The Industry Awards team are excited to introduce you to the four training judges on our panel this year!
We're honoured to have so many talented judges on board, all bringing with them years of experience and dedication to training in our industry. Keep reading to find out more about them.
Kim Ryan – Owner, Advanced Derma Care
Trained nurse and beauty therapist Kim Ryan has worked in the beauty industry for over 25 years, winning numerous awards for training and business development along the way. Kim and her husband Paul since founded Advanced Derma Care where Kim is the lead in product selection and training.
Kim was formerly the President of the New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Therapists, striving for safe practice and continuous education for all beauty therapists. It’s no surprise Kim is a sought-after beauty expert, having written for a number of magazines, including NZ Beauty, Headway, Mindfood, M2 Woman and Simply Beauty.
Kim has loved seeing the increase in entries from beauty therapists and can’t wait to see the talent in store this year.
Rebecca Brent – Owner, Willis York
Rebecca Brent is one of New Zealand’s most influential hair colourists, with over twenty years of styling experience. With over ten years in the L’Oréal Professionnel artistic team she has carved out a niche for creative colour work and exceptional education seminars. By experimenting and pushing the boundaries with L’Oreal colour, she has majorly shaped the New Zealand colour scene with her hand painted pastel work, coined colour recipes and beautiful imagery.
Rebecca is the director/owner of iconic salon Willis York in Wellington. With a loyal following, Rebecca and the team at Willis York are renowned for inspirational hair work, as well as producing award winning, original thinking hair experts.
She continually gives back to the industry by hosting and curating fashion and design events and can’t wait to judge with this year’s panel.
Katrina Herbert – Owner, The Capital Barber
Kat began her journey as a hairdressing apprentice at just 15 years old. After completing her qualification under the tutelage of David Bendell, she became a contractor stylist in the Wellington region, later opening her own salon in Petone. Kat thoroughly enjoyed hairdressing and the opportunities it offered, particularly training young professionals to help them gain their qualifications.
With a passion for cutting and styling men’s hair, Kat diversified her skills, training in barbering and men’s grooming in 2005 and positioning herself as senior barber at Monsignors Barber Shop. In 2015 Kat opened her own inner-city barber shop in Wellington, The Capital Barber, offering corporate professionals a first-class barbering experience. With both barbering and hairdressing under her belt, Kat is the perfect trainer to her apprentices.
Kat is looking forward to being part of the judging team and can’t wait to scout new talent.
Mana Dave – Blaze
Mana Dave is an award-winning hairstylist and platform artist from Auckland. Mana loves the creativity and people focus of hairdressing, particularly his ability to make people look and feel good. He is the artistic director and owner of celebrated salon, Blaze, where he and his forward-thinking team are dedicated to training, upskilling, and mastering the latest trends.
His passion for hair colour and commitment to education and training has positioned him as a powerful figure in the hairdressing industry.
Owning two successful salon brands, Mana understands the significance of both technical skills and business acumen. For him, great hair colour is achieved through a good consultation and strategic colour placement.
Mana first joined the judging panel for the training awards last year and is excited to be returning again to see the ever-growing talent in our industries!