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Annika Akerlund (AUS)

Akerlund is a qualified traditional barber, classically trained in old school barbering techniques. After completing her trade in 2016, she worked closely with Jimmy Rods Barbershops as educator for the company. As the trade continues to grow she currently works in the barbershop, developing her skill set to focus on bringing barbering technique and culture to the forefront of the hair industry.

Anthony Staltari (AUS)

Anthony Staltari a Barber at Barbery the Craft of A Barber Academy in Adelaide. I started experimenting cutting hair at the age of 14 before commencing an apprenticeship with Barber Boys. He has a great passion for the Barber Industry, including competitions, mentoring and educating.  At the age of 17 Anthony won  the 2016 Barber Battle held in Sydney and in 2017 won Australian Barber Konnect Battle. The highlight of his career was travelling to New York and training at Mike's Custom Kuts followed by competing in the 2017 Connecticut Barber Competitions.
Baldy (UK)

Baldy (UK)

Baldy is a barber, instructor and owner of three Baldy's Barbershops located around Buckinghamshire. He began his career at a unisex salon at age 15 and at 21 decided to focus exclusively on cutting men's hair. Now, with over three decades of men's grooming experience, he teaches regular courses at the London School of Barbering and other academies around the UK. In addition, he trains up to four apprentices each year at his barbershops. Baldy proudly describes himself as "a modern barber with a very old school style."

Danny Cox (AUS)

Danny Cox, a 29 year old hair stylist originally from London, England. Danny has nearly a decades experience working in the hair industry. He started cutting hir at Toni & Guy and then traveled with his craft and worked various salon in England and Australia. He is now based in Melbourne where he specializes in men's hairdressing and barbering and works out Area Studio. Multi Award winning men's hair stylist & HBIA Senior Stylist of the year 2017.

Eoin McCarthy (AUS)

Eoin is a relative newcomer to the industry after a career as a professional cyclist. With a hairdressing background, he trained in Ireland under his mother Mairead who has been an extremely successful hairdresser & salon owner at MHD for over 30 years before fully focusing on men's hair where he learned from Paul Mac Special.  Eoin, who was awarded 1st place in the Victorian Barber of the Year competition for 2017 was also awarded Irish Barbering Apprentice of the Year for 2016. He was recently a part of Area Studio's clean sweep at the HBIA Australian Hairdressing Championships where he finished 2nd in both the Men's Athletic & Trend categories behind his 2 team members Jordon & Danny.

Jordan Tabakman (AUS)

Jordan Tabakman is a young, energetic barber from Melbourne, Australia. Working out of highly regarded and well known Kings Domain barbershop in South Yarra.  Jordan is a second generation barber learning a lot of his tricks of the trade from his father who runs award winning successful barber shops in Melbourne. With this experience in barbering Jordan has gone out on his own to follow a passion for educating and presenting as a platform artist.  Along with awards such as American Crew Top 25 finalist in Australia, he is excited to dedicate more of his time to education and helping others excel in their current skill of men' barbering and hair dressing.
Kevin Vorley (UK)

Kevin Vorley (UK)

A professional with over 20 years' experience, Kevin Vorley is a long-time Andis educator and founder of K Barbers Emporium in Essex. He is an active national ambassador for the Men's Hairdressing Federation and the first Essex barber to receive a master craftsman in barbering award. Kevin is known for his passion, positive training methods and ability teach people at all skill levels.
Kieron Price (UK)

Kieron Price (UK)

Kieron Price began his career as a certified hairdresser prior to making the switch to full-time barbering. For the past 13 years, he's honed his barbering skills and is currently a qualified barbering assessor and barbershop manager, where he manages the business' social media across various platforms. When not busy behind the chair, he teaches seminars at the London School of Barbering and hair industry events. Kieron is a past winner of a British Master Barbers Award and is a founding member of the New World Barbers.

Leah Hayden Cassidy (DEU)

International platform artist Leah Hayden Cassidy, known through her social media platforms as Hayden Cassidy, is based in Europe. She is Irish born but currently in Berlin, Germany. Hayden specializes in men's hair, merging techniques from every aspect of barbering and inspired by her travels through different countries and cultures. She has taken to the stage around Europe, alongside some of the top barbers of our generation, always furthering her knowledge and picking up new techniques. Leah began her career in Ireland amidst the boom of the industry, taking influence from barbers from the US barbering and hairdressing scenes. She has established a signature clean look which is appreciated around the world. Leah has worked alongside fashion magazines, photographers and artists, to create looks which fuse fashion with today's barber industry, pushing her talent and artistic vision to each industry. Hayden is passionate about sharing her knowledge through tutorials and by creating an education platform for barbers to follow she has built a strong reputation as an educator for a global audience.


Leo (CHN)

Leo is most recently known for his work as a Styling Coach for Miss Universe China.  He has studied hair-styling around the world and worked many Fashion Weeks including in New York and Beijing.  He has won many world class hair-styling competitions and is excited to bring his talents to the Ands Education Team.
Lynndy  Rolfe (UK)

Lynndy Rolfe (UK)

Lynndy Rolfe is an award-winning hairdresser, session stylist and British Master Barber from Northampton. She began her career in hairdressing fresh out of school when she was 16, working for a local salon group, but it wasn't until a managerial position came up at the salon group's barbershop, that she found her flair for men's hairdressing and barbering. Stumbling into the barbering world by chance, Lynndy has become a rising star in the industry, achieving British Master Barber status and becoming Men's Stylist of the Year at the FHA UK Freelance Awards 2016, whilst developing a passion for education and teaching the next generation of barbers. Known in the industry for her positivity, hard working nature and determination, Lynndy proudly describes her cutting style as "fearless".


MK is one of the UK's leading male stylists known for his unique approach to cutting-edge barbering. A 20-year industry veteran and salon owner in North London, he continues to capture prestigious awards and the admiration of his peers. A long-time Andis educator and creator of multiple haircutting tutorial videos, MK works with HABIA, the government awarding body for the national standards of hair and beauty and was instrumental in aiding in the writing of the NVQ level 2 & 3, introduced to colleges in 2010 and implemented nationwide in 2011. In addition, MK is also an advocate for City and Guilds an educational body for barbering in the UK. His fashion, film and TV work includes: styling for designer Oswald Boateng, set work for George Lucas and Anthony Hemmingway and appearances on Channel Five's Trust Me I'm a Beauty Therapist and the BBC's Learning Zone and longest-running youth program Blue Peter.

Nasir Sobhani (AUS)

Nasir Sobhani, also known as ‘The Streets’ Barber,’ has earned his affectionate title spending his time taking to Melbourne’s streets offering free haircuts and shaves to the homeless and less fortunate. His inspirational story of compassion and generosity has received significant attention globally. Nasir was also one of the five people to be profiled as part of the Kenneth Cole Courageous Class Campaign in New York, celebrating individuals who have overcome obstacles in life to become inspiring role models. He is an inspirational speaker certain to motivate and encourage all those who encounter him to find their own purpose.

Paco Lopez (ESP)

Paco López has spent more than 25 years in the male hairdressing world, working with both commitment and passion. After working for other barbers, he decided to open his own business sixteen years ago; “The Barber Shop by Paco López”.  At his shop Paco is proud to have resurrected “lost” services like the classic hot shaving by a razor, cosmetics and color services.  His shop adapts to the different needs and demands of the labor market and is consistently improving on the loyalty of his customers.

Paco is proud to have helped elevate the barbershop industry in Spain and now has started sharing his knowledge and expertise globally through training at The Barber Shop by Paco López, with Andis Company, and as a freelance for various brands.   

Scott Ramos (CAN)

Scott "Famos' Ramos is a master barber, entrepreneur and artist that has been making waves in the barbering world since 2009.  He is a true innovator and industry leader, more often creating the trends rather than following them. Scott's creative versatility is evident in his work that regularly ranges from flawless fades to intricate portraits. His creativity expands beyond the chair into all facets of his life and endeavors. He's used it to create the SAINT brand and barbershop that is flourishing as a premiere destination in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He's also a commissioned painter having his work shown in successful gallery shows. Scott is a veteran instructor having participated in and headlined tours across the US, South America and the UK, a skill he looks forward to sharing with the Andis community. He is beyond excited to add being the first Canadian to officially join Team Andis to his growing list of achievements.

Shella Thornton (AUS)

Shella Thornton has won multiple awards as a Female Australian Barber with 24 years in the Barbering Industry.  She has worked in many Elite Barbers Shops throughout Brisbane and Sydney.  Currently, Shella is the owner and director of a chain of Barber Shops in Brisbane and an ambassador for iCandy Scissors Australia as well as a Trainer and Educator.
Sid Sottung (UK)

Sid Sottung (UK)

Sid fell in love with barbering at the age of 14 while working as a shop assistant in a traditional Italian barbershop in New York. Eager to make his mark on the industry, Sid began a 14-year career with Vidal Sassoon where he rose to Assistant Creative Director. As a member of the creative team he collaborated on editorial work and maintained a celebrity client base. Sid also worked backstage at revered international fashion shows including crafting hair for Joseph Abboud's Men's Collection at New York Fashion Week. After parting ways with Sassoon, Sid pursued an exciting freelance career guesting & teaching in exclusive salons & barbershops. And after having trained educators & written curriculums for other academies, Sid opened his very own academy - The Sid Sottung Academy - in Nottingham, UK.


Nicole Kallish Nicole

Nicole Kallish

Nicole Kallish, Manager of Education at Andis Company, attended The Academy of Dog Grooming Arts in Illinois, worked at several shops and kennels. In 2006 she opened and successfully ran her mobile grooming business for 6 years in Illinois then Florida. After selling her mobile business she opened Sarasota Grooming Company which she owned and ran for 5 years. Nicole had worked her way up the ranks in the grooming contest ring earning many 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placements in entry and intermediate levels, including Best Groomed Dog. She received her first “group” placement at the All American Grooming Show in 2011. Nicole won the title of “Rising Star of the Year” at Intergroom in New Jersey in 2013 and moved on to the “open” or “expert” level. Nicole was also a Barkleigh Honors nominee for "Up and Coming Groomer of the Year" in 2011 and 2012 and a nominee for the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards “Mobile Groomer of the Year” 2011 and 2012.

Nicole is a Certified Master Groomer, Industry Speaker and Judge, and former Liaison for Groom Team USA.  Nicole currently owns 3 miniature poodles and is showing Sofia in AKC Conformation and Pippa in many AKC Sports events.
Julie Harris (UK) Julie

Julie Harris (UK)

Julie, a UK groomer, has been grooming since the age of 16 and has been a leader in the industry developing qualifications and teaching and pushing industry standards. She is a founding member of the English Groomers Group, and regularly demonstrates and delivers seminars around the country at all leading competitions and grooming events. Julie holds a LCGI teaching qualification and is proud to be a member of the Guild of Master Groomers - an accolade that under 30 groomers hold in the UK. She has taught students of all ages from across the globe and considers herself extremely lucky to have an amazing role within the industry that she loves, by developing individuals and helping them to achieve their true potential.
Alexander Zapata (COL) Alexander

Alexander Zapata (COL)

Alexander has been a professional canine stylist for over 10 years. He is the President and Founder of the Colombian Association of Professional Canine Stylists (ACECPRO), and the Director of the Mexican Association of Professional Canine Stylists (AMECP) School. Alexander specializes in the many Asian styles of grooming and has traveled around South America and Europe giving seminars and judging competitions. He is an Honorary Member of the Chilean Association of Canine Stylists (ACHIPECA), and the Creative Grooming Association of Spain. Alexander is the first ever Latin American Groomer to record episodes for the YouTube channel Pel a Pel Tv which is based in Barcelona, Spain.
Amy Manser (UK) Amy

Amy Manser (UK)

Amy has been showing and grooming dogs for over 20 years. She runs a kennel of show dogs and has raised multiple champions and top dogs across four different breeds. Amy also runs a professional grooming salon and trains young groomers. She has competed in several grooming competitions and has been awarded several BIS show awards from the United Kingdom and Europe. Amy is a two time winner of Groomer of the Year and is currently a member of Groom Team England and the Guild of Master Groomers.
Annie Williams (CAN) Annie

Annie Williams (CAN)

Annie was drawn to the art of dog grooming after her family got “Domino”, an American Cocker Spaniel. She began to learn about show dogs and get involved in conformation dog shows. As her passion grew, Annie decided to make a career out of grooming and open a salon. She was hand selected by a World Champion groomer and endured an intense four-month training program in Alberta, Canada. Annie is an active member of the Canadian Professional Pet Stylists, and has earned her Canadian Canine Stylist Level 2 Status in Sporting and Non-Sporting. She is also trained in Dogsafe Canine First Aid and has won international awards in Canada, the United States and Australia. Annie is extremely passionate about her profession and continues to vigorously further her education to heighten her certification and bring the latest styles and trends to her customers.
Christine Speerin (AUS) Christine

Christine Speerin (AUS)

Christine taught herself to groom on her family kitchen table. Her father told her there was no future in dog grooming but through her passion and dedication Christine became one of the most successful groomers and grooming trainers in Australia. She now owns multiple successful grooming businesses and companies which she operates with her husband Les. Some of Christine’s career achievements include: International Certified Master Groomer (ICMG), Certifier for Australian Institute Pet Groomers (AIPG), and she is an Original Member and Co-Founder of Groom Team Australia. In 2011 Christine was invited to be a spokesperson, demonstrator and judge at the first ever “Creative Summit” in the United States. She has held workshops, and judged competitions worldwide, including the United States, New Zealand, South Korea and Australia. Being involved in the grooming industry worldwide, Christine stays up to date on current grooming trends and uses her enthusiasm and knowledge to inspire up and coming groomers.
Claudia Rodriguez Zarate (CHL) Claudia

Claudia Rodriguez Zarate (CHL)

Claudia studied grooming in the United States, Spain and Brazil. She received personalized training from Victor Rosado Zamora and is groomer certified by the European Grooming Association. Claudia is the Director of FullPet Grooming School, now known as the Claudia Rodríguez Professional Grooming Academy. She has been a professional grooming trainer in Santiago, Chile, since 2012. Claudia teaches both basic and advanced commercial canine grooming courses, specialties, and workshops. She currently has 450 students enrolled throughout Chile, Columbia, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru.
Jette Feldt (SWE) Jette

Jette Feldt (SWE)

Jette is the owner and founder of Swedgroom Dog Grooming Educations (SDGE) in Malmö, Sweden. She has been a full-time dog groomer since 1998 and spent four years organizing grooming competitions for the European Grooming Association EGA. In 2017 Jette became a “IGU Certifier” and traveled to South Korea to certify groomers. She believes that grooming education is never complete so Jette continues to take classes and seminars so she can stay on top of trends and techniques. Her main passion is uplifting the dog grooming profession through quality education and sharing valuable knowledge through hands-on demonstrations.
Melanie Winters Holmes (UK) Melanie

Melanie Winters Holmes (UK)

Melanie has been grooming for 27 years specializing in private training, corporate management and college instruction. She has won several grooming competitions including the title of Groomer of the Year. Melanie was a member of Groom Team England for 10 years and is currently a member of the Guild of Groomers. She is an examiner for the higher qualifications and City/Guild Practical Examinations. Melanie now judges many competitions and gives seminars on a variety of grooming topics at all major grooming events as well as for private groups.