Lesley Blair, CEO of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) and the Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (CIBTAC) has been awarded an MBE for services to the British beauty industry in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Honoured for being an outstanding ambassador for the beauty sector, Blair has been working with CIBTAC for almost 27 years, and has led both CIBTAC and BABTAC as the CEO and chair since 2018. During her nearly 30-year career she has advocated for regulation, fit-for-purpose qualifications and responsible practices in the UK beauty industry.
Throughout the pandemic, she served as a sectoral adviser for the government, providing invaluable industry insight and innovative solutions in the face of continued challenges, and was appointed to sit on the first recognised Sector Body for Personal Care Services within government on behalf of BABTAC.
She also worked with the Scottish government and contributed to its First Minister’s decision to allocate £19 million to close-contact businesses affected by losses due to the Omicron variant. She also helped to distribute the funds to those most impacted, including self-employed individuals without premises.
Blair continues to represent and advocate for the beauty industry at government level and has made regular news and radio appearances to share her expertise.