Millie Kendall and Helena Grzesk recognised in the 2022 New Year Honours List

The British Beauty Council's Millie Kendall and Helena Grzesk have been recognised in the 2022 New Year Honours List.

On 1st January, Kendall was acknowledged with an OBE, and Grzesk was awarded an MBE in recognition of their collective contributions to the cosmetics industry and aiding the “bounce back” of the beauty sector from COVID-19.

With over 30 years of experience creating and marketing beauty brands, Kendall has worked with some of the UK's leading retailers. In her current role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the British Beauty Council, her ambition is to secure the beauty industry a reputation as a global leader in innovation and education.

In March 2021, Kendall was part of a roundtable discussion with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on behalf of the British beauty industry, which supported and championed women within the sector.

Commenting on her award, Kendall says: “It's an honour to be recognised in this way. My passion for the beauty industry has never faltered; it makes such an impact on our everyday lives. This award signifies a change in how our sector is viewed and an appreciation of not just my work but the monumental efforts of The British Beauty Council and its partners in affecting that change.”

Grzesk joined the British Beauty Council as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in January 2021. With over 20 years' experience in the beauty, spa, and hospitality industry, Grzesk is formerly the General Manager of the UK Spa Association (UKSA).

She is also the co-author of a report examining the effects of personal care services on mental health and wellbeing, which was used to further the case for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to support touch and massage as therapies for mental health.

“This award is a demonstration of the positive steps forward we have taken in being recognised as a global leader in innovation and education,” Grzesk says. “We are so truly proud of the work we have achieved to date – this is the culmination of that work.”

As a champion of the industry, the British Beauty Council has launched several prolific campaigns, initiatives, and activities to engage the highest levels of government, politicians, and business leaders in discussions around the value of British beauty to the national economy and its social and cultural impact on the nation's population.

Over the last three years, the Council's relationship with the Government has grown stronger, culminating in the opening of British Beauty Week by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt.Hon Rishi Sunak MP in September 2021.

The Council achieved several important goals in 2021, including winning an additional £500m of government-backed support during the pandemic, an earlier reopening of the industry post-lockdown and an £18,000 'restart grant', as well as creating the Sustainable Beauty Coalition to accelerate sustainability initiatives in the beauty industry.

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