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About Reds Academy

Reds Salon has always had a reputation for exceptional training systems. Throughout their 20-year history, they’ve never accepted training providers without mutually high standards. Instead they’ve strived for the latest innovations, constantly pushing boundaries to find a unique training alternative. Fortunately, this has led them to find the perfect partner and training delivery.

2015: REDS ACADEMY pilot is initiated which enabled in-house training and assessing their own apprentices.
2015: FINALISTS FNQ Training Awards ‘Small Business of the Year’
2016: REDS ACADEMY partnered with CQ UNIVERSITY with the objective to train apprentices from other salons

Our Educators

Training Manager: Matthew Perrin

Matthew’s extensive hairdressing career has seen him gathering an eclectic mix of skills and training expertise over the years. His story begins in Melbourne before a sea change lead him to Cairns, onward to a sabaticle in London which offered major career highlights. Thankfully for his Red’s family he returned home for his clients and students to reap the benefits of his combined experiences.

  • 2004: Attains Certificate III in hairdressing, Pivot Point Academy Melbourne
  • 2009: Accepts position as Training Manager/Creative Stylist Reds Cairns
  • 2010: Attains TAA40104 Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • 2010: Studied at Sassoon Academy in Mayfair London
  • 2010: Accepts position with Charles Worthington, Covent Garden as Creative Stylist
  • 2011: Accepts position with Charles Worthington, as Artistic Team member
  • 2012: Postion resumes as Reds Creative Stylist / Training Manager Cairns & Townsville
  • 2015: Reds Academy is initiated / Training manager resumes (Cairns & Townsville)
  • 2016: Accepts Education contract with Reds group and CQ University (Cairns & Townsville)
  • 2016: Attained TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • 2017: Accepts Education contract with Reds group and CQ University (Cairns & Townsville)

Whilst mentoring (the many) apprentices within the Reds Salon group over the years, Matthew’s passion for education has been evident. His mentoring skills extends more recently to fellow educator, Lisa Blackie, creating a powerful team of educators. Significantly CQ University staff hold Matthew in very high regard due to his understanding of the complex educational framework. Needless to say he has a brilliant rapport with his students and educational colleagues

Trainer: Lisa Blackie

Lisa Blackie has been a vital team member of the Reds Salon group throughout her hairdressing career. It was evident very early on that Lisa’s future with Reds was very bright. The experiences she has gained with the company whilst moving back and forth has been mutually invaluable.

  • 2008: Accepts position as 1st year Apprentice Reds Salon Cairns
  • 2009: Accepts position as 2nd year Apprentice/admin manager Reds Salon Townsville
  • 2010: Accepts position as 3rd / 4th year Apprentice Reds Salon Cairns
  • 2011: Attains Certificate III in hairdressing
  • 2012: Accepts position as Manager R2 Salon Townsville
  • 2013: Accepts position as Assistant Trainer R2 Salon Townsville.
  • 2016: Attains her TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Paraskevi Townsville
  • 2017: Accepts Education contract with Reds group and CQ University (Cairns & Townsville)

Whilst successfully managing R2 salon Townsville, Lisa has also blossomed from training assistant to the brilliant educator she is today. Lisa’s encouraging teaching style, combined with the effortless rapport she builds with her students proves she is an asset to Reds Academy.