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Peter Belcher of Schwarzkopf Professional Has Sadly Passed Away

by kieran / last updated December 23, 2021

Peter Belcher

It is with great sadness that we report that Peter Belcher has died. Peter was an industry stalwart who spent 41 years at Schwarzkopf Professional and retired from his position at the head of the professional business in the UK and Ireland in 2008.

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.

Following the sad news of the passing of Peter Belcher, Peter’s family have shared the following in regards to the funeral arrangements and everyone is welcome to attend.

Wednesday 5 January 2022

Service: 12:30pm
St Luke’s Church
9 Church Street
WS11 1DE

Reception: Brocton Hall Golf Club, Sawpit Lane, Brocton, Stafford, ST17 0TH

Liz and Claire have asked that donations are made to the Hair & Beauty Charity instead of flowers using the link below –

Peter – A Tribute

A familiar face to so many, and always with an encouraging word and sage advice, Peter will be hugely missed. He has remained hugely active in the industry since his retirement as a member of the Hair & Beauty Charity Committee and the Fellowship for British Hairdressing Council. The HJ team send their love and deepest condolences to Peter’s family, friends and colleagues.

Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director of Hairdressers Journal, commented: “Peter was a kind, thoughtful and caring man who looked after me from the moment I joined the hairdressing industry. As my partner on stage at many British Hairdressing Awards, he offered support and encouragement continually and was the reason I became involved with the Hair & Beauty Charity. I can’t imagine an Awards without him and will miss him terribly. Sending much love to Liz, Claire and all the family at this sad time.”

Julian Crane, the current head of the 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.”

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