New Chief Executive of NHBF Announced

New Chief Executive of NHBF Announced

After an extensive recruitment process, the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) has appointed Caroline Larissey as its new Chief Executive. Formerly the organisation’s Director of Quality and Standards, Caroline is a well-known and respected expert in her field and begins the role with immediate effect.

Caroline’s early career saw her working her way through the ranks, joining the sector as a YTS learner at 16, before becoming a stylist, beauty therapist, business owner, further education lecturer, and then National Training Manager (2002). Her passion and dedication to the sector also saw her take on instrumental roles such as the National 14-19 Diploma Project Lead for hair and beauty at Habia (2006), Head of Standards and Qualifications for SkillsActive, incorporating Habia (2013) and the Director of Quality and Standards at the NHBF (2018). Caroline’s distinguished career has provided her with an extensive knowledge of regulatory compliance, industry best practices, quality management systems, and standards which has earned her a reputation as a dedicated and results-driven individual.

In her time with the NHBF, Caroline has become widely recognised and respected across the sector for her contributions to the development of standards, quality, and guidance to support the recognition and value of the sector. She has continued to champion the voices of employers and practitioners, acting as a conduit between the industry, professional bodies, Government agencies, departments, and ministers on issues that affect the sector.

Discussing her appointment, Caroline says: “Supporting the hair and beauty sector is my passion. I totally understand and appreciate the challenges and successes a hair and beauty business can face, as I have experience, empathy and real understanding of our members’ requirements. Over the last 20 years I have dedicated myself to specifically raising quality and standards and championing the sector.

 “I fully understand and appreciate the diverse industries, people, influences and organisations we represent. I have had the honour of playing a pivotal role in the many changes and challenges the sector has faced. I feel the position of Chief Executive at the NHBF will enable me to support our members in achieving their full business potential by helping them to maintain safe, legal, and profitable businesses, plus help the sector gain the recognition it truly deserves by continuing to work with the UK Government and promoting our contribution to the UK economy.”

Caroline’s appointment comes after former Chief Executive, Richard Lambert, retired in September 2023.