About Us

HBT was established in September 2009 as a privately owned work-based learning provider, based in West Wales. HBT delivers work-based learning programmes funded by the Welsh Government’s Department for Education & Skills (DfES) by sub-contracting from lead provider Educ8 and Pembrokeshire College . Programmes include foundation and advanced apprenticeships in hairdressing, beauty, customer service, management and business sector. HBT currently works with approximately 60 employers delivering work-based apprenticeships in the Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys areas.

Over the last 8 years HBT has grown into a successful, creative and innovative leader in Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Business Management training provider in West Wales. HBT prides itself on giving the learner and employer a tailor made provision with a supportive and flexible approach to the learning journey of an apprentice.

HBT is committed to extending the learning journey to all levels by introducing the annual HB Academy Awards, working with Educ8 and Pembrokeshire College to provide learner exchange programmes and provide opportunities to enter competitions to showcase the talents in Wales.

We also provide bespoke commercial courses in a variety of sectors to advance the skills of the individual and support the employer in business development and growth.

Caroline Howe

Caroline Howe

Director of Finance & Quality

Caroline first qualified as a Hairdresser and Beauty Therapist over 35 years ago. She worked in salons all over the world including Bermuda, the USA, Dubai, Malaysia and Thailand as well as owning her own salon in Hampstead, London. She spent 25 years in the educational and teaching sector. She set up HB Training Wales Ltd 11 years ago with her business partner Jackie Bugler. At HB Training she oversees quality assurance, finance, and the apprenticeship profile.

Email: caroline@hbtraining.org
Tel: 01437 765597 ext 5

Jackie Bugler

Jackie Bugler

Director of HR & Operations

Jackie first qualified as a hairdresser over 30 years ago through an apprenticeship scheme. She worked in Todaros for 5 years and ran her own business for 20 years.

She spent 11 years in teaching in the FE sector and set up HB Training Wales with her business partner Caroline Howe. At HB Training she oversees the operations, quality assurance and human resources.

Email: jackie@hbtraining.org
Tel: 01437 765597 ext 4

Rebecca Bown

Rebecca Bown

Director of Enterprise & Professional Services

Rebecca has been in the industry for more than 16 years, working in beauty salons, spas, and training positions during this time.
She joined the HB Team in 2014 and oversees the private training courses and business growth, she also helps offer support to local employers to help them develop and grow as a business by offering bespoke management courses to help develop their team.

Email: rebecca@hbtraining.org
Tel: 01437 765597 ext 3

Sara Price

Sara Price

Training Consultant

Sara joined us in 2014 and has extensive experience in hairdressing and barbering. She has been in the training industry for more than 23 years.

Email: sara@hbtraining.org
Tel: 01437 765597 ext 1

Kelly McHarries

Kelly McHarries

Training Consultant

Kelly joined us in 2012 and has extensive experience in hairdressing, working in the industry for more than 15 years, she has a real passion for education and encourages her learners to go that extra mile.

Email: kelly@hbtraining.org
Tel: 01437 765597 ext 2

Kara Cook

Kara Cook

Training Consultant

My name is Kara and I am a Beauty Training Consultant for HB Training. I have 7 years experience within the beauty industry, during this time I’ve worked with Clarins in the West Midlands winning gold salon 2015. In HB I teach NVQ level 2 beauty, nails and private courses. I have a passion for brows and lashes and love learning the latest trends.

Email: kara@hbtraining.org
Tel: 01437 765597 ext 2