Out of office

PUBLISHED: 06:39 16 June 2014

Phillip Bushnell, director at John Oliver salon. Photo: Steve Adams

Phillip Bushnell, director at John Oliver salon. Photo: Steve Adams


Phillip Bushnell, 61

A director of the John Oliver Group and John Oliver Norwich

What’s been your career path?

I was trained on the outskirts of London and started in 1968, very much in the days of shampoo and sets, but I had a salon manager at the latter part of my training who taught me to cut hair and in the years that followed I was a stylist. I arrived at John Oliver in 1974 as manager of the Great Yarmouth salon and there was a lot of internal training and learning different techniques of cutting. I have always been on the management side and I am now a director.

In the office, three biggest challenges?

I absolutely hate writing reports! Learning to deal with people to get the most out of them without upsetting the apple cart can be a challenge, and always having attention to the little things which, if missed, can develop into bigger problems.

Out of office, three favourite pastimes?

I love my garden and do a lot of gardening. I really enjoy cricket and could watch it at any time, and socialising which I do for my job.

Any clubs – professional organisations or leisure?


First record - and what are you listening to today?

The first record was one that used to come on the radio in the salon in 1968 when I was just starting out – Young Girl by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. When I hear it now, it takes me right back to those days. There is always music in the salon and in the house, but I try not to listen – I prefer swing and jazz. I’d always turn the radio on to a cricket commentary if I could!

First car – and what do you drive now?

A four-door Morris Minor in black, that I bought from a vicar in around 1969/’70. Now I am driving a Ford Ka, because I just need to get the few miles to and from the salon and home each day.

What’s your exercise of choice?

Work and gardening! I don’t exercise except when I cycle to work – it takes me the same time to get here as when I go by car.

Where is your dream holiday?

I adore India. We have been twice and the first time we were lucky enough to go tiger watching and to stay in a fantastic hotel called the Oberoi. I would love to go back to India, but I am sure there are many places in the world that are fantastic and I would always head east rather than west.

Favourite place in Norfolk?

My back garden! We like going to Cley and sitting on the beach, and we enjoy the Wiveton Bell.

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