Founder of Lions Barber Collective
Tom Chapman is an award winning barber, author, public speaker, global barber director and international educator – Started career with Toni & Guy in 2002 learning the discipline of structure, sectioning patterns, guides and scissor over comb. Tom taught himself barbering because of the love for mens hair and alternative styles which required clipper work spending many hours of trial and error on his friends.
Tom opened Tom Chapman Hair Design in Torquay, UK in 2011 and began educating 2 years later, since then Tom has educated all over the UK, USA, Canada, Brazil as well as being on stage across Europe reaching the finals of many national competitions including Wahl Barber of the Year.
Tom is a multi published session stylist and platform artist, Tom has even had his work grace the front cover of industry magazines, including HJ Men.
In September 2015 Tom founded The Lions Barber Collective, which started as a group of international barbers raising awareness for suicide prevention. It has developed to become much more and now campaigns for the awareness of mental wellbeing and suicide prevention as well, believing that the barbershop is a great, safe place for men to talk, and through BarberTalk he hopes to train hair professionals across the globe to Recognise, Ask, Listen and Help those in their chairs.
Tom was also invited to deliver a TED Talk, which took place in April 2018 at TEDx Exeter (4th most viewed TEDx community in the world) he has featured on BBC TV and Radio, Channel 4, FOX News (USA) and multiple appearances in national and international press. Tom has received a Points of Light award for his outstanding volunteer work from the UK Prime Minister Theresa May as well as reaching the 2017 & 2019 Creative Head’s Most Wanted Finals. Winning best innovation at the MOBAA’s.
Tom Published his first book The Barber Boom in 2018, with his second book BarberTalk – Taking Pride in Men’s Mental Health being released by mental health charity, Trigger Press being launched in March 2019.