Expanding makeup college makes senior board appointments to assist growth

Claire Stead
Claire Stead

Makeup college, GlamCandy, has made two senior appointments as they seek to expand across the country.

The Edinburgh-based firm opened Scotland’s largest makeup college in Dunfermline last year – and is set to open another centre in Aberdeen this month.

Claire Stead and Kirstin Purdie have been appointed to the company’s board to bolster their students’ employability and learning experiences as GlamCandy go through what they describe as a “period of transformative growth”.

Claire, who joins GlamCandy from Flair Recruitment Ltd, brings more than 20 years of experience in the beauty and recruitment sectors to GlamCandy and joins as Student Management Director.

Her remit will be to provide a bridge between GlamCandy’s students and potential employers to continue their exceptional record of securing work for makeup artists upon graduation.

Claire said: “The key thing for any student coming to us is knowing there is a career path at the end of their course.

“That is something we already excel in – and my experience will help further that ensuring the best possible career advice service to our students.”

Kirstin Purdie

Kirstin joins as Operations Director after working for 19 years in the health, fitness and leisure sector.

Her role will see her developing supplier and partner relations and future-proofing the business as they seek to expand further.

Kirstin, who joins from her previous role as Operations Manager at West Lothian Leisure, added: “I will also be taking the lead role in developing our vision for online learning which will take us from Scotland across the world.

“I will be ensuring our service and delivery to all of our amazing students and customers is first in class, while ensuring our brand identify, culture, values and attitude remain fearless.

Hayley Harvey Smith, managing director of GlamCandy, said: “This is an exciting time for GlamCandy, with our courses in Edinburgh and Dunfermline producing exceptional graduates and our new college in Aberdeen set to open.

“These new appointments will drive us forward into the next phase of our expansion, provide our students with the best possible prospects when they complete their courses and ensure we are at the forefront of our sector as we go forward.”

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