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British Beauty Council's Victoria Brownlie receives MBE in King’s Birthday Honours

Sophie Smith
17 June 2024

The British Beauty Council's Chief of Policy & Sustainability Officer, Victoria Brownlie, has been named in the King’s Birthday Honours 2024 for services to the beauty and personal care industry.

From advocating on behalf of female-owned businesses to challenging misconceptions of the beauty industry, the council says Brownlie has been "instrumental in securing much-needed support for the sector".

In particular, she played a "vital" role in securing £500 million of targeted support in the wake of the pandemic. The Personal Care Emergency Fund saw HMT provide grants to help the industry.

"It’s an absolute honour to receive such recognition for a role I love and take so much pride in. Much of my life has been spent fighting for the underdog, those often dismissed out of turn, and the industry I represent now is no exception," said Victoria Brownlie, now MBE.

Having first joined the British Beauty Council as Chief Policy Officer in August 2021, Brownlie has now taken on the role of Chief Policy & Sustainability Officer as she continues to support the industry.

Prior to the British Beauty Council, she served as Director at the National Hair and Beauty Federation from December 2019 to August 2021. She was also previously Head of Policy & Research at the National Federation of Builders and worked as a Political Advisor at Brighton & Hove City Council for over three and a half years.

Meribeth Parker, Chair of the British Beauty Council, said: "This honour reflects the incredible impact that Victoria and the British Beauty Council have had in delivering policy change and impact for the important Beauty and Personal Care industry.

"It offers unique career opportunities, supports enhanced wellbeing and an influential impact to the UK’s GDP. We're delighted to see Victoria’s significant contribution rewarded in this way."

The news comes as the council targets further growth and positive change within the British beauty industry, having launched an industry-wide census last month to find out what beauty means to its workers and consumers, marking the biggest research project in its history.

The survey, which is accessible online at the British Beauty Council, urges over half a million workers in the sector to have their say on the £24.5 billion a year industry. Following a three-month data collection period, the results will be presented at British Beauty Week 2024.

Read's feature on everything you need to know about the British Beauty Council’s new industry-wide census.

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