a self-funded project. The vision being to offer quality training with a ‘Centre of Excellence’ to which we have won many awards. Steve celebrates witnessing his staff and students grow and develop into professionals whom are a credit to this amazing industry. Steve says “We pride ourselves on knowing the destiny of ALL learners”
Gillian Cowan – Director
Gill has been in the industry for over 40 years and covered every aspect of hairdressing and teaching, including stage work, prosthetics and wig making. Gill has worked on London Fashion Week doing hair and make up and developed and wrote the National Diploma and HND for Hairdressing and Media Make-up, working in theatres, TV and worked at Demontford University Fashion Week. Gill has been in education since 1986 holding a Degree in Education, and is an external and internal verifier and has consulted on development projects within hair and beauty and has covered a varied range of hairdressing teaching, including Head of Departments. Gill started HAHA with Steve in 2012 with a vision of working with employers to develop professional hairdressing skills and inspire young people that hairdressing is more than just working in a salon environment. Gill finds great satisfaction in watching students grow, achieve and be inspired.
Camilla Higgins - Hairdressing Educator
Camilla started her career at Regis, working her way from apprentice to manager. Camilla started with HAHA in January 2019 and has since joined the salon team and gained her Certificate in Education. Camilla is passionate about passing on her knowledge and skills to the future generation of hairdressers. Camilla is our specialist in Bridal Hair and enjoys colour correction work. Camilla is in the salon Friday’s and Saturday’s.
Laura Potter – Hairdressing Educator
Laura is currently on Maternity Leave but will be returning to the teaching in May 2020.
Keri Faulkner – Hairdressing Educator
Keri started as a Saturday assistant, moving onto an apprenticeship, senior stylist to salon management, freelancing then into teaching. Keri’s job is to grow & facilitate learners within HAHA academies across Hampshire. To liaise with employers to ensure individual and bespoke training. Delivering national awarding body qualifications and internal verification. Passionate about all things hair! Passionate about a higher standard of qualification for our industry and its future talent!
Kate O’Mara - Hairdressing Educator
Kate started her career at Garbos where she stayed for eight years working her way up and gaining her assessors qualification. Kate then took some time out to go travelling and start a family. Upon returning Kate was seeking a new challenge and wanted to expand on her Hairdressing skills and to pursue a career within Education. Kate joined HAHA in 2014 as an assessor and worked hard to gain her Certificate in Teaching. Kate is really passionate about delivery of training, producing passionate hairdressers and ensuring they are well rounded professionals. Kate is in the salon Friday’s and Saturdays, she enjoys keeping up with current trends and techniques and specialises in cutting and re-styles, this is something she particularly enjoys.
Dom Valente – Barbering Educator
Dom has been in the industry for 30 years and worked all over the country, Dom owns his own Barbering shop in Fareham alongside educating. Dom is passionate about the future of the barbering industry and helping uncover and tutor the next generation of barbers.
Leiana Ellery - Hairdressing educator
Employed within the Beauty and Hairdressing industry for over 10 years; Leiana has excelled in the environment as a lead designer and Beauty Therapist before becoming the manager of a busy salon. Gaining her assessors qualification enabled her to thrive as a mentor and triggered a desire to demonstrate an innate ability as an educator. Enthused with becoming an Educator, Leiana took a short sabbatical to start and raise a family before commencing her journey into teaching; quickly gaining a certificate in training and education. Extremely passionate and dedicated, she strives to get the best out of her students. This drive ensures they gain the best knowledge and understanding to help them reach their full potential and succeed with their chosen academic and vocational courses.