An Ofqual Recognised Awarding Organisation

Lynda Whitehorn

Sector Specialist and Qualifications Development


Prior to working as a hairdressing and barbering technical consultant for Qualifi, Lynda worked for the Awarding Organisation VTCT, for 10 years. She entered VTCT as a technical expert writing hairdressing and barbering qualifications, moved into Business Development and latterly worked as the National Apprenticeship Manager.

Lynda is an influential figure within the hair industry with an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of the industry, both from a commercial and education perspective. She has managed both people and projects, both large and small, from departments to individuals. She has both industry and academic qualifications but most importantly, a burning passion for the hair industry. 

Stakeholder influence:

Lynda has worked extensively with the hair industry professional bodies; Hair Council (Chair 2014-16), National Hairdressing & Beauty Federation (NHBF), British Barbering Association (BBA), Great British Barbering Academy (GBBA), Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) and The Fellowship for Hairdressing. Lynda has been an integral stakeholder at the heart of Government education reform for the hair industry bringing new hair apprenticeship standards to fruition.

Lynda’s experience, knowledge, and empathy for the hair industry, has come from a lifetime of working in various roles within this industry from: apprentice to stylist, salon manager to educator, head of curriculum to qualification management, strategic planning to project management but always for the hair industry.