Elemis’ Noella Gabriel, Director of Sales, Product & Treatment Development received the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ at Professional Beauty Awards 2010.
Renowned as one of the industry’s most influential innovators, Noella has over 30 years experience of creating cutting edge spa-therapies and skincare products. She joined Elemis in 1990 where she created the brand’s very first face and body spa-therapies. For every new innovation that Elemis introduces, Noella is the genius behind it.
The touching speech by Laura McCreddie, Managing Editor, Professional Beauty read...
"Creating products that are effective is a hard enough task but creating icons requires other skill entirely. It requires a certain alchemy - an elusive mixture of talent and timing. This year’s recipient of our Outstanding Contribution award has both those things in abundance.
She has been the brains behind this brand for the past two decades and helped shape its rise from small independent to the worldwide spa stalwart. The products she has created have won numerous industry awards and she has ensured that the brand is always at the cutting edge in terms of ingredients and formulations. But it is not just us at Professional Beauty that think this. Our readers think so too.
In our online poll her name came out top. In our monthly industry survey, the Insider, readers from both the beauty and spa sectors voted her as their choice for this award and she is also the person they’d most like to interview.
To list all the reasons why this year’s winner deserves the award would take half the night and I know you want to get on with the drinking and dancing but it would be remiss of me not to mention some of her achievements. There is the anti-ageing system that has attained cult status, the introduction of clinical trials to the brand and a portfolio of treatments that combines the most up-to-date scientific methods with the holistic therapies that are her passion. And that’s not all. She has also applied her inimitable style to the brand’s retail arm through which she has helped change the public’s perception of spa-ing - proving that it can be done anywhere from department stores to airline lounges.
She also manages to find time to train the next generation of beauty therapists. To say the industry would be lost without her may be an overstatement but it would certainly be a very different place."
On winning the award Noella Gabriel said:
"I am overwhelmed that Professional Beauty Magazine has honoured me with such an accolade! Skincare has been my passion for over 30 years and the sector has drastically transformed from those early days when I trained as a therapist! I am privileged to work with such a great brand. Elemis has played a huge role in helping to change that landscape by never compromising on product launch or treatment development. I am so proud to be recognised for especially in a year where Elemis is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. So far, 2010 is proving to be incredibly strong and I am looking forward to revealing Elemis’ next 5 years of developments."