Insurance highflyer returns to dream of becoming hairdresser

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A business boss has turned her back on the boardroom to pursue her passion for hairdressing.

Angela Lee always wanted to be a hairdresser when she left Dyke House School in Hartlepool in the early 1990s.

In the end I decided to go back to college to get my hairdressing qualifications, and I’ve never looked back.

Angela Lee

But she pursued a different career path in the insurance sector, progressing to become President of the Insurance Institute of Middlesbrough.

Then, she reverted back to her original plan and now – at the age of 41 – is looking to expand her hairdressing business.

Angela said: “In the end I decided to go back to college to get my hairdressing qualifications, and I’ve never looked back.”

She breezed through the Level 1, 2 and 3 Hairdressing courses at Hartlepool College of Further Education, gaining the skills she needed to be a superb stylist.

However, her years of business experience also fired a desire to find success as an entrepreneur, and so she took over existing salon Pat Watson Hairdressing in January this year.

Now Angela is expanding the l salon and rebrand it House of Lee Hairdressing & Beauty, with one full-time and two part-time stylists.

College principal Darren Hankey said returning to education is “actually a lot easier than many people might think, with friendly and flexible support on hand at every stage to guide people through the process.”

Adult Leaners Week runs until Friday, and Hartlepool College is holding an Adult and Higher Education open evening on Thursday, June 18, from 5.30pm-8pm.

Visitors can explore the wide range of courses on offer to them.

No appointment is necessary.