Mark Leeson, who won the British Hairdresser of the Year award 2014 and the prestigious Colour Expert award in the same year, is one of the UK's most respected hairdressers.
Renowned for his excellent colour work, stunning creativity and ability to educate, inspire and motivate, Mark has won an endless list of awards and is consistently nominated year after year for the prestigious British Hairdresser of the year award. He also won the Eastern Hairdresser of the Year award three times at the British Hairdressing awards, placing him amongst hairdressings’ elite in the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame.
Known for his excellent colour work and producing the most beautiful and striking collections, Mark has a reputation for possessing the finest finishing skills in the industry. To Mark, education is paramount and sharing his knowledge, ideas and skills, is in his opinion, what allows Britain to keep its well-deserved reputation of being the best hairdressing industry in the world.
Mark wants to make you look and feel fantastic.
Salon Manager Terri Kay has worked closely with Mark Leeson throughout her career having trained at the same salon as Mark. She has been part of the Mark Leeson team since 2002 and works tirelessly as the Manager. Terri is a greatly respected hairdresser in her own right and has a long list of awards and accolades to her name, including three-times winner of Eastern Hairdresser of the Year. "My ambition has always been to get into the Hall of Fame for Eastern Hairdresser of the Year and I have now achieved that. It's an incredible feeling and I Still can't quite believe it."
Richard Darby is the managing director of Mark Leeson Hair Body and Mind and is the driving force behind this thriving salon.
Richard deals with all HR issues, accounts, staffing, marketing, recruitment, and generally directing business and strategically planning the company’s future.
Richard has a keen eye for photographic work and art directs Mark Leeson’s photo shoots – something which the company has become renowned for within the hairdressing industry.
Shaun is the salon manager for the Mark Leeson salon in Chesterfield and the company’s Art Director. Shaun is widely recognised in the hairdressing circuit for his creativity and artistic flair, regularly joining Mark on photographic shoots and hairdressing tours around the globe. Shaun has been with Mark Leeson since 2003 after he completed his training at the salon. His career has included a long list of awards, which began when Shaun won Newcomer of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards in 2009. In 2012 Shaun won the prestigious Eastern Hairdresser of the Year award placing him as one of the greatest hairdressers in the region. Other awards include winner of Hair Magazine’s Best Salon Stylist 2013 and in the same year, winner of British Hairdressing Awards Artistic Team of the Year.
Assistant Salon Manager, Assistant Hair Manager and Art Director, Lisa began 27 years ago as one of Mark’s juniors. Now a highly qualified stylist and educator, Lisa is part of the training and assessor team. A particular passion for Lisa is reconstructing damaged hair and returning it to a healthy condition. Lisa has completed a Goldwell Colour Expert Course. She also gets involved in photo shoots.
Artistic Director Ria McCabe joined the team in 2004 when she was personally trained by Mark Leeson. She's completed her NVQ level 2 and Goldwell's Colour Degree course. Ria is part of the salons' art team and loves nothing more than working on a new collection with her peers. When she's not hairdressing she likes spending time with family and friends in Mansfield, however making her clients smile with her fantastic transformations is what keeps her passion for hairdressing alive. "I would love the artistic team to win an award at the British Hairdressing Awards and to be widely recognised for our creativity," she says.
Art Director Joseph I’Anson has been hairdressing since he left school and had only one vision of where he wanted to train and work – at the Mark Leeson salon. He is now in-demand for his beautiful cut and colour work and loves nothing more than transforming his clients and creating stunning hair. When he’s not working in the salon, Joseph enjoys socialising with his friends and experimenting on block heads to create the next season’s hottest looks.
Assistant Manager and Art Director, Andrea joined the Mark Leeson team in November 2014 and has recently completed the Colour Expert Course at the Goldwell Academy in London. An advocate of great professional products, Andrea is a big fan of the Colour Magnetics range. Her signature style is an ultra-sleek bob.
Artistic stylist, Abbey has been an integral part of the team for the last five years. She began as a graduate stylist and has been personally trained by Mark. An extremely skilled stylist, Abbey is qualified in all aspects of hairdressing.
As a stylist, Lauren’s highlight of her career has been working on the Master Colourist Course at the Goldwell Academy in London. Working in the salon, Lauren’s signature style is big, bouncy curls and her favourite products are Redken’s Frizz Dismiss Shampoo and Conditioner. When not working, Lauren loves spending time with her family, friends and her dog, Rossi.
Graduate stylist, Bayleigh is one of the newest recruits and loves the creative colour side of the business. She is currently being personally trained by Mark Leeson and enjoys the experience of working with Mark on the catwalks.
Graduate stylist, Olivia joined the team two years ago. She has NVQ Level 2 and is working on the master colourist program. She loves colour work, creating rich, glossy colours and perfecting bouncy blow dries and waves. Olivia also spends time on photo shoots with Mark and the team and loves the creative inspiration this provides.
Senior Beauty Therapist. Laura has been with the salon since 2005 and is responsible for ensuring that their beauty services equal the exceptional hairdressing.
Laura's client care, knowledge, discretion and passion for all things beauty is a testament to her loyal clientele. Laura is qualified to the highest standards and ensures all services delivered in the salon reflect this.
Senior Beauty Therapist Elle has been with the salon for over three years after gaining training and experience in a leading day spa. Her calming, caring approach matched with first-class delivery of treatments has gained Elle a growing clientele. She thrives on meeting clients and making them feel special and pampered in the luxurious surroundings of the Mark Leeson beauty rooms.
Front of House
Senior receptionist Jonathan is passionate about customer care and finalised this year for the prestigious Front of House award at the British Hairdresser Business Awards. Jonathan is a nominee for Front of House team of year 2015. He joined the team in January 2015 and has worked in customer service for over 15 years.
Receptionist Yasmin joined the team in November 2014 and has a wealth of expertise about hairdressing products. Her hero hair product is Redken Rebel Tame Cream and her top tip? “Always use a heat protector”. When not working, Yasmin loves to party.
Apprentice Josh Denby came on board last year and has a passion for colour work. He has NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing and enjoys industry shows that give plenty of inspiration for the work in the salon. Josh loves getting to know the clients and outside the salon enjoys "big nights out" in different cities.
Laura is head junior and joined Mark Leeson in November 2014. With bouncy curls being Laura’s signature style, she is a big fan of KMS Free Shape Quick Blow Dry to perfect the look. Laura also advises regular hair treatments to keep hair feeling and looking extra healthy.
Abbie joined the team as a junior in June 2014 and loves working with Mark on shows and events. With a passion for working with long, big and bouncy hair, Abbie’s top tip is to get hair trimmed every four weeks to ensure tip top condition. Outside-salon pursuits involve keeping up with friends and family and caring for her pet lizard.
Kim joined the team this year as a junior. Her current career highlight is completing her Level 1 in hairdressing. Kim’s signature style is fabulous loose curls. Kim’s top tip to keep hair looking great is regular trims for healthy looking locks. Apart from salon life, Kim loves socialising.
Junior Assistant, Alice Started Sept 2015. She loves training with Mark and outside of work loves makeup and anything to do with beauty!