The Team

Amanda Burns- Program Leader





Amanda has been working as a make-up artist for 30 years specialising in T.V make-up. She started at the BBC as a costumier and then left to complete an HND in Make-up and hair at University College or Arts. Amanda then went on to freelance for 16 years working on shows such as GMTV, SMTV live, Gloria Huniford show, POP IDOL -The rivals, Loose women, Strike it lucky, to name a few.

Amanda then started a make-up course in London and then went on start the FDEG here at Northbrook MET.

Alison Pollard – Hair tutor





Alison did her vocational training at the London College of Fashion, studying Hair, Make-up and Wig making, she then went on to work at Kent Opera, touring. This led to work in the West End on numerous shows, including Blondel, Cats, Me and My Girl, Winnie and Follies, also a European tour of My Fair Lady. I was the Wig Mistress on the TV series Spitting Image and Make-up Artist for corporate videos, also a number of TV and film productions, including The Story teller for Channel 4.

Alison now works as the resident Wardrobe Mistress at Lancing College, responsible for the Costumes, Hair and Make-up for the majority of the productions. As well as the hair tutor here at Northbrook MET. She gained a BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies whilst teaching at Northbrook. She specialises in all hair styling.

Jason Snelling – Hair technician/ Part time lecturer





Jason has worked as a hairdresser for 30 years, specialising in salon based and session styling. This has provided Jason with many year experience of the industry. Jason then went on to specialise in period hair.

Jason joined us at Northbrook 7 years ago as Hair technician and also lectures part time specialising period and Avant Garde hair.

Lydia Pankhurst – Make-up technician/ Part time lecturer





Lydia studied here at Northbrook MET and gained her BA (hons) in theatre studies: Theatre and media make-up and hair. As well as working for MAC and a key member of their PRO team and body painting team, Lydia has built a career as a freelance make-up artist. She specialises in commercial and beauty make-up and had works on brand campaigns for companies such as Bio Oil and COLLECTION love make-up. She works closely with fashion photographer Bella Kotak. Lydia has published work in fashion magazines such as Vogue and cosmopolitan and regularly has work in current newspapers and publishings.

Lydia Joined the team at Northbrook MET 8 years ago where she became make-up technician and she also specialises in teaching beauty make-up and body painting.


Philip Carson- Wig and Postiche knotting






Philip trained at West Thames, studying make-up and hair and has continued to work in the industry for many years.

Philip has worked for very large theatre and opera companies including Glyndebourne and Royal Shakespeare Company. He currently works for the English National Opera where he has been for the last 10 years. During his time at ENO he has been the Senior Technician on Otello, Girl of the Golden West, Queen of Spades and Pirates of Penzance.

Since 2009 Philip has taught knotting, wig making and facial hair to Students at Northbrook College, Sussex. Philip has gone on to open his own Wig making course, called WAM. He has also worked on numerous film sets and magazine shoots as well as creating wigs for private clients.

Julie White- Special effects, Hair punching and Postiche knotting





Julie started working in the entertainment industry in 1986 and has carried on doing so since. She has worked as Madam Tussauds as painter and hair puncher for the celebrity models.

Julie is an experienced fx painter, hair puncher and prosthetic artist and has worked on a number of Hollywood films such as Harry Potter, Snow White and the Huntsman, Stars Wars- the Phantom Menace, Captain America along with many more.

Julie teaches on our foundation degree covering all aspects of fx and character makeup such as painting prosthetics pieces, hair punching, postiche making and application.