Meet the Team


What makes the North Laine Hair Company unique to others is the balance of quality, friendliness and value in a distinctively styled salon with a really talented team that cares and have a real passion for their work.


North Laine Hair Company strives to offer the best to its customers and prides itself on employing the most talented stylists. Our team of stylists have over 90 years combined experience and are highly skilled in all aspects of cutting and colouring. As a high quality salon all our stylists operate at the highest level and are part of a continual professional development (CPD) programme. The aim is to ensure the team is up to date with the latest techniques and skills so you are guaranteed an excellent result each visit.

Styling Team

Kate Winder

Kate Winder

Owner & Salon Director

Kate and her husband Nick setup North Laine Hair Company in 2007 with the goal of creating a hair salon that was really focussed on excellent quality and customer service as well as being a great place to work.

Previously working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Kate enjoyed travelling the Caribbean and Americas which was excellent preparation for her joining Crystal Cruises in 2003, a company that has been recognised as the world’s best in luxury experience for an unprecedented 15 consecutive years. As assistant salon manager on the Serenity, the world’s finest cruise ship, Kate was responsible for a team that worked to the highest standards of hairdressing and customer service. That gave her the experience and inspiration to set up her own salon.

After five very successful years the salon moved to larger premises to meet the demand and offer a more luxurious environment.  Kate has been in the industry for over 20 years, gaining huge experience with all hair types, except Afro Caribbean.  As well as being one of our expert wedding hair & hair up stylists, Kate now dedicates her time to cutting and styling:

“I see one of my strengths is putting a nervous client at ease by really taking my time and giving a thorough consultation to make sure I am talking the ‘same language’ with my client”.

Knowing how difficult it can be to look after your hair, Kate is always ready for her and the team to share ‘salon secrets’, insider knowledge and tips so you can recreate the ‘salon look’ in between visits.

Sarah Williams Style Director

Sarah Williams

Style Director and Assistant Manager

Sarah joined North Laine Hair Company in February 2012 as Style Director and Assistant Manager. Sarah qualified as a stylist with Toni and Guy in 2000 and continued to train at Trevor Sorbie with his artistic team within their Brighton salon. After working for 8 years in some of Brighton’s busiest salons Sarah worked within a newly established salon in Hove where she grew a strong loyal following across 4 and a half years.

Sarah is very focussed and passionate about her profession and the service she gives. With Sarah you are guaranteed excellent attention to detail and enjoy the most calming salon experience.

Sarah is a master of highlights achieving beautiful bright bold blondes and enjoys working with long hair and using our GHD Eclipse stylers and Curve range, she can create elegant curls or softer beachy waves. Sarah also loves creating ombré styles and all over colours such as mahogany and auburn, using the revolutionary Redken Chromatics.

Sarah’s love of fashion, forward thinking personality and ambitious nature are all reflected in her work.

Manesh Solanki Creative Director

Manesh Solanki

Creative Director

Manesh joined our team in March 2009 when he moved to Brighton. He quickly established many loyal clients. His technical ability in colouring, cutting, styling and hair up is second to none, having won prestigious hairdressing awards and worked on numerous major fashion shows and photo shoots with some of the best in hairdressing. Manesh is also one of our wedding hair and hair up specialists working both in salon and on location at events. To reflect client demand and his ability & experience Manesh was promoted to Style Director in March 2011 & then Creative Director in Sept 2015.

Manesh has over 20 years of experience since qualifying and has previously worked in top salons both in London (Bond St, Covent Garden and Sloane Square) and Bermuda. Manesh has many years of experience working with Afro hair and performs all Afro hair services including relaxing.

Manesh is well known for being one of the liveliest members of the team and is certainly young at heart! His popularity is reflected by how far in advanced he gets booked so make sure you book with plenty of time to ensure you can get an appointment.

James Atkinson Creative Director

James Atkinson

Creative Director

James is our Creative Director and a Redken Artist and has been a stylist and colourist for over 12 years. James joined North Laine Hair Company in 2011 from Eleven Hair in Mayfair after having worked at several of London’s leading salons throughout his early career.

James’ passion for cutting and styling really shows in his work with a particular talent for curly hair. He has a great interest in design and furniture, using this influence to incorporate current trends with old classics to create fresh, new hairstyles. His inspiration is derived from Photography, music, art, history, buildings and the catwalks.  Highly in demand, both in salon and for shows, James works at London Fashion Week and Colour World as well as being a pioneer for the exciting Hair Club Live Open Chair Nights.

James is a Redken Certified Colourist (the most advanced Redken colour qualification) and his love of passing on his knowledge was a major influence in James being selected to become a Redken Artist.  This has given James the opportunity to create courses as well as being an educator at the Redken HQ in London.  Through his strong desire to learn and his passion for education James brings great inspiration and creativity to the team in our regular in-salon education sessions.

Mike Johnny Style Director

Mike Johnny

Style Director

Mike joined North Laine Company in October 2016 with over 20 years of the highest level of salon experience. Mike has a wealth of knowledge with all things hair related, is an expert with curly hair and is very keen to share his knowledge.

A visit to Mike you will leave knowing more about your hair and its full potential than you ever thought possible. Mike is genial and very enthusiastic to provide advice on what to do, what to use, what not to do and why! Mike’s passion is giving the client the gift of knowledge! ‘I get a feel for my client and match their hair to who they are and what they’re about!’

Mike doesn’t have a favourite style – he loves short, long, bobs, lobs, barbering… everything! He loves variety & change and will ensure you have variety too!

Mike grew up in Wimbledon, and found his passion for hair styling and qualified at the young age of 17. Mike also studied fashion design and this led him to see every hair cut as a piece of art, focusing on all the finer details, taking time to perfect each masterpiece.  He progressed through the ranks at Headmasters rising to the top as a Manager and Consultant at their flagship Wimbledon Village salon (the busiest salon per square foot in Europe!).

Mike has many hobbies and along with his hairstyling career he is a web designer, but says hair will always be his main passion.  In his spare time, Mike builds, from scratch, custom made motorbikes! He is also a member of the Guild of Master Sommeliers and is a specialist in Belgian beer, so if you need any advice on wine or Belgian beer, he’s your man!

Nicola Sweeney Senior Stylist

Nicola Sweeney

Senior Stylist

Nicola moved to Brighton from London to join North Laine Hair Company having previously had the role of Creative Director at Salon Sin, a highly regarded boutique salon right in the heart of Camden.

Nicola loves to create shorter, sharper cuts and be very creative with colour; 6 years of being a stylist in some of Camden’s finest salons for a young and varied clientele has been an excellent education for working in Brighton’s North Laine and leading colour salon.

Nicola grew up on Cyprus before moving to London to pursue her love of being a hair stylist and we feel very lucky at North Laine Hair Company that her career has led her to Brighton to be part our Styling Team!

Nicola is currently on sabbatical travelling in India and will be back later in the year. We will keep you updated on how her adventure is going through our website and Facebook.

Sarune Elenbergaite Senior Stylist

Sarune Elenbergaite

Senior Stylist

Sarune joined the team in January 2016 from Toni & Guy where she held the position of Senior Art Director.  Sarune is incredibly focussed and has enjoyed a very successful career by combining a complete dedication to her craft along with a Zen-like calm even on the busiest salon floors. As a stylist in Brighton for the last 3 years Sarune has made this incredible city her home after working for over 14 years in various Toni & Guy salons in Ireland, London & most recently Brighton.  Sarune loves to spend her free time with her family and also exercising, including practising yoga and cycling.

Sarune is a specialist in cutting and styling as well as being an accomplished salon educator. She has an incredible passion for styling and creating a style that works for you. Her lovely calming approach will put you at ease as soon as you meet her!

Liv McCullough Stylist

Liv McCullough

Senior Stylist

Liv found her passion for hairdressing at the age of 15 and since then there has been nothing else that she has wanted to do. As a Brightonian born and bred Liv started her career as an apprentice at Toni and Guy Brighton, working hard through their apprentice training scheme and then onwards once qualified as a junior stylist.

Since Liv joined North Laine Hair Company in January 2015 she has become hugely popular with clients and in great demand! A self-confessed hair obsessive Liv has a very high attention to detail both in cutting and colouring and with 5 years of experience also has the vision to see the overall look.

Liv was promoted to the position of Senior Stylist in 2016 following her success in passing a comprehensive assessment of cutting, colouring and colour correction techniques.  With a strong interest in fashion, make-up and styling Liv loves to match all the ingredients together for her clients. Connecting how they dress, with their hairstyle and their personality to create a style that works and meets her clients everyday requirements.

Liv’s favourite styles range from long glamourous to shorter/mid length choppy cuts. Liv is great at listening and spending time with her clients to make a plan that works while explaining what is needed to be done to maintain a style at home.

Outside of the salon Liv enjoys making the most of her hometown city be it socialising, music, fashion, fitness or dance.

Amy Phillpot Stylist

Amy Phillpot


Amy knew she wanted to be a hairstylist from a very young age. “At 14 I got my first salon assisting job on a Saturday and from there it progressed into school holidays and then onto any other time I could find! I would always practice different styling techniques on friends and family. This confirmed my passion for hairdressing and I continued to pursue it, enjoying every step of the way!”

Amy joins us from Langton’s Hair and Beauty in Lewes where she spent 6 very successful years, as an apprentice, then qualifying and then progressing  at NVQ level 2 and then further developing her skills both in styling and colouring.

As well as being an excellent stylist and colourist, Amy is very easy to talk to, offering great ideas & giving easy to follow advice to all clients. What does Amy enjoy most about her job? “I’m extremely passionate about cutting, however, I love all aspects of hairdressing and I’m always wanting to learn something new. Its so nice making clients happy, when they can come in to escape from the outside world and then leave the salon feeling amazing!”

“I enjoy taking good care of myself and love to get to the gym as often as I can, sometimes everyday! I enjoy pushing myself to the limit and seeing what I can achieve! With this new found passion for health and fitness I’ve also started running and recently enrolled for a charity boxing event and found that I’m enjoying the training so will continue even after the charity event!

Stevie Lewis Stylist

Stevie Lewis


Stevie is very driven by fashion and the creativity of hairdressing and loves getting creative with colour. This particularly includes pastels & silvers which are so popular with many of our clients.  Stevie also loves hair up do’s, braiding and creating her favourite ‘boho done/un-done do’. Stevie will be very happy to add in a braid or two to give you an extra special look and show you how to recreate it at home.

Stevie joined North Laine Hair Company in November 2016, beginning her career as a stylist in 2010, completing an extensive training programme in New Zealand.  Having half her family in the UK and half in New Zealand Stevie has spent a lot of her life traveling.  In her spare time Stevie loves music, enjoying reggae and drum & base and really enjoys going to festivals and live gigs.

Front of House Team

Laura Hargrave-Byrne Front of House Manager

Laura Hargrave-Byrne

Front of House

Laura is our Front of House Manager from Tuesdays to Saturdays and is here to look after all our clients needs both during and in-between visits.  Laura is also able to give expert advice on the correct hair care products for you from our carefully selected range of the best professional products available.

Laura loves baking, reading beauty blogs, YouTube and wearing bright lipstick.  Laura has always lived in Brighton, has just started on her fitness journey and is teaching herself to crochet!

Natalie Sargeant Front of House Manager

Natalie Sargeant

Front of House

Natalie Sargeant is our Front of House Manager from Sundays to Mondays (as well as part days on Wednesdays and Fridays) and is always happy to help with any clients enquiries.

Natalie started her career working in a salon before working in property for several years. Since having her son Natalie has returned to her favourite environment in a hair salon managing the busy schedule for the team and looking after our clients.

Natalie has been extensively trained in our product range and so can offer great advice on picking the correct hair products to suit your hair from our extensive range of some of finest products available.

Apprentice Styling Team

North Laine Hair Company has a growing apprentice styling team as development of new talent is a key philosophy for the company. Kate was lucky to have had a very good apprenticeship and training throughout her career and so is really motivated to pass that good experience on.

“I love having apprentices’ in our salon and we are dedicated to giving them the very best training. I think we are quite unique in the level of our training programme where the apprentice team have weekly one to one practical & theory education with me, the salon director. It is a big investment by our company but I know it is well worth it. I have very high standards and this allows me to closely follow their development, it also ensures they know where my expectations are. We work very closely with the local college to ensure the education and training is of the highest standards. We have a clear plan for the future to make sure we, together, achieve our joint goals.”

The key requirement for any applicant for an apprenticeship at our Brighton Salon is a clear dedication to work hard and a focus on being the best stylist and team member you can be.

Mary Apprentice Stylist


Apprentice stylist
Billy Apprentice Stylist


Apprentice stylist
Jasmine Apprentice Stylist


Apprentice stylist

Nick Winder

Business Manager

Nick is the Business Administration Manager who’s role is to ensure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. Nick co-owns the salon and is also Kate’s husband!

Nick is a Chartered Engineer having previously had technical roles in passenger car powertrain development as well as managing a large engineering department in a local engineering consultancy.

Nick’s likes eating out, cinema, racing karts and mountain biking. With a young growing family most of his free time is spent playing with his two son’s Max and little baby Dylan.

We will leave the last word to Kate:

It’s such a lovely atmosphere with all the team really enjoying their profession & working brilliantly together to achieve excellent results.

The team have a great rapport with their clients and each other which makes North Laine Hair Company one of the most welcoming and friendly salons in Sussex.