My Herts Life - Helen Venables
PUBLISHED: 09:58 05 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:59 05 November 2013
House of Colour MD Helen Venables tells Sandra Smith about a loss of identity after the birth of her third child and how a self-image session helped her overcome post-natal depression and sparked a new career. She lives in Watford with her husband Callum
How did you discover image analysis?
After a career in personnel and training and having two children, I took a career break. Then, when my third child was born, I lost my sense of identity. To help me through my post- natal depression, a friend suggested I have my colour and style analysed by House of Colour. It was a life-changing event that transformed me into a confident and positive woman.
You liked it so much you joined? I knew straight away this was something I wanted to take further, so I trained as a consultant and ran the Watford franchise, which became the most successful consultancy in the company. In 2008, the retiring directors approached me and three colleagues to see if we wanted to buy the company. I love leading a business about which I am passionate. This isn’t just about making money but changing people’s lives and encouraging personal growth. We now have 120 franchises throughout the UK and are expanding in the US. There’s interest in Australia, too. .
What’s the theory?
Colour theory is based on scientific research done in the 1930s. Everyone’s skin tone is reflected by the colours they wear, with the correct tones making them look dynamic and interesting. Through style we look at body shape, proportions and personality. If we dress the best we can, people receive us better both socially and in business, and that helps us to succeed. Imaging changes confidence levels from the inside because people understand how to look good. It means having smaller wardrobes, too, because buying the right clothes means you need fewer items. The economic advantage is huge. .
Can anyone benefit?
Yes! This is for everybody who needs to get dressed in the morning, no matter their gender, ethnicity, background or lifestyle. It’s about everyone – from the mum in the playground to businessmen. Our clients are from all walks of life – police, doctors, professors. My oldest client was 86 when she came to see me. It’s never too late.
What are your plans for the future? I still love running classes and like to stay in touch with the market. I will continue to lead the company for the next 10 years, then I plan to sell and depart stage left.