Noella Gabriel, a co-founder of Elemis and its Director of Sales, Product & Treatment Development, received the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ at the Professional Beauty (UK) Awards, in London.

Renowned as an influential innovator in the UK beauty industry, Gabriel 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.

Laura McCreddie, Managing Editor, Professional Beauty (UK) magazine said of Gabriel:

“Creating products that are effective is a hard enough task but creating icons requires other skill entirely. It requires acertain 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.
"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."

On winning the award Noella Gabriel (pictured, with Laura McCreddie and Professional Beauty (UK) Magazine’s CEO David Gilbertson), said:

“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, especially in a year where Elemis is celebrating its 20th anniversary.”