IAB members

To demonstrate our commitment to meeting employers’ needs in the Beauty, Nails, Spa, Media Make-up and Complementary Therapies sectors we formed our Industry Advisory Board (IAB).

The IAB comprises employers, Professional Associations and product houses to ensure that we have the rigour, quality and content needed in all that we do to support young people to progress.

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Beverley Braisdell

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board

I'm Made Up

Bev has worked in excess of 27 Years in a variety of fields within the Beauty, Nail & Make-Up industries. She is an Author of renowned book; 'The Hair & Make Up Artists Handbook' Published by (Hodder).

She is the Co-owner of the Make Up Company 'I'm Made Up', completing make up services on many events, festivals, films & celebrity clients. A Curriculum Leader in Media Make Up in an FE college and also teaches at University level where she wrote the Foundation Degree in Make Up.

A HABIA Forum Member, occasional Feature Writer ("The Voice of FE" (nails) Scratch Magazine), Guest Speaker & Judge for the National Nail Competition in Athens Greece and Guest Speaker at Excel & Olympia Trade Shows. Make Up Artist & Designer for Houston Jones Entertainment for short Films & music videos, TV (Britain's Got Talent) and Theatre (Sweeney Todd, Our House & Sister Act). Beverley is a passionate advocate for high standards in the industry.


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Candice Gardner

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board


Candice Gardner has a specialist interest in connecting skin science and product technology with the practicalities of professional skin care. With 25 years’ industry experience, she is quoted frequently in the British and Irish consumer press, and writes regularly for beauty trade press. A dynamic speaker with an enthusiasm for teaching, Candice is requested to present at seminars, exhibitions and congresses around the world on all aspects of the professional skincare industry.

As Education Manager - Content for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute in the UK and Republic of Ireland, Candice is currently responsible for development of educational content and management of the extensive postgraduate curriculum in the region.

Working with and consulting for vocational awarding bodies, professional organisations, along with state and private sector colleges, Candice is passionate about raising industry standards, and sharing best practices.

Candice also acts as UK lead on the Dermalogica Global Education Task force that develops educational content, product and service protocols, along with structured workshops and presentations for global brand training.

Candice trained in South Africa at the Jill Farquharson International College of Beauty Therapy, qualifying with diplomas from the South African Association of Health and Skincare Professionals (SAAHSP), CIBTAC and CIDESCO. As a skin and body therapist, aromatherapist and electrologist, she joined Jennifer Eales’ Skincare & Body Therapy Clinic, one of South Africa’s premier Day Spas. Strong retail focus and a high profile clientele meant soft skills were as important as exceptional services.

Always enhancing her proficiencies, Candice’s commitment to professional development formed the foundation for a career in education and training.

At the beginning of 1998 Candice decided to travel and further her career. Moving to London she worked as a skin and massage therapist to gain insights into the British market before joining the Education Team at The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica.

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Caroline Larissey

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board

A former hairdresser and beauty therapist practising for more than 20 years, Caroline’s passion for learning and development, not only for herself but also for others, initially led her down the teaching and further education route where she spent more than 16 years managing a variety of programmes.

Her continuing passion for professionalism and high standards saw Caroline join Habia in 2006. Here, Caroline was responsible for driving up standards through the development of what was then a new Government initiative, the 14-19 Diplomas.

In 2013 she took over the role of Head of Standards and Qualifications at SkillsActive group (incorporating Habia) both nationally and internationally representing Sport, Exercise and Fitness, Outdoors, Activity Leadership, Playwork, Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics. 

In March 2018 Caroline refocussed back on her passion for Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics and joined the National and Beauty Federation (NBHF) as Director of Quality and Standards. Caroline chairs and is a member of numerous Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics Industry groups across the UK, she is also an Apprenticeship Intermediary and T level Ambassador. 

Caroline works alongside numerous Government ministers, industry leaders and legislative decision makers across the UK, to raise the profile of Hair, Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing sector and to advocate the importance of maintaining high standards, quality training and education.

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Clare Anderson

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board

Lava Shell Massage | Shared Beauty Secrets

Clare Anderson, Founder & MD of Shared Beauty Secrets the exclusive distributor of Lava Shells, the worlds first self-heating massage tool.

With a combined experience working in health and beauty across leading brands over the past 25 years Clare set up Shared Beauty Secrets after discovering Lava Shells whilst on holiday in 2009.

Being both popular and instantly recognisable the Lava Shells with their seamless massage of heat and touch have continued to take the industry by storm. Clare was inspired to develop Kokolokahi pre-blended body oils, available to trade professionals and the consumer retail market. Harnessing the very best from nature the indulgent blend of Coconut, Argan and Shea oils are combined with pure essential oils to offer six unique sensory body oils and the Kokolokahi range is growing all the time

As a supplier to the trade we pride ourselves on ensuring our training addresses all aspects of the ever-changing spa and beauty sector, using modern massage techniques with Lava Shells, Molten Lava Stones and hands free tools and techniques.
Shared Beauty Secrets have created a range of 10 beautiful professional treatments which are delivered by our highly experienced training team to qualified therapists across the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands and are accredited by the FHT. We also offer a specific range of training courses and workshop programmes to students undergoing their studies at college.

Our clients employ thousands of therapists across the breadth of the industry, yet all rely on the quality of training we deliver to their teams of staff. Our treatments are offered at names such as Ragdale, Celtic Manor, Champneys, Reynolds Group, Bannatyne, Mandarin Oriental and Moddershall Oaks to name a few.

We are proud to be working with City & Guilds and share our experience as an Industry Brand Partner.

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Ellie Tidy

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board


Ellie is the Franchise Development Manager for Guinot Mary Cohr UK, the first professional skincare brand in the UK & Ireland to offer a High Street Beauty Salon franchise opportunity. Prior to her franchise role, Ellie had a successful career in the professional beauty industry, working as a beauty therapist within the UK and internationally in Australia and China.

12 years ago her Guinot Mary Cohr journey started when she joined the training school and after gaining her teaching qualification became a Regional Trainer. After 4 years on the road delivering training courses across the UK and Ireland , Ellie returned to the Ascot base as Training Development Manager. In 2015 Ellie was offered the position of Franchise Development Manager bringing her operational knowledge and industry expertise to Guinot’s growing franchise network. Ellie is now the first point of contact for a prospective franchisee and is responsible for the recruitment of new and development of existing franchise salons.

In 2016 Ellie became the first person within the beauty sector to achieve a QFP (Qualified Franchise Professional). As a QFP Ellie holds the only nationally recognised qualification specific to the franchising industry. Awarded by the British Franchise Association (bfa), it signifies a highly developed level of expertise and experience in franchising and a thorough understanding of its complexities, ethical standards and best practices. In addition to heading up the franchise department, Ellie line manages the two company owned sites focusing on the commercial and operational aspects of the daily salon business.

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Esther Maugauran

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board

The Lanes Health & Beauty

Esther has been in the Beauty industry for over 22 years working in all aspects of beauty within the UK and Worldwide. Some of which include Ragdale Hall, Virgin Atlantic Inflight-Beauty Therapist, Deputy Manager of Champneys Day Spa and Teaching Beauty Level I&II at East Sussex College.

Esther is also the Head Judge for the UK AHT Beauty competitions along with assisting with World Skills Beauty competitions.

Currently working for The Lanes Health & Beauty in Brighton as a Salon Manager & Facial Specialist and a City & Guilds IEPA for Beauty.

My journey started when I did my work placement at school at the age of 14 in 1993 and I never looked back. It runs in the family as my dad was a hairdressing lecturer for over 30years plus a judge and chief expert for World Skills. I have worked my way up from a Beauty Therapist to Manager roles within Salon and Spa's, with a passion for skincare and facials. I specialise in Crystal Clear microdermabrasion, Oxygen Therapy & Microneedling, Jan Marini aesthetic peels, LED Light Therapy and BBGlow facials.

I am passionate to make a constant positive change within the Beauty Industry and to continue doing what I love.

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Faye Dean

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board

Sanctum Beauty

Faye Dean, owner of Sanctum Beauty, has built up her beauty therapy business and reputation since 6th April 2012, with one very specific goal in mind – ‘To provide our clients with the very best treatments available, in beautiful and luxurious surroundings and always ensuring the very highest level of client care.

We have designed our salon with the comfort of our clients at the very forefront of our ideas. Shiatsu massaging pedi-spas, a designated relaxation area and spacious treatment rooms all aid the feeling of complete relaxation that you will experience during your visit.

We have carefully researched and have chosen some of the very finest beauty and spa brands in the world. Our treatment menu was designed to fuse together the best of beauty and spa, offering our clients innovative and progressive treatments and also more traditional techniques that have stood the test of time.

Our therapists are trained to the very highest standards, and continuing professional development is a key factor at Sanctum Beauty, to ensure we are always offering our clients the best possible treatments and techniques.

At Sanctum Beauty we like to give something back, and the salon actively supports our chosen charity CLIC Sargent, who care for children and young adults with cancer.

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Gill Morris

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board Chair


Gill Morris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Charted Marketer, an author of 3 textbooks, chair of C&G National Advisory Committee for Beauty, an international trainer and presenter and currently Director of Commercial Development for Sterex.

Gill was also a founding and non executive director of a Standard Setting Body, Chair of the Beauty Industry Authority and also a past member of the Professional Speaking Association; with her expertise in public speaking and her passion for the subjects of electrolysis, marketing and all things beauty business related her presentations and knowledge are much in demand.

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Jacquie Slater

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board


Jacquie is a professional skin therapist, trainer, educator and writer. As Education Training Manager for Dermalogica, Jacquie is responsible for maintaining educational standards in alignment with the College Partnership Programme. As well as working on curriculum, she actively trains all the Training Specialist Team in Dermalogica brand service standards and techniques.

Gathering over 35 years of experience within the Skin Care Industry, Jacquie has worked in many capacities from operating her own successful business, managing several salons and spa’s and teaching both graduate and post graduate education.

Jacquie says, “I’ve spent all my working life in this exciting industry. I studied hairdressing and beauty therapy at college for 3 years and went straight into salon work; gained over 10 years of industry experience before deciding that education was where my heart truly lay. I studied for my teaching diploma and worked as a beauty therapy lecturer in a further education college. After 6 years of undergraduate training, I joined the number one professional skin care brand, Dermalogica. I have shared my passion for skin health for over 20 years; five of those years spent working at head office in Los Angeles

Within her current role, Jacquie uses her knowledge and experience to support the Education Manager in developing and updating the College Partnership Programme; her goal… to prepare students for an industry she still celebrates being part of today.

Specializing in alternative therapies, she has presented at trade shows and major press events and congresses. Her position also involves the regular contribution of articles for trade and consumer magazines.

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Jacqui Jefford

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board

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Julie McFadden

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board


Julie worked in various roles within the insurance industry, from claims assessor to managing a team of claims auditors, for 23 years.

In 2000, Julie took the opportunity to study complementary therapies and has been involved in the therapy industry for 17 years as a practitioner and salon owner, offering lots of therapies. She became a lecturer in complementary therapies at Chichester College, teaching all aspects of complementary therapies including her passion, reflexology and business.

Julie enjoys her role at FHT as it allows her to combine both her insurance, complementary therapies and teaching experience. As the Compliance Manager, Julie’s duty is to ensure that FHT is compliant in its role as an insurance broker, which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. She reviews all areas of insurance for students and members requiring insurance to ensure that they are covered for the treatments, but also keeping up-to-date with new qualifications and more importantly, new technology in the industry and ensuring that members’ insurance meets the individual member’s needs.

Also, as the Registrar, it is Julie’s responsibility is to ensure that FHT members meet the required standards in order to appear on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register for Complementary Health and Social care.

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Kim Ford

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board

Kim Ford has worked in the beauty and education industry for over 30 years, in over 37 countries in the areas of beauty, spa, sports, nails, holistic therapy, and medical aesthetics across private and public education establishments and large and small spa, salons and retail business. Kim has extensive knowledge and experience as an international examination officer, EPA and IQA for awarding organisations. Has been a chairman for an international awarding organisation and sits on many industry boards globally as a director or trustee and has won awards for education and business. She is a speaker at many industry events globally and is business volunteer for students in colleges.

Kim owns Beauty Enterprise Solutions, Consultancy, and Training, specialising in aiding industry education establishments to gain accreditation or endorsement, by awarding organisations, help business in areas such as aiding teaching students with a second language in the industry, Kim also has a degree in business and enterprise and supports business in mentoring, business turn around, analysis, legal compliance document creation and is an expert witness for the industry.

My motto is,” keep learning”! Update or learns a new skill every year and remember you can learn from the newly qualified to the most established person.

I strive to share my knowledge and skills with everyone across all areas of our industry helping them to reach their education and career goals with the highest level of professional skills, knowledge and standards, so continuing our industry at its best into the future.



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Layla Tourh

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board

The Creative Beauty Group

Layla Tourh, Managing Director of multi-award winning company The Creative Beauty Group, has always been passionate about setting standards high within the beauty industry.

Layla has had a full and varied career working as a Beauty Therapist, Salon Owner, Educator, Brand Founder, a consultant for City & Guilds, beauty expert for a local radio station, Distributor, Salon Supplier, and Business Owner. Her commitment to the professional beauty industry over the past 25 years steams from a passion for people and sharing best practices.

As a supplier to beauty professionals, Layla prides her business on ensuring each training course covers every aspect the student will need to run and manage their own successful beauty business. All courses at The Creative Beauty Group are accredited to the highest standards and are delivered by highly experienced educators who have been specially hand-picked by Layla herself.

As well as Managing Director for TCBG, Layla is also the founder four established professional beauty brands which include Lashnv™ Lashes, Brownv™ Brows, Exposed Spray Tan and Lipnv™ No Needle Filler.

Layla is proud to be working with City & Guilds and share her experience on the Industry Advisory Board.

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Louise Searles

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board

I started my career in 1984, completing a 3 year Hair, Beauty & Wigmaking course at Havering College, working as a hairdresser and therapist in hotels, salons and spas in Romford, Cornwall and Reading, until 1988 when I established my first business within a hairdressing salon in Chelmsford. After a year, needing more of a challenge, I enrolled on a teacher training course and returned to Havering College in a sessional post, becoming a full time lecturer in 1992.

I was introduced to City & Guilds by my head of department and fell in love with the whole examination process and became an examiner and then involved in the development and introduction of NVQs. I progressed to become an external verifier and held the post of Hair & Beauty Regional Lead Verifier for London & South East for several years. I loved this role, however gave it up in 2001 when I left Havering College to set up my own training centre.

The training organisation has changed greatly over the past seventeen years to meet the demands of learners and the industry. I maintained a semi-active role as a consultant with City & Guilds working on a variety of product developments, in particular with the assessment team and am very pleased to be involved with the development of the new developments.

Having delivered funded provision for the majority of the business’ life, the organisation has taken a change in direction: I now offers City & Guilds qualifications to mature private learners who are helped to create their own flexible learning plan incorporating the units they would like to study. I also helps those who have already undergone non regulated qualification training, to achieve formal qualifications by working on an individual basis to ‘fill in the gaps’ to support this I have extended the accreditation provision to satellite has centres around the UK and have developed online training resources.

My focus now is enhancing the quality of the learner’s journey, whilst meeting the industry’s needs and expectations to create quality, flexible, tailored training provision.

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Marie Tudor

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board

National Skin Cancer charity | Skcin

Marie Tudor is CEO of National Skin Cancer charity.

Marie works tirelessly for skin cancer charity Skcin and has been in the role for the past 5 years, after working for five years as freelance Business and Marketing Consultant.

Skcin is the UK’s only charity dedicated to raising awareness of skin cancer through education to promote prevention, early detection, improve prognosis and save lives. The charity has been operating for 14 years and was born out of the loss of family member to melanoma the deadliest form of skin cancer They work strategically to  help combat a huge financial burden that is estimated, by 2020, to cost the NHS over £550 million annually

Skcin focus is on proactive intervention on a national scale. Their targeted, bespoke, accreditation programmes offer longevity and provide statistics, reporting and feedback on all levels and measured outcomes. They offer FREE on line accreditation and resources for Schools, nurseries, and Workplaces, Skcin worked for five years lobbying and campaigning to secure sun safe teachings on the national curriculum for Primary Schools that will finally become mandatory in 2020.

Skcin were Founder members of the Melanoma Taskforce started in 2010 to support the Government in practical solutions and addressing the concerns raised by Taskforce and the shocking rising statistics of skin cancer that has grown by 45% in the last decade with over 350,000 cases of both non melanoma and melanoma .annually. Skcin are also involved in recommendations to Government, lobbying and campaigning and are stakeholders to NICE, National Institute for Clinical Excellence, in reviewing and setting standards in clinical pathways for early detection and diagnosis of skin cancer. Skcin were involved in developing and setting hair/beauty industry guidelines in 2010 and since that time have undertaken education sessions with key targeted audiences.

Marie was pivotal in the concept of launching an online training for industry in 2017 Masced, Melanoma and Skin cancer early detection training, www.masced.uk that has taken the industry by storm. The training helps hair and beauty professionals identity the sign and symptoms of skin cancer and melanoma using interactive platform. The charity has trained over 4700 leaners via its online training in less than two years. Their programme is now supported by industry and key providers  Due to the success in uptake and the impact of an increases in  skin referrals and growing  early detection cases. Skcin are keen to see the training made mandatory for all staff working in this sector and it clear it can save lives and early detection can  mitigate the huge burden of costs to the  NHS and the hair and beauty industry  professionals become powerful advocates in the fight against skin cancer.

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Mike Coppin

City & Guilds Industry Advisory Board

Historic Sussex Hotels

Mike has held a number of roles within the leisure industry, originally starting his career in fitness and membership sales before moving over to the luxury private sector with Historic Sussex Hotels in 2005. Nearly 15years in the leisure and hospitality field later, Mike took on the role of Group Spa Manager for Historic Sussex Hotels, working with the Managing Directors to deliver the three exceptional, luxurious and successful spa facilities as part of the private collection of hotels and spas owned by the group.

Mike is responsible for all things spa – treatments, membership, staff development, training, profitability, sales performance and service standards and feels that the key to success is communication, effective people management and clarity. Consistency is the key to our industry and being to continually deliver on our guests expectations means that the people need to be ‘on form’. A firm believer in recruiting nice people, Mike isn’t always looking for the most qualified or experienced person but the person that he feels will best compliment his and Historic Sussex Hotels’ ethos towards service and experience.

With a team of 80 staff of which 30+ are spa therapists, Mike and his management team are committed to developing the best possible team of therapists to deliver the highest possible standards.

Historic Sussex Hotels offer many pathways into different experiences within the group and have helped many of our staff gain valuable experience in management, training and development that have seen them go onto to flourish within the group and in future roles.

Mikes aim now is to re-develop the employers link with the schooling system to better prepare people for the industry and give them the tools to succeed with their chosen career path whilst paving a pathway for future stars of leisure, spa and hospitality to flourish.’

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