Louisa Prestwood

Company Trainer

 Louisa is a company trainer for Jessica manicure, pedicure and Jessana an exclusive manicure range which has been created for Premiere salons and spas. She qualified in 1996 after completing level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy and her interest in beauty came about when she used to watch her Mum having treatments from a friend of hers who was training as a therapist. 

Prior to becoming a trainer, Louisa gained much experience working in several salons before becoming a self employed therapist for seven years. Looking for a new challenge she trained as a teacher before applying to Gerrard International for the role of company trainer which she has been doing now for five years. Her job as a trainer entails a lot of travelling as the head office is in Hertfordshire, where they have wonderful training facilities in addition to those in other venues throughout the UK and Northern Ireland. Louisa delivers her training sessions in one or two days and usually covers an area from her home in Derbyshire to Scotland. She works with qualified professionals and also level 3 students in colleges, an important aspect of the job as she is helping to develop the beauty therapists of the future! Louisa says one of the benefits of her job is that the products are used in many of the top health Spas around the country and she often stays overnight allowing her to take full advantage of the facilities. Gleneagles and Stobo Castle Spas in the Scottish borders are two of her favourite because of the wonderful scenery and countryside. Another benefit is that Louisa often mixes with celebrities in her job role. In 2007 the company were invited to Princess Diana's memorial Concert and she met Take That, Lily Allen, The Feeling and Status Quo. In December 2008 the company were invited to provide mini treatments on celebrities and guests at OK's Christmas party. She is looking forward to giving a seminar at the National Excel beauty exhibition in London to demonstrate and promote the Jessica manicure to salon owners and therapists.
Louisa says she loves her job because she works for a great company and is working with a fantastic product range something she feels very passionate and enthusiastic about as it makes training for her very easy. She says "I get a great buzz from standing in front of a class and passing on all my
experience and knowledge to others. If a delegate in one of my training sessions is struggling I will provide them with one to one assistance until they understand and achieve what is needed and it is an amazing feeling when they succeed!" Her advice to aspiring therapists is to develop excellent communication skills as it is a very personal industry and you need to build a rapport with your
clients very quickly and to be passionate and enthusiastic about your job to enthuse others!