Stuart Simons – Co-Owner and Head Groomer

I have been grooming for many years. I have a successful salon in the heart of Londons East End as well as here in East Sussex where I groom all breeds to a Highly Professional standard. I am currently one of only 2 Qualified Master Creative Groomers in the UK and can examine and Judge this technique and have done all over the world. I have appeared on many TV shows including ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, This Morning, GMTV, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Russell Howards Big News and many more. I have 4 dogs, 1 Standard Poodle (Ralph), A Bichon Frise (Molly), A Bichon x Shih-Tzu (Maggie) and a Bichon x Maltese (Nelson). All white (complete accident) and all take a lot of grooming. I am pro-education and I believe that education is the key to running a professional commercial salon successfully. That’s why I created the Groomers Spotlight, a website hub to allow the General Public to find a Fully Qualified Groomer in their area. (see link).

I am the Grooming Consultant on BBC1’s ‘Pooch Perfect’ hosted by Sheridan Smith.

Julie Harris – Co-Owner and Head Groomer

I have had the pleasure of grooming dogs and cats for over 30 years, I love education and give seminars around the globe, and I am proud to say grooming has given me a wonderful life. I have a salon in St Leonards and welcome local cats and dogs to be pampered. I am a member of the guild of master groomers and co-founder of The Groomers Spotlight. I teach all levels of groomers, to groom both dogs and cats. At home, I have 2 Briards a Brussels Griffon a Parrot and my husband.

Maria Pratley – Stylist

I was a gentleman’s Barber for many years and travelled extensively before I retained as dog groomer.

I worked and trained in several high street establishments before gaining my city and guilds level 3 qualification from Hadlow college in 2017

I love my job almost as much as I love dogs



Claire Clarkson – Stylist

I’m Claire and I own two Staffies Vinnie and Ella. 

I have always wanted to work with dogs and consider them my passion, so when I was offered a job as bather and brusher at Tails of St Leonards I jumped at the chance.