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If you want to be crowned this year's Barber Of The Year, you're going to have to impress our star-studded judging panel! Here a bit more about them and why they wanted to get involved in this year's Dapper Dan Barber World Series...


Rhys Whitehouse
Barber of The Year 2022

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Rhys started his journey in the industry only 7 years ago, but even in this short period of time Rhys has achieved a huge amount. Winning the Wahl British Barber of the Year in 2021 and being crowned the Barber of The Year in 2022. 


Rhys’ skill has earned him recognition from brands like Matakki and Wahl with whom he now works closely.


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Mike Taylor
Director @ Mike Taylor Education, and Owner of Bond's Barbershops

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Mike started his barbering journey over 31 years ago, even opening his first shop at the age of 20. Since then, Mike has gone on to open multiple successful barbershops, started his own barbering academy, as well as founding the British Barbering Association with a mission to raise the profile and standards for British Barbering. 



Charles Gray

Founder Hair in Motion

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Charles, with well over a decade of experience in the industry, has not only used his skills to create great work for clients, but also created his own educational platform, Hair in Motion to nurture the next generation of the industry. 

Charles' Hair in Motion platform aims to provide stylists with the knowledge to propel their career through seminars and tutorials via an online medium.

Simon May
Founder & Director @ Dapper Dan 

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With over 20 years working within the industry, Simon is also the owner and founder of Dapper Dan - developing a premium range of styling products used and trusted by barbers around the world!



Mark Maciver
CEO & Founder @ Slider Cuts

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Mark Maciver, aka SliderCuts, has been cutting hair professionally since 2003. Since opening the doors he has nurtured an impressive client list, which includes basketball player Lebron James, world heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua, TV personality Reggie Yates and high-hitting UK rappers Stormzy and Tinie Tempah, amongst others.


He now has over 187k followers on Instagram, and 33,300 subscribers on YouTube, SliderCuts has travelled the globe cutting hair, making him a worldwide renowned barber. His razor-sharp skills make him an expert figure in his field, and his vast knowledge and business acumen has made him a trusted figure within the wider community. As a result, Mark was recognised for his position as one of the UK’s top black business people following his win at the acclaimed Black British Business Awards in 2018, and was nominated for a prestigious Evening Standard Business Award in 2019. 




Founder of Hard Grind

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Colin Petrie opened the doors of Hard Grind back in November 2014 with a clear vision of building a multifunctional lifestyle store, offering cuts, clothing and coffee all under the same roof. Cutting alone in the newly regenerated city of Dundee in Scotland it has now grown into a multi award-winning brand with 5 stores, 2 warehouses and employing upwards of 25 staff

Hard Grind set out to bring a new feel to barbering while still encompassing the traditions of the industry. A true destination store filled with art, table football, games consoles, food and drink plus fully loaded bar, not to mention a selection of clothing from their own apparel line.

“My goal was always to create something truly special upheld by the highest standards of cuts and customer service. We have always been about much more than a hair cut. For us it’s about the full experience”


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