I have always had a great passion for the beauty industry that has remained with me throughout my forty year career. It is an exciting industry that is constantly evolving and changing, providing many wonderful opportunities for today’s therapists and endless new treatments and products for us to use to enhance our appearance and well being.
My career in beauty therapy began accidentally when I bought a special edition of Vogue magazine devoted entirely to beauty therapy. It was a revelation and I was entranced by the glimpse into this glamorous world that looked so appealing and it described a world far removed from the career path I had chosen, teaching physical education!
When I completed my beauty therapy course in 1972 I was employed by the most prestigious hotel in Manchester; The Midland Hotel, where I was lucky enough to treat many famous sports personalities, celebrities and politicians. After six months I was promoted to manageress of the spa at the Queens Hotel in Leeds, this was part of the same hotel group and I was involved in all aspects of salon management and worked closely with the marketing department.
When I married I returned to Manchester to work for Pierre Alexandre, an International hairdresser with salons in the UK, Switzerland and Morocco, managing the beauty side of the business. I also provided makeup for the models that Pierre used for his cutting edge hairstyles that were often featured on magazine covers.
Having three children made me rethink my career and to provide more flexibility, I established my own beauty business, providing treatments for clients, teaching skin care and makeup to aspiring models for two Manchester model agencies and advising other salon owners who wished to expand into the beauty business.
I have been teaching at Trafford College for the last 26 years and am course co-ordinator for level 3 and 4 beauty therapy and salon management. I am also an internal verifier, course tutor and mentor to student teachers; I have also been an external examiner for City and Guilds and worked for HABIA in collaboration with other professionals to establish the National Occupational Standards for beauty therapy.
I am a published author and have worked with the following publishers; Reed Elsevier, Heinemann, Harcourt and Pearson. My books are used by students of beauty therapy worldwide and I also write learning packages and multimedia resources for tutors.
I have provided consultancy services for educational establishments, salons and product companies to include; devising training courses, writing course manuals, product information and web site content and running seminars for education and spa managers working as far afield as the Caribbean.