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Meet the Team

Laura Hannon

Education Director

Over a decade in the capital, and working internationally as a freelance make-up artist incorporating her role as head of department for the London school and international Examiner for the International Make-up Association (IMA). Laura felt it was time to bring the high standard of make-up education back to her home city – Birmingham, and so The Central School of Make-up was born! With a career spanning over 15 years in the make-up, hair, and beauty industry, Laura has been fortunate to have worked with some major brand names such as Chanel, Amanda Wakeley and Louis Vuitton to name but a few. She also held the title of Brand Ambassador, leading to a guest presenter role on television. Throughout her career Laura has had the opportunity to work with many famous models; make-up artists, top photographers, celebrities and even the elite clientele of the infamous Cannes Film Festival! Over the years she has worked for the BBC, television commercials and on the feature film 'Coco Avant Chanel' starring Audrey Tautou; her credentials include Haute Couture and Ready to Wear catwalk shows in both London and Paris and shoots for celebrities such as Daisy Lowe, Jeff Brazier, Freddie Flintoff and Beverley Knight.
Laura Hannon - The Central School of Makeup

Christopher Savvides

Operations Manager

Originally starting his career in administration and enrolments for a Further Education College in London, Chris soon progressed to Project and Account Management roles in IT including a period with a Microsoft Partner. Whilst travelling in Australia and Eastern Asia, he decided it was time for a career change! On his return to London, he began working within the construction industry. After nearly a decade and several promotions within the industry, Chris returned to his original passion for technology & education. With a variety of skills, both practical and technical that Chris gained over the years, he became the perfect candidate for his current position as Operations Manager for the Central School of Make-up. Chris continues to play a pivotal part of the daily operations of the school and its development for future growth.

Christopher Savvides - The Central School of Makeup

Becky Hunting


Becky is a freelance Fashion & Photographic Make-up Artist who works extensively throughout the UK on shoots, fashion shows and music videos. Becky’s work has graced the front covers of many a niche fashion magazines, as well as becoming a Make-up Artist for Hair Shows nationwide. As an expert in the art of Airbrushing, Bodypainting, Hairstyling Fashion/Editorial her skills are multiple to say the least! Since gaining her teaching qualification, Becky has become a key IMA lecturer here at the school and is known for sharing her love, enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of Artistry.

Becky Hunting - The Central School of Makeup

Diana Stoencheva


Diana started her Make-up & Hair career after training in London several years ago. Since qualifying as an IMA Artist in Fashion, Photographic & Media she relocated to the Midlands and has had the privilege of shooting and working with some of the best Midlands Fashion Magazines, such as Style Birmingham and the Mailbox, Advertising Agencies and Photographers in the city. Diana’s love for Make-up & Hair is reflected in her exceptionally polished work, this led her to gain her teaching qualifications and pass on her skills through teaching here at the school and more recently opening her own training school in her home country Bulgaria.



Diana Stoencheva  - Central School of Makeup

Gavin Pickle


Gavin Pickle has worked in the makeup industry for over 8 years, gracing the sets of Vogue, Elle and Asiana. He has worked for prestigious and cult brands such as MAC, Illamasqua and Inglot and more recently NYX.Known for his adaptable and stunning makeup style, Gavin is perfect for creating bespoke make up looks to suit all women from professional models to the ‘real women’.His product and brand knowledge is extensive, utilising all his catwalk, editorial and make up brand training to share his expertise with our students.Gavin splits his time between Birmingham and London where he works as a freelance Artist, Brand Educator and qualified IMA lecturer.

Gavin Pickle - The Central school of Makeup

Nives Bradley


Nives speciality is Television work! Her credentials list prime time television such as Children in Need, the British Soap Awards, ITV 2 ‘The Big Reunion’ and ITVs Andrew Lloyd Webbers ‘Superstars’ Nives knows a thing or two about the world of Media Make-up! After five years running with T.V hit Dancing on Ice, plus several years’ of backstage shows at the Clothes Show Live and working as personal Make-up Artist with celebrities such as Amy Childs. she has become an exceptionally sought after Airbrush and Television Make-up Artist. Nives now splits her time between T.V, Shoots, here at the school and her VIP Clients.
Nives Bradley - The Central School of Makeup

Grace Coole-Green


Grace is a Make-up Artist with an eye for detail and a strive for perfection. Since training AS AN Make-up Artist, she pushed herself into building a reputable portfolio and gaining makeup experience. Specializing in beauty, fashion and creative makeup. Grace is on the Events team and Bodypainting team for MAC cosmetics, allowing her to travel the country, work backstage with numerous designers at London Fashion Week. She enjoys teaching and sharing the knowledge that she has acquired and helping students on the start of their makeup journey!


Penny Grimley


Celebrity Make-up Artist, Penny, has over 20 years of industry experience working in all aspects of media make up. Her high standards, reliability, professionalism and attention to detail have rewarded her with a client list including Jimmy Choo, Asda, HELLO! Magazine, New York TIME Magazine, Liz Black, Paul & Joe, Wella, Clothes Show and British Hairdresser of the Year, to name a few. Much of her work has been published both in the UK and abroad.After qualifying as a Beauty Therapist, she went on to specialize in all aspects of Make-up and has worked nationally and internationally in T.V, commercials, web, fashion, music promo’s, editorial, photographic and bridal.She is a qualified teacher and assessor and taught make up and beauty for many years. Now she regularly does guest lecturing days at the school.

Penny Grimley - The Central School of Makeup



Garazi is a Midland based female photographer with over 10 years’ experience, whose style is characterised by strong, clean fashion and beauty images. She offers a wide variety of professional photographic services including fashion, beauty, hair, portraits, lifestyle and still, having had her incredible work featured in ELLE, Harpers Bazzar and the Sunday Times Style to name a few! We are delighted to work alongside Garazi as our resident photographer for the school! Garazi regularly shoots in London and other UK locations, Spain and South Africa.

Garazi - The Central School of Makeup