Global.Synergy NZ - Meet Your Mentors!


They are some of the most influential people in the New Zealand and Australian hairdressing industries, and they’ll be at the helm to take our Global.Synergy NZ finalists through two life-changing, inspiring and phenomenal days of mentoring and education.

The Global.Synergy New Zealand mentors boast current 2014 AHFAs Australian Hairdresser of the Year, 2014 Hair Expo New Creative Force, 2014 NZ Industry Hairdresser of the Year, 2014 Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, and CEO of the Australian Hairdressing council.

Want to know more? Read about these amazing creatives right now and be inspired!


The CEO of the Australian Hairdressing Council Sandy brings over 30 years experience to the Global.Synergy judging panel. The Managing Director for Suki Hairdressing, Sandy has also written, presented and facilitated business programs for Redken, Goldwell, GHD and L’Oreal Professional nationally and internationally. Having won the Hair Expo Excellence in Marketing award five times, Sandy knows what it takes to make an impact!


Shar is the Creative Director and mentor of two Sutherland Todd Hairdressing teams. She is a passionate goal setter who has achieved more in her 25 plus years at the leading edge of hairdressing in New Zealand than most can even imagine. With a passion for inspiring the younger generation of hairdressers to become all that they can, Shar values education as the pathway to the magic within our industry. It is her intense passion, which gained her the title of 2014 New Zealand Educator of the year.


Seasoned hairdresser of over 15 years, Jock Robson together with his wife Sara Allsop is the co-owner of the highly acclaimed Salon Dharma, along with New Zealand’s protégé competition, the New Zealand Hairdressing Awards and INDUSRTY, New Zealand’s largest and most anticipated hairdressing industry event. Jock is a multiple award winner with the most recent highlight being judged in the world’s Top Ten in the prestigious AIPP Awards. Jock’s affinity with hair, and his talent with a camera has been integral to some hairdressers realizing their own dreams and taking national honours, with the assistance of Jock’s courses and/or mentoring.


Co-owner of Dharma, one of New Zealand’s leading boutique salon brands, Sara has gained an envious reputation through her devotion to the hairdressing industry. Leading by example, Sara has worked at New York, Australian and NZ fashion weeks, and has been on hand to create numerous editorial looks for many of New Zealand’s leading fashion magazines and designers. Her most memorable opportunity was working with Guido Palau at NYC Fashion Week and Vogue Fashion Night Out. Having gained huge success in many of the top industry awards and recently winning 2014 Hair Expo Australia NZ Hairdresser of the Year, ensures Sara is continually at the forefront in progressive techniques and styling editorial concepts.


A history-making, triple Hair Expo New Creative Force winner, Lisa is a styling powerhouse who knows how important it is to evolve and grow, stay passionate and LOVE hair! A diverse creative portfolio which spans the globe - Spain to Russia to the UK and NZ - Lisa knows firsthand what’s required to work alongside Emiliano & the rest of the é SALON Creative Team in London…she’s excited to be sharing this experience with the Global.Synergy finalists, and the eventual winner!


This influential Aussie and education powerhouse travels the world to demonstrate his unique and singular brand of education – not just how to cut hair, but why. Dario’s unique perspective and flair ensures he has a total understanding of the type of hairdressing training needed to keep stylists involved in their work and clients in love with their hairdresser.


A multi-award winner and the Creative Director/shareholder of Buoy Hairdressing in Wellington NZ, Michael has taken time out of his busy schedule to help the Global.Synergy entrants learn what it takes to keep you at the top of your game. In 2014 he was crowned NZ Industry Hairdresser of the Year, a culmination of his work backstage at fashion weeks in New York, London, Australia and New Zealand, where he has directed his own shows for designers such as World, Twentyseven names and Ruby, and work published in magazines such as Culture, Fashion Q, remix, Cosmopolitian, Cleo, lucire and industry magazines. Having won NZ Industry Educator of the Year in 2013, Michael is passionate about platform education, and has worked for various product companies showcasing throughout Australasia, Singapore and India. His approach to stage work is one of confidence and clear instruction while still keeping the audience entertained and the approach personal.  Michael is passionate about sharing his thoughts and ideas and is looking forward to being a mentor on this amazing project.


He’s the driving force behind Gobal.Synergy and AHFAs 2014 Australian Hairdresser of the Year, whose passion for the industry knows no bounds! Emiliano embraces an international reputation for producing work that is fashion-forward & creative, with a European influence. His focus on giving back to the industry & encouraging the current generation of hairdresser to be their best, led to the creation of Global.Synergy – who’ll be assisting this man and global industry luminaries in Australia in November?


An industry phenomenon in Australia in 2013, Global.Synergy launched its New Zealand installment in June, asking New Zealand hairdressers with 1-6 years qualified hairdressing experience to submit a creative 2-minute video, outlining why the entrant wanted to win, a brief bio, a selection from their portfolio & collection imagery, reasons why the entrant believed they should be chosen and how they would share the experience with their peers.

The creator and 2014 AHFAs Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Emiliano Vitale, in association with é SALON and WELLA Australia/NZ, is offering one of the finalists for Global.Synergy NZ the chance to win a trip to Australia to work backstage at ::Ssshhh:: an exclusive Australian industry event on Sunday 16th November 2014 – assisting and working alongside a host of the global industry’s most respected names & talents.

The winner will travel to Australia between 14th – 18th November, 2014. For more information on Global.Synergy please "Like” us on Facebook:"I place enormous value on exposing people to opportunities to keep them motivated, inspired & I truly believe the most valuable form of education is experience,” says Emiliano. "I am so thrilled to be offering this amazing opportunity to a young, motivated and driven individual in Australia, New Zealand and the UK!”