Award of Honour
The IPSN is an award that is given by an IPSN member country to an individual that has made significant contribution to their industry. In choosing the recipient of the IPSN Award of Honour, regard is given to the nominee’s achievements in the year prior to receiving the award as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to their industry.
The selection criteria:
- Demonstrated excellence in their industry
- Significant contribution to their industry
- An inspirational role model for their industry
- Personal, academic and professional achievements
- Contribution in their industry (how has the nominee “put back” into their industry to benefit others
- Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
- Achievements as an individual or as part of a group or organisation
This award is given to a person that has made a significant contribution to:
- (a) The development of the hairdressing / beauty industries; and
- (b) Community / society; or
- (c) The development of Vocational Education or training
Professor CHENG Ming-ming
Director of CMM International Group and CMM Monita International Group, VTC Honorary Fellows
Professor CHENG is the founder of Shanghai Cheng Ming Ming Cosmetic Products Limited and the Chairperson of over 20 beauty colleges and organisations. She has been working in the beauty care industry for over 30 years and was very active in the promotion of the industry and the associated education and training. She is recognised as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Asian Women Entrepreneurs”.
Prof Cheng is keen on developing beauty products, education and technology. She has contributed to the enhancement of the professional status of the beauty industry in Asia through the introduction of International Beautician Examination with Chinese as the assessment media which helps Chinese beautician professionals attain international standards. She is the pioneer in developing beauty industry in Mainland China. She opened her subsidiary beauty school in Beijing in 1986 and has now nearly 20 branch schools which is the biggest beauty education organisation in the Mainland.
Dr. Yuk Shan Cheung, Shirley
Founder and CEO of Sau San Tong Holdings (Cayman Islands) Ltdl
Dr. Shirley Cheung is the founder and CEO of a large-scale beauty & slimming company, namely Sau San Tong Holdings Ltd., which started as a three-staff company many years ago and turning into a major Beauty service group in Hong Kong and Mainland China with over 200 staff now. Dr. Cheung received the Honour Award of the Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year 2004 of the Hong Kong district, organised by the City Junior Chamber in May 2004. She was awarded as one of the “100 Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs in China” by the “Women Entrepreneurs’ Association of China”.
Mr. Kim Robinson
Director of Kim Robinson (Hair Studio)
A noted hairstylist in Asia, Kim has over 30 years of experience in the Hairdressing industry.) Mr Kim Robinson is keen on reinventing and creating new styles, his passion and vision over the past three decades brought him to the international stage. Being a renowned hair stylist, he has worked for many fashion shows and magazines such as French Vogue, his clients include Princess Diana, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and also famous celebrities in Asia, such as Gong Li, the late Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui.
Anne is an ambassador for HITO and passionate about qualifications and ensuring that people gain their formal qualification. Anne promotes the IPSN across New Zealand and is a mentor for young hairdressing trainees.
Chao Chen Kuo – Hong Kong
Managing Director of CK Hair International Ltd
Founding Chairman of Hong Kong Hair & Beauty Merchants Association and the Chairman of Asian Hair & Beauty Association.
Mr CK Chao succeeded his family business initially as a junior staff of the CK Hair International Ltd and later promoted to Managing Director in the 70’s. After further studied In Harvard University in the 80’s, he began to develop his family business into a regional leading enterprise. With his extensive experience and wealth of industry knowledge, Mr Chao has made significant contributions to the industry in Hong Kong, Mainland China and also the Asian region.
In 1977, Mr Chao began to set up the Asian Hairstyling and Make-up Competition to promote the hair and beauty industry in Asia. Over the past 37 years, there were annually over 14 countries participated in the competitions, which greatly encouraged the inter-regional skills and cultural exchanges in Asia.
Andrea Bullock – New Zealand
Andrea has been heavily involved in the development of New Zealand qualifications and supported HITO for more than 20 years. Andrea was one of the 1st people in New Zealand to gain a formal apprenticeship and gain a formal qualification.
Andrea was also part of the faculty at the Universal College of Learning for many years, and has continuously supported the work that HITO has done towards the IPSN.
Ruth Browne - Australia
Ruth Browne’s association with the hairdressing industry, and most particularly with quality education, extends over a forty-year period. Ruth became a vocational trainer of hairdressing in 1978 after owning a salon and training apprentices.
Ruth’s numerous personal industry achievements include:
- International Judge – Skill Olympics Lyon, France (1995)
- International Judge – St Gallen Youth Skills Competition, Switzerland (1997)
- International Judge – Youth Skills Competition Montreal (1999)
- International Judge – Youth Skills Competition Seoul (2001)
- Winner OTFE Travelling Scholarship Award. Invited as Technical Delegate to USA
- National Skills Championships Kansas City Missouri. (1999)
- Chair of Judges – Shanghai International Fashion Week, China (2002)
- Industry Hall of Fame Inductee – Hair Expo (2006)
- Judge – Hair Expo Australia, Sydney (2007)
Ruth is a powerful lobbyist for the fair and ethical provision of education for students and apprentices who strengthen their value in workplaces by continued education.
Tina Viney - Australia
Tina Viney is a visionary, leading authority and figure-head in the Australian Beauty and Aesthetics industry. Her unique insight and valuable expertise have resulted in the continued and notable advancement of the industry on both a national and state levels. Her vast knowledge and in-depth contribution to higher education directly contributed to the establishment of the exclusive Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetic Therapies), the first university degree qualification for Aesthetics in Australia through the University of New England. Tina is frequently invited to sit on University Advisory Boards and consulted in the development of new qualifications in beauty and aesthetics.
Specifically, she has worked extensively with the University of Queensland and during the past three years was a member of the Curriculum Advisory Council with the Australasian College of Health and Wellness for the recently approved and launched Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Clinical Aesthetics).
Dr. Ivor Blumenthal – South Africa
Ivor Blumenthal has degrees in Law, Psychology and Business
In 1998 he was appointed as Chairperson of the Services SETA and at the same time was also appointed as a member of the National Skills Authority, which is an advisory body to the Minister of Labour and was responsible for developing the Skills Development Act, the Skills Development Funding Act and the South African Qualifications Act.
First CEO of the Services SETA and grew the Services SETA to a R1 billion levy income organisation.
One of those instrumental in creating the International Professional Standards Network (IPSN).
He obtained his Doctorate In Innovation and Technology from Da Vinci University, in 2010
He established a European Consulting company of associates entitled ArkKonsult. He has written a book entitled “50 Shades of Greed – The Services SETA, Warts and All”.
In 1994 he became a City Councillor for Johannesburg serving as an Independent. He also served as Vice Chairman of an Old Age Home and taught as a part-time lecturer in Marketing, Strategy and HR at the Witwatersrand Technikon in Johannesburg for 10 years.
Dr. HH Leung – Hong Kong
Dr. Leung was the Senior Assistant Executive Director of VTC prior to his retirement in December 2013. He holds a Bachelor and a Doctoral degree in Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer.
Dr. Leung has extensive experience in the education and training fields. He started his career in the teaching profession as a lecturer in a technical institute and progressed subsequently to a Principal in heading an Institute of Vocational Education. Thereafter, Dr Leung was posted to the VTC Headquarters responsible for the management and administration of different training activities including VTC Training Boards and General Committees activities, Trade Testing, Skills Upgrading Scheme, Qualifications Framework comprising of the preparation of Specification of competency Standards for different industries along with the Recognition of Prior Learning, Apprenticeship & Traineeship training, and Training for the unemployed, vocational assessment.
Dr. Leung was instrumental in Hong Kong/China becoming members of the IPSN and the instigator for encouraging Japan to join the IPSN.
On joining the IPSN Dr. HH Leung said that it was very exciting for Hong Kong to be accepted as a member of the IPSN as it gave Hong Kong the opportunity to benchmark the skills and knowledge of the hairdressing and beauty industry against the participating countries ensuring that these standards are of an equivalent standard.
Dr. HH Leung lead a delegation of Hong Kong and Chinese officials and hairdressing and beauty industry practitioners to visit Australia.
Jeanette Allen - Australia
Jeanette Allen was 15 when she decided she wanted to be a hairdresser.
Little did she know then just how far her Australian Apprenticeship would take her.
“When I completed my apprenticeship in hairdressing, I had an excellent grasp on all aspects of the trade,” Jeanette said.
“Within six years I was a salon manager and within 10 years I owned and operated two salons employing 15 staff.”
Jeanette quickly realised as a business owner, and trainer of her own Australian Apprentices, that teaching the profession of hairdressing was to be her next goal.
A career of life-long learning was to follow.
“My apprenticeship really was the foundation I needed to kick-start my career, and as the years progressed, I found I was able to build upon that qualification through further education and experience to extend myself and my career opportunities,” she said.
“I’ve been a hairdresser, business owner, teacher and curriculum designer and for a number of years the CEO of Service Skills Australia – a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving training and enhancing skills and workforce development for Australians, especially apprentices and trainees.”
Jeanette has now established her own consultancy with a view to contributing to the development of the vocational education and training sector and the many opportunities it offers to business and industry.
“I believe Australian Apprenticeships have the power to change lives,” she said.
“By taking on an apprenticeship, you are opening yourself up to a world of opportunities where you can gain an independent and well-paid career.”
In 2011 Jeanette was the inaugural winner of the Leadership in Quality Award at the Australian Training Awards.
Erica Cumming - New Zealand
Erica has enjoyed a longstanding career as a Chief Executive Officer of the NZ Hair & Beauty Industry Training Organisation Inc (HITO), while at the same time serving in a governance role on a range of Boards including WorldSkills NZ. Erica has led HITO through successive government policy changes, introduced new industries to apprenticeships, overseen the development of new qualifications for the hair and beauty sectors, and has achieved international recognition and certification of New Zealand qualifications”.
A fully qualified hairdresser, having started her career in hairdressing in Gore at 15 years old as an apprentice and going on to own her own salons, Ms Cumming has been an advocate for the tertiary education sector and in particular people in the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industries to get qualified – both in New Zealand, and through her role as Chair of the International Professional Standards Network, an international organisation that works to raise the standard of hair and beauty organisations across the world.
Akemi Shimomura - Japan
C.E.O., Shape Up House Co., Ltd.
Akemi Shimomura owns 132 shops in Japan under the brands name of Dandy House for men and Miss Paris for women, 7 Miss Paris Beauty Colleges approved by the government of Japan. Sales of HK$100 Billion a year (Sep 2011). In Hong Kong she has 4 salons and one school. In China she has 2 salons.
Akemi Shimomura created the NPO Soin Esthetic Association in Japan, which awards the 5 Stars qualifications to approved Beauty Centers. Five Stars Awards is obtained by keeping a high-level employees education, impeccable health and clean standards, up to date equipment, customers’ contract transparency and safety and quality of the cosmetics used.
1982 Established Shape Up House Co., Ltd
1986 Established Miss Paris Inc.
1990 Established Miss Paris Beauty College
2004 Founded NPO Soin Esthetic Association
2008 Established Miss Paris Group Ltd. (Hong Kong)
2009 Established Shape Up House China Ltd. (Hong Kong)
2010 Established Miss Paris Beauty (Shanghai) Ltd. (China)
2005 Awarded “The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” by The Star Group USA
2008 Awarded “The Business Women of the Year” by the Industrial Newspaper of Japan
2010 Awarded “The New Business Creation Special Award” by the New Business Association of Japan
– Director of The Kanto New Business Association
– Member of the Japan Association of the Corporate Executives
– Manager of the Association of Japan Management Association Female department
– Chief Director of the Miss Paris School Corporation
– Vice Chairwomen of the NPO Soin Esthetic Association
– Ikenobo College Guest Professor
Jane Trewin - Australia
Development to Vocational Education and Training
Over many year Jane has promoted and driven the benefits of working in the Hair and Beauty industries. She holds an IPSN certificate and has been a strong supporter since certificates were first introduced. She facilitated most of her teaching staff and students to apply for and receive an IPSN certificate, she has attended the IPSN annual conference in Hong Kong
TAFE NSW Faculty Director, Tourism, Hospitality & Service Industries Jane Trewin was recognised for more than three decades of outstanding contribution to the Hairdressing industry at the Hair Expo Awards Gala at the International Convention Centre.
Jane’s senior leadership in implementing Australia’s first course in Barbering Apprenticeship was just one innovation that brought about her selection as the newest member of the Hair Expo Hall of Fame.
“Being inducted into the Hair Expo Hall of Fame is an honour and wonderful recognition from an industry that has given me great opportunities since I was 14,” Jane said. “I thank all who have helped my along the way and aim to keep on improving and growing hairdressing and barbering education for years to come.”
This Hall of Fame accolade comes on the heels of her being presented with the International Professional Standards Network’s Award of Honour in Seoul in April.
Pang Kam Chiu – Hong Kong
Mr. Pang joined the Beauty and Hairdressing Training Board (BHTB) in 2007 and was appointed as the Board Chairman since 2013. Mr Pang is the CEO of Pivot Point College Hong Kong and the Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Image Designer Association and is one of the founding members of Intercoiffure China (ICD China) which are all leading trade associations in the hairdressing industry.
Mr. Pang has excellent networks in the industry and is very active in the sectors of hairdressing salons, training institutions, equipment, merchandising of products, wholesalers and retailers of related sectors. He has made significant contributions to the work of the BHTB, including WorldSkills Competitions, Manpower Surveys, Trade Test and Vocational Assessment (OEMC Scheme)
As the Chairman of the BHTB, Mr. Pang made great efforts to support the development of the “one-examination-multiple-certificate (OEMC) scheme for the beauty and hairdressing industries, which was successfully launched in 2103 and practitioners were enabled to have recognition from the local region, the Mainland and the IPSN.
Cheung Ching Fai, Nancy – Hong Kong
Nancy Cheung is the subject expert of Hairdressing & Style of the VYC and also one of the appointed IPSN delegates of the Hairdressing group since the VTC joined in 2013. Nancy has devoted her career to Hairdressing industry for 40 years and she’s been with the VTC for 30 years, she has made great efforts to boost the VYC image through cultivating strong partnerships with salient external stakeholders in the aesthetic field. With her expertise and networks, VTC successfully launched the “one-examination-multiple-certificate (OEMC) scheme for the hairdressing and beauty fields in 2013.
Nancy was the “Principle writer” of the Specification of Competency Standards” (SCS) for the hairdressing industry, with her concerted effort in working with other writers, the SCS (hairdressing) was successfully launched in 2014 and completed the revalidation. Nancy has made concerted efforts to nurture VTC hairdressing students to participate in various local and international skills competitions. Through a series of well-designed and executed training programmes VTC students were able to attain outstanding performance and win various awards.
Phillip Millar - New Zealand
Phillip has been immersed in the Hairdressing Industry as a qualified Men’s and Women’s Hairdresser, both as a multiple salon owner and trainer, and is now in his 50th year of practise.
During this time Phillip has committed to many roles both regionally and nationally within the New Zealand Hairdressing Industry.
He has never shirked from leadership roles and has picked up the baton when many others have declined; always with a view to ‘what’s best for the industry?’ This includes board membership and time served as the Chairperson of the New Zealand Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO) Board.
Phillip is truly passionate about the hairdressing industry and believes in currency and high standards of training, together with a pathway for on-going education that is readily available and offered to all trainees within the industry.
More recently his focus has been on Qualification by Experience or ‘Q by E’ (as it is commonly called), for the many skilled operators who could well benefit by the recognition of their skills. This is a legitimate pathway to becoming qualified, established by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the New Zealand government’s accrediting body.
Phillip is passionate, dedicated and proactive, with a strong sense of ethics and due process.
Phillip is not a person to look backward, rather he recognises that this a changing world and there is both a desire and a strong need to be open to change, progressive in one’s thinking for what is in the interests of the Hair and Beauty Industry, and what best serves the future of its membership.
Phillip began his working life with a university degree in ‘Wool’. It was the introduction to the fashion world of ‘Crimplene’ (and thoughts this might have led to the demise of wool) that resulted in him changing career paths – a decision he has never regretted.
He and his partner took their passion and skills to salon ownership in their early 20’s. Multiple salons with a staff of more than 80 was the challenge of the day. History has more recently seen them with sole ownership of their present salon for more than 20 years.
Phillip is a valued assessor and a moderator, as committed and passionate about these responsibilities as he was at the outset. He is at the coalface of the Industry, and knows first-hand that the decisions of today affect the future of our Industry tomorrow.
Cathy Davis - New Zealand
A hairdresser and educator, Cathy Davys has been in the hairdressing industry for over 40 years. During this time she has received many international awards. Highlights include representing New Zealand at the World Cup Hairdressing Championships in Paris and London, winning the Oceanic Masters in Tasmania, working with Inter Coiffure in Bulgaria and taking out the title of Kitomba Business Stylist of the Year. Most recently, Cathy through her years of experience, won the HITO Educator of the Year award.
Professional development has seen Cathy attend UCLA, Los Angeles; Vidal Sassoon Academy, London; and Vivienne Mackinder HairdesignerTV. Outside of the salon, Cathy has worked extensively in the competition sector of the hairdressing industry, working as President of the Wellington Hairdressing Association, a New Zealand competition committee member, a Foreperson Judge, and as a Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation Advisory Board Member.
Cathy has educated over 500 stylists and apprentices. Through this she has promoted hairdressing apprenticeships and qualifications, and in doing so, has strived to elevate the standards of hairdressing in New Zealand.
From bridal to red carpet and cutting to colour perfection, Cathy’s open, honest approach to sharing knowledge makes her a natural leader and educator. Whether on the salon floor, or representing her country internationally, she will continue learning and educating through hairdressing, believing one can never stop learning.
Cathy has been a willing and very supportive member of the hairdressing industry in New Zealand. There are many who are very grateful for the skills and knowledge she has so generously passed onto new and experienced entrants in the industry.
Naoki Yoshihara - Japan
After opening the first hair salon, Mr. Yoshihara had managed and operated numbers of hair salons under different names for more than a decade. In 1997, he unified the names of the salons into one brand name, as “Ash”, and inaugurated a brand new business model, “Noren Wake Franchise System” (Brand-sharing with franchisees born from within the group) which has brought his business to make a big leap.
After IPO, Mr. Naoki Yoshihara led Arte to adopt Brand Portfolio Strategy and conducted mergers & acquisitions and new company launches.
He also led Arte in 2006 to acquire 100% ownership of NYNY Co., Ltd., which deploys hair salons in Kansai region, in 2007 to acquire 100% of shares of Style Designer, Co., Ltd. from K.K. Circle K Thanks, and in 2014 to merge a company doing eye beauty & care business and rename the company to Diamond Eyes, Co., Ltd. to hold 100% ownership. Thus, Arte has responded to the wide variety of needs of consumers and hairdressers so as to enlarge the organization and to form one of the largest professional beauty service business group in Japan.
With the big cause of contributing to the hairdressing industry’s growth, Mr. Yoshihara put together some best local salons in the metropolitan area and organized DANK (United Danks International, Inc. today), to betterment of the hairdressers’ working environment and enhancement of the hairdressing techniques and skills. He took the office of the first chairman of the Board of Directors of DANK. He conducted events, such as hair shows, festivals and alike, for recruiting hairdressers and enhancement of staff’s motivation, seminars for quality techniques and skills, technical and creative contests inviting member hairdressers, and so on. He also implementd international hairdressers’ technique/creativity exchange.
Putting DANKS as the core, Mr. Yoshihara called nation-wide for best local salons’ participation, and formed PROGRESS-no-Kai (PROGRESS, Inc. today), a study group of hair salon management, under the mission of “modernization of salon business management” and “improvement of productivity of hair salons”. Yoshihara also became the first chairman of the board of directors of PROGRESS-no-Kai. PROGRESS’s pursuit of the cutting-edge technologies of hairdressing salon management resulted in a remarkable growth of member salons, i.e. with the 0.2% of total number of salons in Japan they achieved 3% of total salon sales in Japan. Along with the start of PROGRESS, Inc., he launched Nihon Biyo Keiei Kyokai (Japan Beauty Salon Management Association). This association offers cross-industrial linkage/network to/with various other hairdressing groups and associations to work together for a big cause of further enhancement of hairdressing business’s productivity and betterment of hairdressers’ working environment.
Mr. Yoshihara took an initiative to establish Asia Beauty Academy (ABA) to make Japanese hairdressing techniques the Asia’s “standard” of hairdressing techniques. He called for renowned hair salons in Japan, besides the top salons in Ginza and Aoyama, and manufacturers and distributors of products for professional use, to come together to make it happen in Asia. Mr. Naoki Yoshihara was appointed as the first chairman of the board of directors of ABA. To set the hairdressing standards in Asia, he took an initiative to put together the ABA basic hair cut manual. He has conducted hairdressing technical seminars in Asian countries and in Japan for Asian hairdressers, hair shows to attract Asian hairdressers, besides Japanese, etc. He is driving a new era of Japan’s hair and beauty business.
Naoko Banno - Japan
Founder and CEO, NonStress Inc. 1996-Present
Founder and President, NonStres USA, Inc. 2012- Present
-Founded the nail salon “Nail Quick”, which becomes the 2nd largest nail salon in Japan, and the largest in the Tokyo. Run 73 nail salons including New York SOHO salon named Spanail.
-Also started to make and sell non allergenic Gel Nail named “Nail Parfait Gels” which are distributed to China, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada and USA.
-Have 360 staff members and tried to introduce original HR systems which can have staff members work and raise children easier.
Career Strategy Inc. 1994-2005
Founder and President
KPMG Group 1989-1993
Director, ECI, 1993
Senior Consultant, KPMG Peat Marwick Consulting 1989-1992
Fuji Television Network 1980-1987
New York Correspondent, 1985-1987
Worked as news caster and reporter 1980-1985
Juliana Yang - Hong Kong
Juliana Yang is the Managing Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER ACADEMY Hong Kong. She has been the President of the International Professional Make Up Artists Federation (Hong Kong) which is one of the leading trade associations in beauty care and hairdressing industry and in the region.
She has been the Vice-Chairman of Beauty and Hairdressing Training Board (BHTB) of Vocational Training Council (VTC) in Hong Kong since 2013 to provide professional advices to the development of Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) in the Beauty Care industry. She was also a Member of BHTB during the periods from 2001 to 2007 and from 2011 to 2013. Besides, she was the advisor of BHTB between 2008 and 2011 as well. During the past years, she had made significant contributions to the works of BHTB and provided expert advice to the development and implementation of the following VPET activities:
- Trade testing in Beautician and Make-up Artist
- Hong Kong Worldskills Competitions in Beauty Therapy
- One Examination, Multiple Certification System (OEMC) in Beauty Care
Apart from providing constructive advices to the curriculum of different programmes of VTC through her leadership in the BHTB and other committees, Ms. Yang is currently the Chairman of the Industry and Training Advisory Committee in Beauty Care and Hairdressing under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework. She has actively participated in the developments of Specification and Competency Standards and the Recognition of Prior Learning Mechanism in Beauty Care in the past years. With her ample experience in the industry, she is appointed by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualification as the Subject Specialist (Make up and Beauty Therapy) of the industry.