The BMB Founders

The people behind The British Master Barbers Alliance

Tony Copeland IFL ETF SRSB

I have been in the barbering industry for over 44 years. Starting my work experience in a top Mayfair Salon, i was lucky to be chosen to attend the Waddon Government Training Centre and trained by the Harrods Barbershop manager. Taught further at Salvatore Hair designs in Croydon and Victoria London I became highly skilled using scissor, hand clipper and open razor techniques, at that time electric clippers were not that common. I later qualified as a Trendman Hairpiece Technician. Building up 3 separate successful barbershops since 1971 I  regularly work at our award winning barbershop The Golden Scissors in Dorking Surrey and work regularly as a hair stylist and advisor to tv and film production companies. After 18 years i still have a keen interest in teaching technical Barbering as a City and Guilds & VTCT Lecturer and Assessor at Crawley and Central Sussex Colleges. I am also proud to be a long term Hair Council State Registered Senior Hairdresser/Barber/Master Craftsman.

Anthony Copeland Jr BMB Founder

As a second-generation Barber, Anthony has grown up with the barbering industry being a large part of his life. His Grand father was an original founder of the institute of trichologists and his father a successful barbering teacher, lecturer, celebrity stylist.  At the age of 16, Anthony studied the craft in a four-year apprenticeship and varied college courses, soon winning his first award as the Sussex Men’s Hairdressing Student of the Year. Working at his family owned barbershop in Surrey, Anthony developed further skills working alongside highly skilled mentors. With them, he trained in the art of hot towel shaving and Indian head massage. Later in his career he trained further to become a specialist in Head, Neck and Shoulder massaging. With his ever-building celebrity client base and Royal appointment, Anthony’s natural talent and impressive repertoire of male treatments has gained him recognition throughout the industry. Over his 20 years of barbering, Anthony has been registered with the Hairdressing Council and worked his way up to the highest achievable level. He now holds the Master Craftsman Diploma’s in both Hairdressing and Barbering. He is also the founder of The UK Barber Battle and Master Barber LIVE events.

Robert Dunsdon BSc (hons)

My passion for hair has helped me achieve a high level throughout my 36 years of Hairdressing, Barbering and Medical backgrounds. Starting out as an apprentice Barber i attended separate College courses in both Hairdressing and Barbering achieving my NQV2. I further added to my skills at The Vidal Sassoon Gents Styling Academy South Molton st London. Once qualified i Worked on the tools at 3 Hair Salons finally taking the role of manager at a successful London based Barbershop. During this time i trained further to achieve teaching qualifications then in 1987 i co founded The Strand School of Hairdressing. After many years of teaching Traditional Barbering at the School I decided to concentrate on my own Ladies Hairdressers and Gentleman’s Barbershop in west sussex and continued to privately teach Hairderssing and Barbering.

William Copeland FCA

Although now fully retired, I was a large contibutor to the Institute of Trichologists, helping in the regeneration and the name change in 1998. I worked as the Institutes General secretary during the 90s and helped form the first scalp and hair hospital in Stockwell rd London. The Institute is now recognised as one of the most prolific contributors to scientific and medical hair related articles. I believe that creating The British Master Barbers Alliance we can help build a wonderful foundation of knowledge and Skill to help maintain high standards within the barbering community.

Unfortunately William has now past away but we will always thank him for his efforts and contributions toward the creation of the BMB. 

Caroline Puttock BA (Hons) Cert Ed MIT

My career started with an apprenticeship in ladies hairdressing where I completed my City and Guilds Level 2, and also Incorporated Guilds of Hairdressing. I have worked in the hairdressing industry for 18 years, gaining my City and Guilds Level 3, Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene for which I achieved Honours and NVQ Level 2 in Barbering.

Wishing to further my career I decided to take my skills into teaching where I started off as a part time lecturer and working towards my Certificate in Education and other teaching awards required. The teaching hours increased and I became a full time lecturer at Crawley College.

Having a real interest in the science of Hair and Scalp, I become an examiner for the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene, which lead to my becoming their chief examiner. I have also been a Moderator for City and Guilds and ABC exam board. The teaching increased and I became full time where upon I achieved the status of Advanced Practitioner, this role meant I had to mentor other members of staff and carry out classroom observation along side my teaching role. Crawley College merged with Haywards Heath Sixth Form College, creating Central Sussex College. Having to re- apply for our jobs, I applied and gained the position of Curriculum Team Leader for Hairdressing and Floristry. My job was to run the hairdressing department, and Lecturer, to motivate, inspire staff and learners alike.

Still wanting to increase my knowledge of scalp and hair disorders, I enrolled and took a three year course to become a Trichologist, which I loved and since have worked with Keith Hobbs FIT in his Battersea Clinic and running my own clinic part time. I have been a part time tutor for the institute for the last seven years, also becoming an examiner for them within the last four years. Using this new knowledge I designed and implemented Level 4 – Management course, covering all modules including the hair and scalp modules. I have now joined the Institute of Trichologist tutoring team on a more permanent basis. I also still teach as a variable hour’s lecturer within Further Education and work with a salon in Crawley where I train all their work based learners both level 2 and 3. I have also been involved in the review process of Maurice Lister’s new Men’s Hairdressing Book the 3rd Edition.

Maria Dimartino

Having worked in industry for the past 17 years, I have always found education as a key aspect of my work. Not only do I enjoy educating our future professionals which I have done through work based learning & further education, I also love learning new things myself. I have maintained my Continuous Professional Development & slowly but surely worked my way through many teaching & assessing qualifications. I am currently researching my next step……. Which I am looking forward to getting my teeth into. I have even recently completed my Degree in salon management with Derby University. I am a state registered senior Hairdresser & Barber.

Membership of the British Master Barbers Alliance is open to all British Barbers, from the aspiring barbers-in-training, to highly skilled qualified barbers.

Join today and make you and your shop stand out from the crowd