The 2022 New Year Honours List saw the British Beauty Council’s CEO Millie Kendall and COO Helena Grzesk acknowledged for their contributions to the beauty industry, with Kendall receiving an OBE and Grzesk an MBE.
“It’s an honour to be recognized in this way,” says Kendall. “My passion for the beauty industry has never faltered, it makes such an impact on our everyday lives. This award signifies a change in how our sector is viewed, and an appreciation of not just my work but the monumental efforts of the British Beauty Council and its partners in affecting that change.”
We are so truly proud of the work we have achieved to date – this is the culmination of that work
Adds Grzesk: “This award is a demonstration of the positive steps forward we have taken in being recognised as a global leader in innovation and education. We are so truly proud of the work we have achieved to date – this is the culmination of that work.”
Since launching in 2018, the British Beauty Council’s relationship with the UK Government has strengthened, culminating in the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, opening British Beauty Week in September 2021.
Over the past three years, the council’s achievements include gaining an extra £500 million of Government-backed support during the pandemic; securing an earlier reopening of the industry post-lockdown; and launching the Sustainable Beauty Coalition to accelerate sustainability efforts in the industry.