International Professional Standards Network

Technical Delegates

The purpose of the Technical Delegates is to provide technical advice to the IPSN Board  on trans-national mapping, benchmarking and industry advice, to inform reciprocity of industry standards. Each IPSN country member is required to provide a technical delegate as outlined in the IPSN policies. This delegate must have an in depth knowledge of the qualification structure and technical skills of their industry within their country. Technical support delegates may also be identified where specialist knowledge is required. When mapping a new country the IPSN Board will select technical delegate(s) to meet with a new member country to validate the new country information.


  • Map the skills and knowledge within qualifications and commercial outputs of industries within member countries and benchmark these against the ipsn standard.
  • Provide technical information and recommendations to the board regarding industry information.
  • Promote the sharing of knowledge among the ipsn member countries.
  • Inform the ipsn member countries of developments in technical and environmental changes within their own country.
  • Provide expertise on ipsn benchmarking and facilitate benchmarking activities.
  • Moderate the benchmarking process to maintain the integrity of the ipsn benchmarking.


Donna DeMaria

Australia Technical Delegate - Hairdressing

Donna Demaria is the Head Teacher of Hair and Beauty at  TAFENSW, Liverpool campus.  She has 25 years’ experience within the VET sector, working with a range of teaching sections across the state.  Currently leading, supporting and developing staff, managing and monitoring the compliance and finances, planning and designing delivery models and learning resources for five qualifications and driving quality outcomes for all. A strong focus on customer service, building the Hairdressing brand across TAFE NSW nationally and globally, identifying business opportunities, collaborating with partners and building business networks to increase workplace opportunities. Donna is a fully Qualified Hairdresser, Barber and Beauty Therapist; Certificate III Hairdressing, Certificate III Barbering, Certificate  IV Hairdressing, Diploma Beauty Therapy, Diploma Salon Management, Graduate Certificate in Communication and Management and  Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education and Training.

Since 2007 Donna has been the Worldskills Australia Chief Expert for Hairdressing, designing and facilitating or national competitions, writing regional and National projects and mentoring and training our Australian Hairdressing competitors to complete in the Worldskills International hairdressing competitions.   In 2009 she was elected Deputy Chief Expert for Worldskills International, assisting the Chief Expert designing and implementing the International Worldskills competition in London in 2011.  In 2011 and to current, Donna was elected the Chief Expert for Hairdressing Worldskills International.  This role requires her to Lead and manage the Worldskills International Hairdressing competitions, designing Hairdressing competition projects, facilitating forum, and networking with Hairdressers around the globe. During her time as the Chief Expert, she lead a project to design an International Standard of Specifications for Hairdressing.  This document was validated by Skills Services around the globe and is now used as a benchmark for Worldskills International Hairdressing competitions and it is used as a training tool for many International countries to benchmark their hairdressing training.

Cynthia Ling

Hong Kong Technical Delegate - Beauty

Cynthia is now a Senior Lecturer at the Youth College under the Vocational Training Council of Hong Kong.  She is the Programme Leader for the Diploma of Vocational Education (Beauty Care) programme which was developed according to the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework.  Cynthia has also written the Specifications of Competency Standards in regard to Cosmetic Light Therapy and has proven record in developing skills on a local and international platform through assessment recognitions and competitions.

Cynthia graduated with a first degree in Applicable Mathematics (The University of Westminster, U.K) and a Master degree in Workplace Health and Wellbeing (The University of Nottingham, U.K).  She attained her CIDESCO and ITEC Aestheticienne Diploma and has over 18 years of experience in the Beauty Therapy field including education, consultancy and operational work.

Stephen Ma

Hong Kong Technical Delegate - Hairdressing

Mr Stephen Ma is a Senior Lecturer of Youth College under Vocational Training Council (VTC) of Hong Kong. He has been devoted to hairdressing education and training since joining VTC in 2008 and is responsible for formulating and developing new curriculum and training materials for the subjects of Hairdressing Design at different levels from Diploma of Vocational Education programme to Higher Diploma programme as well as the Traineeship Scheme under the Office of the Director of Apprenticeship.

Prior to joining VTC, he was the investor and manager of Hairdressing Salons for years, with wide experiences particularly in the management and supervision of Hairdressing Salons’ operation and also training-related jobs. He has previously served as Marketing and Sales Managers of hair and beauty product companies, taking charge of business development and marketing.

Stephen obtained a Bachelor Degree in 2001 from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT). He is a Specialist for Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) in Hairdressing Industry.


Hideko Tanabe

Japan Technical Delegate - Beauty

1991 onward, joined MISS PARIS INC.

  • became the vice-principle of Miss Paris Beauty Academy
  • became the education research chairperson of Japan Spa Wellness Association

Tsubasa Yamasaki

Japan Technical Delegate - Hairdressing

2010-2013 was in UK, studied the language as well as working as the hairdresser

2013 May onward, joined EUPHORIA Japan

2015 onward, as leader of EUPHORIA’s color team, he led the internal education on manual and color technique

2017 to now, became salon manager of EUPHORIA Ginza Main salon