International Professional Standards Network

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 Millar

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.