Meet the Team

Students of TrichoCare are supported by a faculty of professionally experienced tutors who provide encouragement, advice and guidance throughout the period of study.

Brian Plunkett ART

Head of Education

Brian Plunkett ART

Brian is the founder of TrichoCare Education. For many years he was a hairdresser and salon owner, and his interest in the science of the hair and scalp developed during that time. He studied trichology and qualified as a Consultant Trichologist. Brian Plunkett is a former Vice President of the Institute of Trichologists, and now practises at clinics in Bedfordshire and London.

Brian is passionate about teaching and improving diagnostic skills. He believes that as hair professionals learn to understand more about hair and scalp problems, they can more accurately diagnose hair and scalp conditions and give a more informed, helpful and valuable service to their clients. Brian oversees the Course content and delivery, and is an assessor for the practical consultation aspects of the Course.

Alison Asbury

Head of Learner Experience

Alison is an education professional of long experience. She has worked in lifestyle education for many Colleges, has been an OFSTED expert in inspections in Hairdressing, and developed a City and Guilds accredited apprenticeship programme. She is currently an accredited End Point Assessor for both the Hair Professional and the Advanced Hair Professional for City and Guilds.

Alison ensures that TrichoCare Education courses continue to meet the high standards required by the awarding body, and that all students are enabled to grow their knowledge and skills in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Keith Barker-Jones

Keith Barker-Jones

Course Director

Keith ensures a positive learner experience, along with composition, delivery and assessment of core sciences, with a particular specialism in Anatomy Physiology.

Before starting his role with TrichoCare Keith specialised teaching in college and adult education. He has been Course Leader and lecturer for the Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy at Barnfield College, in Partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.

Malinda Bruce ART

Clinical Lead Assessor

Malinda has a wealth of experience in many sectors of the hair and beauty industry. She worked for many years as a hairdresser and salon manager. Now she is a trichologist, nutrition advisor, hair stylist and beauty therapist, offering clients a holistic service for their hair and skin needs. Her great enthusiasm is diagnosing, treating and educating clients on their hair and skin conditions, so promoting their general health and wellness.

Malinda is one of TrichoCare Education’s practical consultation advisors and assessors. In her work, she supports and assesses learners’ performance during clinical consultations, and advises students on the effective compilation and completion of their consultation evidence portfolio. You can watch Malinda in one of the Course videos on how to conduct a client consultation.

Jackie Passey

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Jackie is a highly experienced and long-standing hair and beauty educator and quality assurer. She began her career working in salons, cruise ships and a health spa prior to completing her teacher training qualifications. She lectured at Birmingham College and Nottinghamshire College, where she set up the beauty department and was responsible for all areas of the curriculum from development, quality assurance and managing delivery. Jackie has also managed learners on apprenticeships programmes and managed a private training provider.

Jackie ensures that TrichoCare Education courses meet and exceed all the standards required by the regulating bodies, so that students can be assured they are receiving the best quality and most appropriate learning experience during their studies.