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Our patron

Jo HansfordWe are extremely proud to have as our Patron, one of the UK’s leading business women, the world-renowned hair colourist, Jo Hansford MBE.

Jo has a personal connection to the charity, as her husband, David, died of pancreatic cancer in 2001 – the same disease that killed her mother more than three decades earlier. 

Jo’s phenomenal business success is marked by many firsts: she was the first female hairdresser to win the Financial Mail's Enterprise 2000 Award; the first woman to win Looks Magazine Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year Award; the first woman to launch her own range of hair care products; and in 1993, she became the first woman to open a specialist colour salon. Working with her daughter Joanna, Jo was runner up in the Everywoman Business Awards in 2005 and her Mayfair salon was runner up in the Global Salon Business Awards in 2006.

Held in the highest regard by her industry peers, Jo’s clients include the HRH Duchess of Cornwall, Elizabeth Hurley, Yasmin Le Bon and Nigella Lawson.

In June 2010 Jo was awarded an MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The self-belief and determination that Jo has shown in creating and growing her highly successful business are superb assets to the charity, and her support of our work is greatly appreciated.