It was with great sadness to learn at the beginning of December 2021, this industry lost one of the great genuine leaders.
Peter Belcher, former GM of Beauty Care Professional Henkel, passed away on Friday 3rd December at the age of 75 years.
Peter championed British hairdressing and supported so many industry names as they progressed through their career, and his involvement with the British Hairdressing Awards started at the launch of the event in 1984.
Taken from the HJ online tribute – Julian Crane, the current head of the professional division for Henkel, commented: “Peter was a hugely admired, respected and much-loved member of our team here at Henkel Beauty Care. Peter joined Schwarzkopf in 1967 and retired from his role in 2008, but in the intervening years he was a vigorous and vital supporter and friend to us all, joining us at every opportunity at all major events from Salon International through to the British Hairdressing Awards.”
Julian continued: “During his career, Peter gave us 41 years of his expertise, dedication and wisdom and shaped the professional business in very important and enduring ways with his high standards and keen business intelligence. He began his career as a Sales Representative and quickly progressed his career, heading up the professional division as Managing Director of Schwarzkopf Professional for over 15 years. Hairdressing was in Peter’s blood; indeed, he started his career as a hairdresser, and he remained involved and committed to it, most recently with his role in the Fellowship and the finance committee, he dedicated his working life to the industry he loved. This is such a deeply sad loss for Peter’s ex-colleagues and hairdressing friends but above all, our thoughts and sympathy are firmly and lovingly with Peter’s family.”
As testament to Peter’s commitment in this business, Philip Rogers, chairman of the hair & beauty charity, explains – “I’ve known Peter for as long as I can remember. He has always been the consummate gentleman. Always loyal and supportive. Never afraid to voice his opinions, but always in a fair and softly spoken way.
Philip continues; “He was a great mediator and never shirked away from any task or opportunity. Having worked with Peter on both the Fellowship and Hair & Beauty Charity Committees, I will sorely miss his banter and often intriguing point of view (excerpts taken from Hair&Beauty charity website tribute to Peter)
To echo these sentiments, Stuart Hislop, General Manager for the AMR Group explains – “I had the privilege in the early days of my career joining Peter’s team at Clynol Professional, and in all honesty, being young I was at a cross-roads of my career, and if I’m to be honest, wasn’t quite sure which direction my career path was going– I was young and very new to the business, but I remember having a brief chat with Peter whereby he explained the hairdressing business has a way of creating new and exciting opportunities very quickly and takes time to find the path that’s right for you! – this advice stayed with me till this very day – and here we are 30 years later working in partnership with Henkel on 3 continents – I can’t help that think Peter was part of this development”
Therefore, to echo all tributes, the team at AMR send love and condolences to all those who were close to Peter. It’s evident that his legend will live on through the charities he has championed and retrospectively through the lives of artists and professionals that had the chance to be inspired by his generosity and industry knowledge.
Peter Belcher – we salute you.