It was a spectacular night of glitz and glamour at the prestigious Aesthetics Awards 2019. Professionals from across the specialty gathered at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel in central London to celebrate another successful year with more than 700 attendees. Guests had their picture taken at the Aesthetics Awards pressboard, caught up with friends and colleagues, and enjoyed drinks and live music, before moving to the beautiful ballroom for a delicious three-course dinner.
Chloé Gronow, Editor & Content Manager of the Aesthetics journal and Aesthetics Awards judge welcomed guests to the ceremony, thanking the sponsors, judges, and voters for their support. She also introduced this year’s comedian and host, Tom Allen, compère Jon Briggs, the original voice of Apple’s iPhone assistant Siri, and the chosen charity of the year, the British Red Cross. Guests then enjoyed a hilarious comedy set by Tom Allen featuring bespoke aesthetic-related jokes that kept everyone entertained. Dr Nestor's Medical & Cosmetic Clinic, said of Allen’s performance, “Tom Allen is by far the funniest comedian we have seen over the last 5 years + of attending."
The Commended and Highly Commended finalists were then applauded for their achievements before Winners in the 26 prestigious categories were welcomed to the stage to collect their unique ‘A’ trophies and take their winners’ photographs.
The clinic categories were recognised for commitment to excellence in customer service, patient care, safety and evidence of good feedback from patients. Aesthetic companies were also awarded for their achievements, as were training providers and support partners.
Zain Bhojani, director of Church Pharmacy, was presented with Pharmacy Distributor of the Year. Zain said, “This year has been a challenging and interesting year, so winning this award means the world. It really is very special for us."
Finally, the highly anticipated practitioner categories closed the ceremony. The SpringPharm Award for Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner of the Year went to Jackie Partridge and Dr Jonquille Chantrey took home The John Bannon Awards for Medical Aesthetic Practitioner of the Year. She said, “I am just really deeply humbled by it so thankful."
Finally, to conclude the remarkable ceremony, The Outstanding Achievement in Medical Aesthetics was presented to a practitioner who has demonstrated commitment and passion for regulation, industry growth and patient safety. Aesthetic practitioner and founder of the ACE Group and director of Cosmedic Skin Clinic and Cosmedic Pharmacy Dr Martyn King. King said, “I am really proud and feel really special to get this, but this is not the end and I am not done just yet.”
Following the awards presentation ceremony, guests moved out of the ballroom to continue networking and dance the night away to a live band and DJ. Dija Ayodele, the founder of the Black Skin Directory, said of the evening, "The Aesthetics Awards are a chance to see and celebrate with colleagues who’ve worked hard all year! It’s also an opportunity to network and build relationships going forward.”
Denise Ryan, vice president of brand management at Celluma By BioPhotas, summed up the night, “Some of the top clinics and aesthetic practitioners are located in the London area and as a new manufacturer and device in the UK, we felt that it was a very important award to sponsor. This is certainly a great event so we will be delighted to be back in 2020! The Aesthetics Awards are fantastic."