Our Team

Mathew Atherton  |  Owner, Creative Director & Operations Manager

Mathew has been in the Hairdressing Industry for 16 years he has a strong commitment for Certificate III in Hairdressing & TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Hairdressing is in the family, Mathew gained his Apprenticeship early through Headmasters Advanced Academy, and during that time won many awards.

Mathew has been dedicated to keep himself continually educated in the hairdressing world, which allows him to pass on information through personal experiences. Keeping up with fashion changes, skills new and inventive are important in being able to enhance students’ knowledge and motivation.

Mathew believes that students and clients each have individual requirements and these should all be delivered with exceptional service. His personal drive and skills have resulted in Mathew gaining much experience in the industry.

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Kerry Atherton  |  Owner, Accounting, Marketing & Enrolments

Kerry has been involved in the Hairdressing Industry for the past 4 decades, Kerry has seen and experienced many changes in the ever changing world of hairdressing, as a qualified trainer and assessor is passionate about training, aware the Hairdressing Industry has a shortage of competent, and well trained hairdressers.

Kerry has progressed from being, an employee, to managing and owning many businesses Hairdressing Salons. Attending many major Hairdressing Seminars and conferences both interstate and overseas in this industry, has allowed her to enhance her skills and training abilities.

Having engaged over 100 employees, all of whom have required training in one form or another, a challenge she has taken on with a passion.  Over these years, her salons and staff have won many industry awards reflecting the quality and professional commitment that is an inherent part of her make up.

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Karen Atherton  |  Operations Manager, Marketing, IT Support & Administration

Karen joined the Answers 2 Hair Academy team in 2017 with strong background in Information Technology with over 13 years over experience in many different industries.

Karen has bought to the team key skills around IT, business, marketing, graphic design and administration along with new ideas from experience across many working environments. She has a key eye for detail and ensures quality across her work.

Karen is there to support all staff members to bring together a smooth running business. Karen provides support to students via enquiries, the enrolment process and their studies to ensure their needs are met. She manages all the behind the scenes administration needs for the business.

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Amy McKensie  |  Salon Manager / Senior Stylist & Colourist

Amy has been in the Hairdressing Industry for 15 years and is the manager of our salon/student salon.

Amy has all the Hairdressing skills required to give you the ultimate in any Hair styling or coloring service, Amy certainly excels in her all her Blonde coloring techniques.

Amy certainly enjoys helping with students who are working in our student salon and is constantly making sure all our model clients are extremely happy at reception.

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Alicia O’Loghlen  |  Stylist

Highly motivated Junior stylist at Answers 2 Hair, Alicia is consistently on the search for new and creative styles techniques and colours form around the world.

Alicia has worked closely with Wella attending workshops in cut colour and style.

Call the salon now for your FREE consultation with our highly regarded Junior stylist.

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Portia Wong  |  Head Cutting / Colour Educator

When Portia arrived in Australia from China her desire to become a quality hairdresser was a major driving force behind her continued learning and skill development.

Portia is highly regarded as a hairdresser and educator with exceptional skills.

Fluent in English, she also has Chinese, Mandarin and Cantonese as alternate languages should the need arise.

Having undertaken many courses, including specialist courses in London at Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy.

Portia loves to pass on her knowledge and experience to the students wishing to enhance their own learning.

A number of Awards have been gained along the way and with her extended skill base in long hair cutting, extensions, men’s hair cutting Bridal Hair up and make up.

Portia has had considerable experience in teaching and works as a advanced senior stylist in a commercial salon with her commitment to training, students benefit from the up-to-date awareness of trends and innovations taking place during their training.

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Alev Nafiv  |  Head Cutting / Colour Educator

With her parents having a successful hair salon in Doncaster, Alev was destined to be an amazing hairdresser and trainer. Alev started out Saturday mornings helping her dad in the salon at 14 years old.

Alev went on and worked at many successful salons including Biba and John Morrey, then back with her fathers business in Mont Albert. Being a Goldwell salon, Alev became a colour technician and then onto own  her own business in Vermont where she concentrated on in house training. This led to her passion to become an official trainer assessor for the industry.

Alev currently runs a hairdressing salon but is extremely passionate about passing on her knowledge and experience to up and coming hairdressers hoping to inspire them and passing on my 35 years of experience.

“I’m inspired by all things hairdressing . That’s why I love it!”

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Gemma Snow  |  Barbering Educator

Gemma has been in the hairdressing industry for 13 years. She is extremely passionate and dedicated to teaching her knowledge and experience. Gemma owned and operated her own successful boutique salon in the Yarra Valley for 6 years where she trained several of her own apprentices. She has specialised with Wella color and products for over 10 years.

Gemma’s career has taken her overseas and interstate attending conferences and workshops to update her skills and keep up to date with the techniques and in this ever changing industry. She specialises in men’s cutting and all creative hair techniques. Gemma continues to work as a Principal Stylist and Artistic Director in a busy full service salon.

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