President’s Award Profile – Gill Morris

Business and beauty therapy expert, Gill Morris, has received an FHT President’s Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the beauty therapy industry

gill morrisGill is highly respected in the beauty therapy industry, which she has been involved in for more than 35 years.

Initially training at North Warwickshire College in Nuneaton, she was among the first wave of students to receive an IHBC (International Health and Beauty Council) qualification in beauty therapy and electrolysis.

For the first two and a half years of her professional career, Gill worked in a beauty salon carrying out a range of treatments. However her employer was an electrolysis specialist and her passion for the subject rubbed off onto Gill. She became an expert in this treatment while running her own beauty salons, before going on to work for Ellisons then Sterex, where she was heavily involved in research and product development. This included the development of the Sterex Blend epilator, which Gill considers one of her career highlights. She is also the author of three electrolysis training textbooks and one on retailing skills.

Today, Gill is the Director of Commercial Development for Sterex, Chair of the City & Guilds National Advisory Committee for Beauty and an international trainer and presenter – indeed, she has just returned from San Diego where she delivered a lecture on motivation at the American Electrology Association’s annual convention. Her lively and often humorous presentations, talks and lectures are universally acclaimed.

Other influential roles Gill has had within the beauty therapy industry over the years include being a founding and non-executive director of beauty standards setting organisation, Habia; one of the first Employer Champions whose role was to bring vocational education and businesses closer together; and an advisor to numerous colleges.

Gill was also one of the very first in the therapy industry to recognise the need to develop and deliver business training to salon owners and managers. As a chartered marketer with a passion for helping beauty therapists to succeed, she founded her own business consultancy and skills training company, GMT Business Training, which she ran for many years.

Gill is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a past member of the Professional Speaking Association and Global Speakers Federation.

Speaking about receiving this award, Gill says: ‘As someone who is usually presenting awards rather than receiving them, I was really quite shocked when I returned from California and heard the news! Obviously I am very passionate about the therapy industry and I’ve loved every moment of my career. And hopefully I’ve helped others along the way, too – but it’s still quite overwhelming when your work is recognised as outstanding by one of the oldest and most respected organisations in the industry. A huge thank you for this very special FHT President’s Award. I feel truly honoured.’

Paul Battersby, President of the FHT, says: ‘The FHT has been promoting the highest standards in therapy education and practice for more than 50 years. The President’s Award aims to recognise individuals who have spent the best part of their career striving towards the same objectives, and have enhanced our industry. Our congratulations to Gill – she is a truly deserving winner of this award.’

About the FHT Excellence Awards

The FHT Excellence Awards were first launched in 2011, to showcase the enterprising and innovative work being carried out on a daily basis by practising complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapists. The awards were also a valuable opportunity to inspire other therapists, to push forward the boundaries of best practice.

In 2012 the Excellence in Education awards category was added to the portfolio, as a natural extension to the existing awards, as so many members would talk about their inspirational teachers and outstanding students.

The FHT President’s Award is awarded to select individuals for their outstanding contribution to the therapy industry and/or integrated healthcare.

The 2017 FHT Excellence Awards were kindly sponsored by Psychologies Magazine, Shared Beauty Secrets and Zephorium.

Natural Health readers learn to chill out with reflexology

NH cover dec

December is sneaking up on us, and it can be a stressful time of year. That’s why we’re helping readers of Natural Health magazine keep their cool this winter.

In their article on tips for a calmer December, FHT Vice President Mary Dalgleish discusses the benefits of reflexology, and provides a helpful guide on giving yourself a quick reflexology refresher!

To get even more out of this amazing therapy, consider trying out a reflexology treatment from one of our highly trained therapists. Search for an FHT member near you on our website.

You can read the full article here.

 

Encouraging Natural Health readers to test kinesiology for themselves

natural health cover

We’re helping readers of Natural Health magazine explore the world of complementary therapies with our introduction to kinesiology, featured in their November issue.

The article discusses the therapy’s background, as well as what to expect at your first appointment. It finishes by signposting readers to the FHT Directory to find a kinesiologist near them. So if you’re a kinesiologist, log into the Members’ Area and make sure your Directory listing is up to date!

You can read the full article here.

 

The FHT points In The Moment readers to reflexology

Cover of November issue of In The Moment magazine

We’re pleased to announce our latest press contribution! You can catch us in In The Moment magazine.

In The Moment is a beautiful, practical lifestyle magazine for the modern-thinking creative woman. Enjoy practical creative projects, positive features and stories to inspire, adventures near and far for a healthy body and mind, and ideas embracing every aspect of women’s lives: friends, family, self, work, rest and play!

And in the November issue, which is out today, readers will find an introduction to reflexology and our very own Helen and Alison promoting the FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register through our ‘My therapist helps me…’ campaign.

Find out more about our Accredited Register here, and read our reflexology feature here.

FHT Members’ News – August Issue

The August issue of FHT Members’ News is out today!

august mem news header

Featuring the latest news in the therapy world, job and training opportunities, as well as information about your membership, make sure you don’t miss out. This month’s news includes:

Members, be sure to check your inbox this evening for your newsletter.

Not a member, and want in on this? Contact us today to join the largest organisation for complementary, beauty, and sports therapists.

FHT Members’ News – July Issue

The July issue of FHT Members’ News is out today!

JULY MEMBER NEWS

Featuring the latest news in the therapy world, job and training opportunities, as well as information about your membership, make sure you don’t miss out. This month’s news includes:

Members, be sure to check your inbox this evening for your newsletter.

Not a member, and want in on this? Contact us today to join the largest organisation for complementary, beauty, and sports therapists.

FHT Members News – March issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The March issue of the FHT’s Member News is on its way!

In our monthly e-newsletter, we update you about your membership and what’s happening in the therapy world. This month, updates include:

Members, check your inbox this evening for the latest news and information.