Balloon Training Academy Instructors

The Balloon Training Academy instructor team is led by Jo Uddin CBA. Jo Uddin is a Certified Balloon Artist, City & Guilds Instructor and a dedicated NABAS approved balloon artistry Teacher.
All of our tutors are fully trained to the highest standards within the balloon and party industry. All tutors hold their City & Guilds in balloon artistry, are Certified Balloon artists and have teacher training qualifications. Jo Uddin is our head tutor and NABAS approved trainer and offers a fantastic selection of courses accredited through both NABAS and the Balloon Training Academy.

Instructor – Jo Uddin

 

Jo’s qualifications include: BTEC National in Art & Design, British Display Society Visual Merchandising Diploma, City & Guilds 7722, 7822, 7922 in Balloon Artistry, Certified Balloon Artist, City & Guilds teacher training 7407, Greenwich University Teaching Degree and BAPIA approved instructor. Jo is admired for her creative talents and has accomplished a lot in the seventeen years she has been in the balloon and party industry. Awards given to Jo and her team include:

3rd place- Large sculpture at the International Party Show 2002, 2nd Centerpiece design at the NABAS show 2002, 2nd place Non Round sculpture at the International Party Show 2003, 1st Large sculpture at the International Party Show 2004, 1st place Delivery design at the International Party Show 2004, 2nd place Table Centerpiece Design at the International Party Show 2005, 3rd place Large Sculpture at the International Party Show 2006, 1st Large Sculpture at the International Party Show 2007, 1st place centerpiece at the International Party Show 2008, 1st place in visual merchandising at the International Party Show 2008, 3rd place Delivery design at the International Party Show 2008, 3rd place Large Sculpture at the International Party Show 2008, 1st place centerpiece design NABAS 2008 and the prestigious title of Balloon Decorator of the year, 3rd Place Large Sculpture Qualatex Event 2011.

Jo now spends her time divided between teaching on the BTEC Event Management programme at Hertford Regional College, Heading up the tutor team here at the Balloon Training Academy where she teaches hands on classes and offers her business mentor programme and running her own events styling and bespoke prop company.

Instructor –Darren Higgs

Darren is the Balloon Training Academy’s Photography, Lighting and Props expert. Having worked as a photographer for well over 30 years his knowledge of the industry is second to none. Darren’s creativity led him to teach at the academy and as a fully qualified tutor with DTLLS Teaching Degree status he is an excellent practical instructor. Darren’s achievements include training top West End lighting technicians who have worked on shows such as Billy Elliot and Phantom of the Opera, he also runs his own Photographic Training Academy alongside his teaching.