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Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Makeup Staff Profile

Tom Poultney - Head of Department

Tom has worked across the Art Enterprise and Photography degrees at Leeds City College. Tom is a practising artist and is interested in many forms of creative practice; current research is focused on internet culture, and particularly the creation of online communities through the development of new forms of communication

Estelle Greenhalgh - Deputy Head of Department

After training in Fashion, Theatrical and Hair and Media Make-up, I began to promote myself as a freelance make-up artist. Whilst working freelance I was employed in a variety of different contexts within the fashion, television, bridal and photography industry. These included Calendar (Yorkshire Television), bridal designers to include Sharon Cowen, Asian bridal wear companies, short films, fashion shows and events and providing makeovers for the public and for promotional images for personalities from TV productions including Hollyoaks, The Apprentice and Big Brother. One of my favourite roles in this time was as a beauty editor for the magazine publication Chic Lifestyle.

My current interests include future forecasting for trends, evolving retail strategies and social media marketing. I am currently studying an MA in Fashion Management and Communication.

Helen Gorman - Programme Manager

I have worked in the Makeup Industry for nearly 10 years and I have a broad knowledge of working in television, fashion, retail and commercial areas of the industry. Since qualifying with a BA Hons. Degree from Bradford College I have built up a reputable freelance business and completed my PGCE at Huddersfield University, securing a job at Leeds City College. I have worked on numerous primetime television shows including Waterloo Road and Hollyoaks. While working for MAC Cosmetics I have worked on many high profile clients including Katie Price, Kim Marsh, Kara Tointon, Jessica Metcalf and many more behind the scenes at the British Soap Awards. I have experience of working with clients from varied backgrounds while working for The Daily Express and The Daily Mirror newspaper, completing makeup for ‘real life’ subjects, celebrities and many wellknown ‘behind the scenes’ professionals.

Naomi Francis - Course Leader

My academic background is in Drama, Theatre and Art and Design studies which linked in with my overall obsession for theatrical makeup and special effects for the film industry. With my appetite to learn and progress into the extraordinary world of makeup artistry, I graduated from Worcester College with a HND in Theatrical Special Effects Makeup Hair & Costume. I have had a long spanning career and have worked extensively within the makeup industry. My career began in freelance producing high fashion hair and makeup for editorial & catwalk campaigns for leading fashion brands. Through this, I established a career path which led me to work within the cosmetics industry as a Business Manager for 8 years. Here I learnt interdisciplinary elements such as marketing, promotions, trend forecasting and branding whilst continuing to develop my practical skills within fashion makeup. My underpinning passion is theatre and special effects, recently working on productions such as ‘Through the Looking Glass’, ‘Cats’ and ‘Hercules’. I am currently teaching on the FdA Fashion, Theatrical, Media Hair & Makeup course whilst undertaking my Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training. I am extremely passionate about my subject and work to develop students into becoming aspiring, innovative, creative individuals in an exciting field of work.

Charli Butterfield - Course Leader

I have been in the makeup industry for nearly 10 years and have worked for both Illamasqua and Urban Decay as a makeup artist and trainer. During my time with these brands, I worked at London Fashion Week, held a demo at UMA Expo and was a finalist in the staff category of Illamasqua’s Distinction in Makeup Artistry Awards held at BAFTA. My research interests are varied, coming from both a Media Makeup & SFX qualification and a Masters Degree in History of Art, but I have a keen interest in the history of makeup, creative makeup design and exploring gender theory.

Sofie Manners - Lecturer

Whilst studying media makeup I started my career working for Nars cosmetics. Over the past nine years I progressed into management roles working for numerous brands including Bobbi Brown, Aveda, Chanel, Christian Dior, Illamasqua and Mac. Here I was given many opportunities including makeup for a Fendi trunk show. I used working for these brands as a networking platform and got to work freelance on shoots for Mary and Millie which were used on ASOS.

My passion is finding new products and experimenting with different makeup trends. I am currently undergoing my PGCE here at Leeds City College and I am researching into numerous educational journals in preparation for my second year. My interests currently include makeup for high definition and realism for special effects. I’m also reading Leading ladies of makeup effects by Patricia L Terry and Gary Christensen to help develop myself in order to share my knowledge with my future students.

Laura Dickey - Lecturer

Having graduated from the makeup course at the Arts University Bournemouth I specialised my studies within prosthetic effects. Alongside prosthetics, I have a strong passion for fashion editorial and film/television work. I have worked for various companies including; Channel 4, ASOS, Feróce Magazine, Benefit Cosmetics, Dior and MAC Cosmetics. To date, my experience has involved bridal and special occasion makeup, as well as work for a virtual reality app, music videos, television documentaries, short films and feature film ‘Official Secrets’.