Meet the Bartolo Academy Team

Paul Bartolo



Our Master Barber, and the reason we’re all here! Paul is a dedicated men’s grooming expert and loves consulting and building brands.

Busy at work and busy at home with his primary school aged twins, Paul enjoys an evening Chardonnay with his wife, Erica, to relax and unwind. A lover of authentic furniture, vinyl, luxury watches and football; Paul lives on tea and is a sucker for a bit of cake.

The best part about Paul is he is always up for a laugh and regularly laughs so hard that he cries!

Daniel Jones



Our English Educator Extroadinare, Dan, has been with Bespoke since the beginning. With years of barbering experience combined with a teaching career, in a former life, the transition from barber to educator came easy.

Dan comes from a musical background. In his spare time he travels with bands and writes and records songs. As a new father, our part-time Rock Star now enjoys quieter weekends, and songs about baby sharks.

Self proclaimed “handsome man who cuts hair and likes to party”, we love Dan’s humble personality but mostly how comfortable he makes our students feel.

Teresa Wakelin


PA to Paul Bartolo

With a long working history with Paul, Teresa is our talented all-rounder focused on marketing and operations systems.

Teresa loves spending time with her partner, two toddlers, dog and 4 chickens at her country-lifestyle property by the sea. Spending plenty of time outdoors, gardening, cooking, reading and karaoke are her favourite things to do, but not all at once!

We love how Teresa embraces her inner nerd with a brilliant sense of humour.

Laura Smyth


PA & Sales

Laura is in charge of enrollments, sales and also plays assistant to Paul. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the hair industry for over 14 years, Laura walks-the-walk and talks-the-talk.

In her spare time, Laura is kept busy adventuring with her two pre-schoolers. She enjoys baking and chilling out on a Saturday with a glass or two of champagne and a cheese platter. Glorious!

We love how Laura’s fierce personality (and high heels) add at least another 50 centimeters to her tiny frame!