ABT invited to join City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board


Dave Horton, Director of Associated Beauty Therapists (ABT), has joined the City & Guilds Beauty Industry Advisory Board (IAB).

The appointment means that ABT will play a key role in representing employers and stakeholders within the UK beauty, hair, and complementary therapy sectors to support shaping the future of beauty and hair education.

ABT will represent the insurance sector in all of its challenges and raise awareness of all industry insurance issues.

The City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board comprises a number of the industry's key figures representing employers, professional associations, and supply companies. The IAB aims to support trainee professionals in the sector by rigorously reviewing and contributing towards the quality and content of City & Guilds qualifications and educational provision.

City & Guilds offers a full suite of qualifications from Entry Level 3 up to Level 4, designed to suit all learning needs and cover all sectors within the Beauty and Complementary Therapies industry.

ABT is the largest beauty and insurance membership provider in the UK including over 18,000 active and insured business owners and supports the industry including learners, professionals, salons, and training providers. ABT also accredits 1,500 training providers enabling them to offer face-to-face and online training that has been approved and endorsed.

In response to his appointment to the City & Guilds Beauty Industry Advisory Board, ABT's Dave Horton said: "I am delighted to have been invited to join the Industry Advisory Board and support City & Guilds to help pave the way for future skills demanded by employers. Alongside salon owners and representatives from HABIA, the British Beauty Council, NHBF, and other such industry experts and professionals, we at ABT are delighted to have a voice in the future of our industry to help ensure our current and future members, supporters, and accredited companies' concerns and issues are heard loud and clear.”

Emma Mackay, City & Guilds' Industry Manager for Hair, Beauty & Retail, added: “We are delighted to welcome Dave to the City & Guilds Beauty Industry Advisory Board representing insurance membership providers. Our Industry Advisory Board is formed of employers and stakeholders who work with us to ensure that we continually strive to meet the needs of people joining employment in our industry. City and Guilds are proud to work in association with this inspiring group and look forward to working with Dave in the future.”