Raised in Leyland, a small town in northwest Lancashire, I started my career in hairdressing at 15. I did it largely because my best mate at the time, Matt, his brother had chosen it as a career 2 years earlier and he was having a blast! That’s the job for me I thought…and I was right. It was brilliant …and 23 years on it still is! I was happy at school but it was more of a social experience than an education . I went to a good school with good folk and good teachers, my inability to know anything about physics, biology and algebra is all my own fault. Balshaws High School holds great memories for me. Anyone living in Leyland, I couldn’t recommend it enough (I have cousins there at the mo!) I started working in Every Generation in Town Gate, Leyland in April1989. Learnt how to do flat tops, perms, roller sets, child haircuts, proper round brush blow dry’s and most of how to work fast. With appointment times sometimes being about 15 mins long, speed was a priority.