What is your current role?
Retired; Habia Board Member. I teach internationally for AHAM (Alliance of Holistic Aromatherapy Members) and I do some development work for City and Guilds.
How did you get into the beauty industry?
It was always my ambition from an early age. I trained in Hairdressing at 16 attending South Trafford College and at 18 I started my Beauty Therapy Education at the Abraham moss centre.
My first job in the beauty industry was working at a Family fitness centre. I offered beauty treatments and taught exercise classes.
I then went to work at Jane Tiplady Hair and Beauty in Heaton Chapel near Stockport. I remained here until I returned to full-time education to train to become a teacher.
What advice would you give to people who are thinking about getting started in the beauty industry?
You will never work a day in your life! That’s because when you do what you love, you never work a day in your life! I loved every minute. The industry is so diverse. Find an area to specialise in and keep going. My specialism is Aromatherapy – I have travelled to many countries to gain knowledge and attend aromatic adventures. I have made friends from across the planet.
What would you say is your proudest moment or event in your professional life?
Gaining a City and Guilds Medal of Excellence for teaching and learning. In the same year I also won the Heinemann book Inspirational Challenge. The prize money I used to take 8 students on an aromatic adventure in Provence. Also being asked to join the board at HABIA.
What are your hopes for Habia in the next 5 years?
To become an even greater support to the industry and educators. To endorse as many courses as possible. To provide careers advice for those choosing this industry. To raise standards and ensure these standards are adhered to.