Meet the Creative Judges | The Industry Awards 2022

The Industry Awards team are excited to introduce you to the panel of judges for our creative awards this year!

We're honoured to have so many talented judges on board, all bringing with them years of experience and dedication to the hair and barbering industries. Keep reading to find out more about them.

Hair Judges

Celebrated italian hair stylist Angelo Seminara, pictured at home in London today.

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Angelo Seminara

Angelo is arguably the most inspirational hairdresser of his generation. The global creative visionary and Goldwell Global Ambassador opened his first salon in London’s Knightsbridge.

Challenging the norm, Angelo is obsessed with achieving the unachievable. His extraordinary work and exceptional creativity take us to a brave new world where he crafts hair to create curious new shapes, textures, and colours.

Angelo’s genius is sought by curators of fashion and style exhibitions across the globe. Yet, Angelo remains grounded and unassuming, generously sharing his skills worldwide, aiming to make hairdressing the best it possibly can be for everyone everywhere.

Lex Buckley

Lex Buckley

Together with his partner Sheryl, Lex is the publisher of the well-known Images Magazine. Now in its 21st year, Images has earned an international reputation and was even awarded an Intercoiffure Global Press Award Paris in 2009.

Lex says; “With a keen interest in photography, I have an eye for the “money shot” which is stunning enough for a magazine editorial or front cover. My focus while judging the submitted images this year will be on the total look and feel of the shot; for example, does it tell a story? Is it visually exciting?”

This will be Lex’s 7th year judging the Editorial Stylist of the Year awards – as a stalwart of the industry and with a keen eye for detail, we’re excited to have him on board again this year and we truly value his experience and support.

Lyndal Salmon

Lyndal Salmon

A passionate visionary with a natural talent and flair for hair, Lyndal is making her mark on the industry she adores. She has been recognised by the industry as not only an outstanding educator who has shaped the career of thousands, but a true influencer and leader in Australian hairstyling.

Lyndal is the Creative Director and Head Educator of BIBA Academy, an iconic Australian hairdressing institution that has guided the industry for more than 40 years. She inspires the next generation of hairstylists to strive for excellence in design and cutting precision.

Patrick Cameron (1)

Patrick Cameron MBE

Having travelled to the four corners of the world many times, Patrick is acknowledged by his peers as the leading name in long hair. Since arriving in the UK from New Zealand in 1987, Patrick has worked in association with global brand, Wella.

Patrick is also the consummate professional, inspiring hairdressers with his unique blend of education and fantastic ability to make even the most complex hairstyle look easy. Audiences at his stage performances are always enthralled by the theatrical and fun element Patrick injects into his shows.

In the 2022 Queens Birthday Honours list, Patrick was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to the Hairdressing Industry, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, where he produced free weekly online programmes on his "Access All Areas" platform to inspire others in the industry to keep positive and increase their hairdressing skills and knowledge whilst at home.

Sophia Hilton

Sophia Hilton

Sophia runs 4 highly successful businesses despite only working a 4 day week; she's managed to achieve what most dream of, exceptional career success and a relaxed, work-life balance. Now, her biggest ambition is to share the systems and techniques that she's developed in her own life to make this balance achievable to everyone!

The ‘Not Another’ brand has been completely disrupting the hair industry since its launch 7 years ago. From being the fastest growing UK salon on Instagram, to launching groundbreaking campaigns such as 'gender neutral price lists' and 'silent haircuts', which we now see replicated worldwide; Sophia and Not Another Salon were set to trailblaze.

Recently, her Not Another Online learning Platform reached over 8000 students across 52 countries worldwide, and is now being translated into 5 languages. And despite battling with diagnosed ADHD and dyslexia, Sophia has managed to win a whopping 13 business awards along the way.

Barbering Judges

Clipper Kayne

Clipper Kayne

Kayne has travelled the globe, spreading his love of the craft through education. Working with some of the biggest names in the industry along the way. Kayne's crispy fades and hilarious content have seen him grow a cult following online. With over 200K+ followers on Instagram and TikTok, he's not slowing down anytime soon.

2022 saw Kayne open the doors to his own shop, Clipper Kayne and Co. Located in Queensland's Gold Coast, Kayne says it is his proudest professional achievement.

A lover of fresh fades, hair art, and sharp edges; Kayne's style has traditional roots with a modern twist. From humble beginnings to an award-winning shop owner with a cult following, Kayne is sure to inspire. He'll leave you with the skills you need to leave your own unique mark on the barbering world.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown

Matt Brown is an internationally acclaimed barber, hair artist and the founder of My Fathers Barbers. His dedication to reviving the craft of barbering has seen him teach and demonstrate all over the world.

Matt, together with his wife Sarah (Ngāpuhi/Te Rarawa) founded the anti-violence movement 'She Is Not Your Rehab', helping men to acknowledge their childhood trauma and take responsibility for their own healing. He was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit In the 2022 Queens Birthday Honours list for services to mental health and the prevention of family violence.

Matt is a facilitator of a barbering program he created inside men’s prisons throughout New Zealand and in 2020 became a Corrections NZ patron. He has also been an ambassador for the It’s Not OK campaign with the Ministry of Social Development since 2018 and was awarded the Westfield Mall Local Hero award in 2020. Matt was a finalist for the 2021 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year.

Rex Silver

Rex Silver

Rex is a 37-year hair industry veteran, and since crossing over to men’s hairdressing and barbering eight years ago, has amassed seven AHIA finalist nominations in barbering categories including 2x Best Barber Australia.

His barber businesses are winners of nine Westpac/News Corp Best in Business awards, he’s on the judging panel at this year’s Australian Modern Barber Awards and was a judge at the Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA’s).

Rex has been the editor of BarberShop magazine since Dec 2019. Published quarterly, BarberShop magazine features in-depth interviews and showcases the work of Australian and International Barbers and Barber Shop Businesses. The magazine covers industry news and business trends, the latest gear and products, and everything in-between to give a well-balanced overview of all things that make up today's modern barbering world.

Rhys Whitehouse

Rhys Whitehouse

Rhys is the current Wahl British Barber of the Year, Head Educator at Hinces, Pro-Barber World Series Barber of the Year 2021 Finalist, and Stylebook Ambassador.

Rhys has been cutting hair for seven years, doing guest spots abroad and appearing at multiple hair events on stages across the UK as well as teaching private workshops in salons and barbershops

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