Our team of creative, multi-skilled Stylists, Colourists, Skin Therapists & Beauticians strives to challenge and excite clients with the innovation that underpins the hair, beauty and fashion industry.

Each of our team members have their own skill sets, background, specialities and inspirations. Take some time to learn more about our award winning team of Buoys.

"At Buoy we are one family" Derek Elvy

Derek Elvy

Founder & Director

Derek has spent 40 years driving the NZ hairdressing industry forward.  In 2017 Derek was inducted into the NZHA Industry Hall of Fame.  He is renowned for his artistic flair and creative, out-of-th...

Phillippa Middleton

Managing Director

Phillippa is an international award-winning entrepreneur who has created one of the most successful Salon and Spa companies in New Zealand with exceptional results.  Her vision and achievements, comb...

Michael Beel


Michael is one of New Zealand’s most sought after platform hairdressers.  As the Creative Director at Buoy, Michael has travelled throughout Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand - teaching, mento...

Chinney Yeap

Colour Director

Introducing Colour Director Chinney Yeap.  She is strong, dynamic and ever evolving.  In her 20s, Chinney knew she wanted to work at the top salon with "a vision that I truly believed in"....

Mathias Te Moananui

Master Colourist

Mathias is the L'Oréal NZ Hairdresser of the year 2016.  Mathias has always known that he would have a career within the fashion industry.  A perfectionist at heart, he has strived for excell...

Bev Dodd

Master Stylist

Bev has been creating beautiful hair for over 25 years.  A Vidal Sassoon-trained Precision Hair Cutter she is 'all about the cut'.

As a senior member of Manchester Sassoon'...

Tahni Daniels

Master Creative Stylilst

Tahni commenced her hairdressing career over 12 years ago. She worked at Toni & Guy in England and was involved with six seasons of London Fashion Week, competed in many competitions, worked photo...

Wei Jiang

Senior Stylist

Wei started his hairdressing career in 2011 when he was almost 30.  He decided to follow his dream and passion, and he has done just that by building a loyal clientele, working on many of New Zealand...

Vicki Bush

Master Colourist

Vicki has over 30 years experience in hairdressing and colour. Her skills have taken her from Kaitaia to London and back to the capital of fashion – Wellington.  She has styled royalty to rock star...

Sarah Schreiber (nee Smith)

Senior Colourist

Sarah has always been fascinated with hair and beauty, especially the idea that she could transform someone’s look, so that they look and feel amazing.  Making her clients feel sensational is what...

Jolene Hana

Stylist & Senior Colourist

Jolene is a Stylist and Colourist with 13 years experience.  She is an elegant lady who loves fashion.

Jolene's attention to detail, and the pride she takes with each appointment is...

Teohomaiana (Te) Morgan

Emerging Stylist

Teohomaiana (Te) has been a client of Buoy since she was a young girl.  She has always admired Derek and his artistry.  We are lucky to have Teohamaiana join our award-winning team. She has a passio...

Courtney Taylor

Senior Colourist & Make Up Artist

Courtney has always loved the fashion and beauty industry.  She recently won the prestigious Makeup Artist of the Year award at the 2017 NZHA Industry awards. Courtney has been creating the most bea...

Eilish Mooney


Eilish has grown up in the hair industry.  From a young child, she has been a key member of her father's salon.  Eilish is incredibly talented and is excelling as a Buoy apprentice.  Eilish wa...

Ronica Samang


Ronica has recently joined Buoy and has quickly become a key part of our growing team.  She has a positive, vibrant can-do attitude, and is committed to her journey of becoming one of New Zealand...

Hlawn Nawl


Hlawn loves everything beautiful, and is learning and thriving amongst the team.  Hlawn has a smile that lights up a room, and will give you a head massage that will make you feel totally relaxed.

Jacob Dombroski

Salon Support

Jacob is a very positive, humble man who lights up any room he enters. Jacob is passionate about acting and performing and is starring in a play he has written at the 2018 Fringe Festival. Whānau is...

Nurse Natalie Wilkes

Appearance Medicine Registered Nurse

Natalie is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience.  She is a super kind, loyal lady who now balances being a mum, caring for Neonatal Intensive Care babies, and leading Appearance Medicine...

Keicha Daniels

Senior Skin Therapist

Two-time Ultraceuticals RVR 90 Day Challenge Finalist, Keicha is an expert in skin and skin health.  Originating from the UK, Keicha has 11 years experience as a Beauty Therapist and skin care specia...

Elle Koonwaiyou

Senior Skin Therapist

Elle is an intelligent, astute and passionate Senior Skin Therapist. She is achieving life changing results in our Spa. Elle has a in-depth knowledge of Ultraceuticals Treatments, Ultra and Ultra MD ...

Kelly Francis

Senior Skin Therapist

Kelly has been recognised as one the most effective and talented Skin Therapists in Australasia by winning the Anti-Ageing category in the Ultraceuticlas RVR90 day challenge. 

Kelly has...

Eddie Lal

Director of First Impressions

Eddie is our Front of House Guru, and is the master of all things phenomenal.  He is a leader in his field of caring for our clients and ensuring the team are on time and everyone is happy.  Anything you need, just call up Eddie and you will feel his smile through the phone – he is pure gold!

Sam Halikias


Sam has recently rejoined her team of Buoys after having two beautiful children who are her pride and joy.  Sam is the much loved niece of Derek Elvy.  She is a valued member of the reception team and rocks Louis Vuitton like no one else in this town.

Evie Leniston-Howell

Brand Champion

 Evie is our Brand Champion who manages our Marketing and Communication.  She has a passion for social media and story-telling.  Want to collaborate, blog, share news? - then email Evie today.

Sarah Duckworth

Accounts & Finance Guru

Sarah has recently joined our team part-time to take care of the accounts.  She has fitted in beautifully at Buoy.  Sarah is a bubbly, kind, honest lady who is often seen zipping around Wellington on her push Scooter.