At the Great British Barbering Academy, we strongly believe that to be the best, you have to invest in the best. That’s why we have some of most in demand barbers in the country delivering our courses.

Our team of educators have hundreds of years of experience, countless awards and a plethora of successful barber shops under their aprons.


Mike Taylor (SRB)

Head Educator

Mike Taylor is widely recognised as one of the very best in the business. He has come a long way since opening his first barber shop in Newbury, Berkshire at the age of 20.

He now has a plethora of shops across the South of England and co-founded the British Barbers’ Association back in 2010.

No stranger to teaching others, Mike already delivers training for short courses at his training academy in Poole as well as teaching and assessing barbering NVQ 2 and 3.


  • NVQ Level 2 and 3 qualified barber

  • State Registered Barber

  • Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) of Assessment Processes & Practice

  • Awarded Hairdressing Council 'Master Craftsman'

  • Co-founder of the British Barbers' Association

  • Board Member of the Barber Council

  • Accredited Grand Master Barber with British Master Barbers

  • Winner of Best Training at the MOBAAS

Gareth Clark

Gareth Clark (SRB)


Gareth Clark is a proud state registered barber and master craftsman with more than 27 years of experience in the industry.

Gareth admits he fell in to the industry because his dad was a barber, but feels fortunate that he did.

A qualified assessor, Gareth says he was trained “the old school way” and is a member of the Barber Council.


  • PTLLS qualified

  • TAQA qualified assessor

  • NVQ Level 2 and 3 qualified barber

  • State Registered Barber

  • Member of both the National Hairdressers Federation and Hair and Beauty Industry Authority

  • Accredited member of the British Barbers' Association

  • Board Member of the Barber Council

Allan Stone

Allan Stone


My name is Allan Stone, I started Hairdressing when I was 15 at Saks Hairdressing in Newcastle under the tutorage of Gary Hooker and Nick Irwin, I then transitioned over to Barbering when I was 20. Ive ran my own shop Stoneys Barber Shop for 19 years which over the last 4 years has led me to teaching/lecturing at South Tyneside College to NVQ level 2 and 3 students. I enjoy doing photographic work where my work has been featured in many of the leading industry mags including modern barber barber evo and barber nv. Barbering is my passion.


  • SRSB

  • NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing

  • NVQ Level 3 in Barbering

  • A1 Assessor in vocational achievement

  • College lecturer at South Tyneside College

  • Accredited Grand Master Barber by British Master Barbers

  • 19 years running my own salon

  • 2017 regional winner Britain’s Best Shave

  • 2016 NHF runner up in Pride of The North East comp

  • Photographic work featured in leading industry mags




My name is Elvis and I’ve been barbering for over 20 years. I started going to my uncles barbershop when I was 12 and helping around. I worked my way up to doing most services in a couple of years. I am a fourth generation of barbers that runs on my mother’s side of the family. I started my own shop in Belmont, Surrey when I was 22 and have established another 2 barbershops since but the best time in my career was when I won Britain’s Best shave 2017 at BARBER UK NEC Birmingham.

Currently I work in Glide Barbers in Epsom and I’m so proud to be one of the Educators For GBBA which have an Elite of Barbers delivering barbering courses all over Great Britain.


Simon (Bones) Bethel


Simon, aka Bones, couldn’t be further from his previous career as a teacher.

The Exeter-based snipper used to be a school teacher, working his way up to a management position, before taking the plunge and retraining.

He now runs the Sandyman Chop Shop in his home town but hasn’t left his love of teaching completely in the past and is looking forward to his embarking on his role with the GBBA.


  • School teacher for 13 years

  • The first ambassador for The Bluebeards Revenge

  • Trained at the Sid Sottung Academy & Barber Academy National


Barri Lazarou (SRB)


Barri Lazarou comes from a family that has been involved in the hair and beauty industry for generations.

Having worked in and around barbershops from the age of 12, he is always looking to help his fellow barbers improve.

Today, the State Registered Barber is the proud owner of an award-winning Cardiff salon called Lazarou Brothers. With over 20 years of industry experience, the Master Barber is one of Wale’s finest.


  • State Registered Barber

  • Master Barber

  • NVQ level 2 and 3 qualified barber

  • Member of the Barber Council

  • Member of the National Hairdressers Federation

  • Welsh Salon of the Year winner (2013)

  • Welsh Wet Shave winner (2014)

Allan Jones

Alan Jones (SRB)


Alan Jones has witnessed huge changes in the industry he loves, having spent 28 years constantly evolving, moving with the times and learning as he goes.

His career really took off when, as an ambitious youngster, he headed to the capital armed with his scissors and a thirst for knowledge.

Alan opened his own shop in Buckhurst Hill in Essex, where he traded for 14 years before opening a second shop in Sevenoaks in Kent in 2008.


  • NVQ Level 2 and 3 qualified barber

  • State Registered Barber

  • Judge of Britain's Best Shave 2016

  • Accredited member of the British Barbers' Association

James Kirton

James Kirton


James Kirton has his own shop in Scarborough. He's been Hairdressing and Barbering 23 years. His passion is to share his knowledge and experience which he has developed working at Yorkshire Coast and the Academy of Hair and Beauty in Scarborough. He has won many awards in Hairdressing and Barbering. His biggest achievement is representing the UK at the International Barber Awards in Germany in 2017 and becoming an educator for the GBBA

Husso Cetin

Huseyin Cetin (Husso The Barber)


Over 10 years of experience still glad to keep my amateur spirit up. I believe in learning each moment of my life and never underestimate the power of development. Where we stand in present is just the past for our future. Always feel the soul of competition and never give up. My job is a big percentage of my life and I adore it. I assume my work is where I stand in the life and what represents me, so I enjoy it deeply. Professionalism begins when you could give your clients what you expect from a barber as a client by yourself.


  • SRSB

  • Owner of Brush Barbers® Glasgow

  • Scotland's Best Barber Business Finalist 2018/2019

  • Scotland Business Awards Best Barbers 2019

  • International Barber Awards UK Finalist 2017 / 2018

  • Over 10 years of experience in Barbering


Yucel Olmezkaya (SRB)


Having previously run a successful mobile barber training business, Yucel Olmezkaya joins the Great British Barbering Academy with plenty of relevant experience.

The former policeman is known in the industry for speaking openly about his past encounters with mental illness and for his proud Turkish barbering roots.

As a former Hall of Fame winner with the British Barbers’ Association and the 2017 South East England Regional Shave Champion, the State Registered Barber is more than qualified to teach every element of barbering.


  • State Registered Barber

  • Senior Registered member of the Barber Council

  • Accredited British Professional Barber with British Master Barbers

  • Matakki Scissors ambassador

  • British Barbers’ Association Hall of Fame Winner (2016)

  • South East England Britain’s Best Shave Champion (2017)


Hannah Grigg


Hannah Grigg opened her first barbershop just before her 21st birthday and launched four more across Hampshire and Dorset in the decade that followed.

As well as running her shops, Hannah takes great pleasure in seeing a student thrive thanks to her teaching.

Hannah also performs on stage at various trade exhibitions showcasing her talents.


  • TAQA qualified assessor

  • NVQ Level 2 and 3 qualified barber and NVQ level 2 qualified hairdresser

  • Co-founder of the British Barbers' Association

Lee Dixon

Lee Dixon


Lee started his Barbering career at the age of 19, following his passion for hair.Lee completed his NVQ,s with Mike Taylor education and joined the team shortly after.

Lee is a highly skilled barber, excelling in all aspects of barbering, especially when it comes to cut throat shaving.

Lee teaches at Mike Taylor education delivering NVQ level 2 and 3.Also teaches a range of one day courses at the academy.

When lee isn't teaching, you will find him working in Mikes high end barbershop, Bonds Gentlemans Barbers, located in the town centre of Bournemouth.

Lee also performs on stage at various trade show exhibitions, showcasing his talents for leading brands in the industry such as Takara Belmont, Salon Services, GBBA.


  • NVQ Level 2/3 in Barbering

  • TAQA Qualified Assessor

  • 3rd place BBA student barber of the year

  • Short listed for the regional finals of Britians best shave 2018

  • International barber of the year qualifier 2018

  • British Master Barber of the year finalist 2018

  • Worked on stage for salon services/ Takara Belmont

Phil Christodoulides

Philip Christodoulides


Regional award winning barber based in the northwest of the country.

Philip christodoulides has been cutting hair since 2002 where he learnt the trade back in Cyprus where he was born and raised.

Owner of 'Burgundi Men's Grooming' in Manchester , he has shared the barbering knowledge in the shop and at colleges to apprentices , who now successfully run their own shops in and around the city.

"Teaching is my forte in life. I'm a great communicator and passionate about all the small details in my trade and the techniques I use" .

Barbering is all about showing love care and nurture to fellow humans as they use our services and that's what I like to elaborate in my teaching style.


  • Nvq level 2-3 qualified barber

  • Certificate - teaching in the life long sector

  • Owner of 'Burgundi Mens Grooming' (Manchester)

  • Britains best shave / regional winner (2014,2015,2016,2017)

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Giovanni has been immersed in the world of hairdressing & barbering his whole life. He was first spotted on the barber shop floor aged 5, sweeping the floors at the family owned salon. A traditional apprenticeship followed under the watchful eye of his father. Giovanni is very proud of his Italian family heritage and passionate about the barbering industry and raising standards and professionalism. As well as running the family business, Giovanni has also been a qualified trichologist for over 12 years and has a clinic in Ipswich. He is regularly featured and consulted by local and national press. Accolades:

  • Qualified Trichologist

  • Registered Member of The Institute of Trichologists

  • NVQ Level 2 & 3 Qualified

  • Barber State Registered

  • Senior Hairdresser

  • Master Craftsman in Barbering

  • Accredited Member of British Barbers Association


Jamie Crawford


I'm Jamie Crawford, co-founder of Ruthless Barbers. I've been barbering for 14 years. I started out in my mums kitchen until I finally got my break in a barbershop in Banbury where I learned a wide range of skills but specialised in afro hair. I have worked in a wide range of barber shops since then and am now the proud owner/co-founder of Ruthless Barbers in Daventry, Northamptonshire.

I am two times regional(midlands) best wet shaving barber and also teach at Heart of England Training across the midlands.