Meet the team

We’re proud to have a competent team of professionals working here at Athena – we all have a real passion for what we do and an enthusiasm for all things beauty. We look forward to meeting you and starting your journey!

Lisa Williams

Owner of Athena Aesthetics and Beauty Academy

Hi my name is Lisa the proud owner of Athena Beauty Academy. I am a qualified advanced therapist, teacher, assessor and Internal Quality Assurer.

Having an Aesthetic and Beauty Academy has been a dream come true!  I believe if you can visualise it you can achieve it!

I started my Beauty Therapy career working for Steiner on the largest cruise ship called a Carnival Destiny, this is where my vision began….

I have been in the beauty industry since I left school so a good 27 years. I have truly loved every minute of my career even the days that felt like they wouldn’t end when I worked 12 hour days in a local beauty salon. Looking back these were the days that inspired me to keep learning, keep growing and go into teaching!

Athena Academy specialises in VTCT qualifications as they are recognised worldwide and the standards are very high ensuring that all our learners are well equipped for the next step in the exciting Beauty Industry.

We fully understand and appreciate each person that comes through our doors and feel honoured that you have chosen to study with us…

I can assure you if you turn up our team will not let you fail we will inspire and motivate you to fulfill your dreams and to keep going.

We look forward to meeting you!

Lisa Williams

Emma Hay

Academy Manager

Emma has been working in the Beauty and Aesthetic Industry for over 20 years. She is a fully qualified lecturer and has worked in FE colleges teaching Beauty and delivering Higher Education Beauty & Spa Management degrees as well as advanced Aesthetic courses. Emma has a passion for Laser and Intense pulsed light therapies and has been working with Lasers and IPL since 2004. During this time she has worked with many market leaders, as well as delivering Level 4 & 5 laser/IPL courses..

Emma Hay


Academy Administrator

Hi, my name is Lara and I am proud to be the administrator of the academy. I deal with many things including enrollments, exams and much more. Also, I am head of first aid and fire marshal of the academy. I look forward to meeting you all and helping you with your new journey in the beauty industry! 

Kayleigh Stevens

IQA for Nail Technology and Make-up Courses

I have a vast experience of teaching and assesing beauty therapy and hairdressing courses. My passion is education and ensuring all therapists complete their qualifications to the highest standard and are prepared for this competitive industry.

I currently asses our level 3 Beauty therapy course and IQA for the nail technology and makeup course. I look forward to welcoming you onto one of the courses.

Kayleigh Stevens



Hi my name is Aman, I have over 20 years’ experience within the beauty industry. 

I have carried out for 5 years industry work for Regis Hair and Beauty, Nails Inc and Bannatynes as a Spa therapist where I qualified in using elemis products for the face and body. 

I have 17 years teaching experience working in further education for Birmingham Metropolitan College as Lecturer, Assessor and IQA. 

Within in my studies I have qualified in both Beauty and Holistic therapies and am still learning lots of amazing new treatments. 

I am very passionate about the beauty industry and like to share my knowledge and skills with others. 

I look forward to seeing you at Athena and being a part of your journey to make your dreams come true and help you achieve your goals. 


Melissa Kelly

Beauty & Semi permanent makeup Educator

Melissa first qualified with a BTEC national diploma in beauty therapy Sciences. After successfully qualifying Melissa went on to work in several different salons acquiring a vast amount of knowledge and experience within the beauty industry. Melissa has 15 years of experience, gaining qualifications in classic and volume lashes, makeup, spray tanning, threading, brow lamination, acrylics LCN and CND gel nail applications, the list goes on. In 2018 Melissa went on to train with Beauty Works, and became a hair extension specialist. Later on she went on to open her own salon, and decided she wanted to start a new chapter in aesthetics. After qualifying in advance dermal fillers and Botox, Melissa went on to gain her Level 3 AET training qualification to become a beauty educator. Melissa has such a passion for the beauty industry. And over the 15 years she has continued to gain qualifications enabling her to build a successful career and to now pass on the torch to other beauty enthusiasts. 

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Dionne Waite

Tutor/Assessor/Creative Hair Technician

Hello, my name is Dionne. I Have been in the Hairdressing Industry for 25 years and I love what I do, along with the transformation it can bring to a client. I have a passion for great service and creating glamourous hair. I have Worked at a Prestigious salon in Birmingham for many years and gained extensive experience and Knowledge needed in this industry. 

With all this Knowledge and Skills, I wanted to share what I know and went onto get my teaching award and my assessors award to help me achieve my goal. 

Now I can help other people who are just entering the Hairdressing Industry or have been the industry for years to achieve the best results for them and their future clients. I will always maintain this by keeping up my own personal development in Hairdressing.

I was recently awarded a grade 1 (Outstanding) for my teaching skills. I was surprised when I heard the news. This gave me extra validation that what I am doing, I am doing it well. I intend to improve so that I never fall short in what skill I have to offer my students. 

See you soon. 


Charlotte Brown

Beauty Tutor/Assessor

Hi my name is Charlotte,

I have over 6 years’ experience within the Beauty industry. 

I have worked for the UKs No1 skincare brand, Clarins, as a Spa Therapist & National Therapist, travelling up and down the country launching new treatments across a number of flagship stores & Spas such as Selfridges/Harrods/John Lewis & House of Fraser. I have also in my time at Clarins worked as a skincare consultant in Selfridges and then Business & Spa manager in Debenhams Bullring in Birmingham.

Within my studies, I have qualified in Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2 & 3 therapies. I love continuing to develop my knowledge within the industry & the latest Beauty Treatments!

It has been my dream to be able to share my experience and knowledge with people that share the same passion as me. 


I very much look forward to meeting & supporting you at Athena, to help you achieve your set out goals.

Charlotte Brown

Tonia Lee

Barbering Tutor

I’ve been barbering for 36 years, started when I was 13, when I turned 40 I had taught so many people I decided to do my assessors award, a lot of hard work went in and I passed, unsure which way to go I carried on working on shop floor. When covid hit 2 years ago I had time to reflect and wanted to put my experience into action and knew I wanted to give people qualifications and help them on their journey to be successful in barbering, I teach train and still work on shop floor one day a week, I love what I do and watching my learners going from no idea to confident barbers. 


Chetna Ladwa

Makeup Tutor

Hi, I’m Chetna. I’m a professional Make Up Artist with over 15 years industry and freelance experience. I’ve worked for brands such as Dior, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, NYX and Illamasqua.

As a Freelance Make Up Artist I cover everything Bridal, Editorial, Commercial, SFX/Halloween, Face & Body Painting and Occassion Make Up, and have a regular and loyal client base.
In 2019 I was awarded Professional Make Up Artist of the year at Midlands Fashion Awards.

Make up for me began when I was younger, I’d watch my mom apply vintage face powder with her powder puff, and each time she would say to me ‘now I look and feel beautiful’ and she’d have the biggest smile on her face, exuding confidence.
That smile and confidence is what I bring to every client of mine.

Being creative is the best part of being a Make Up Artist. I want you to share your creative journey with me. I will help you become the best Make Up Artist you can be xx


Nazia Alyas

Hi my name is Nazia,

I have been working within the Beauty Hair and Aesthetic industry for 15 years  

I have worked for several clinics and salons and now own my Hair, Beauty and Laser Hair Removal Aesthetic clinic in Birmingham. 

Alongside of gaining my Qualifications in Hair Beauty and Aesthetics i completed my AET and assessors Award in teaching, currently i am finishing off the DET Award.

Previously I have worked at Stoke-On-Trent College, I have a passion for teaching various treatments and like to keep up with emerging trends, to be able to teach the knowledge I have gained throughout the years is absolutely rewarding.  

 I look forward to helping and supporting learners for IPL and Laser Hair Removal courses and gaining their Qualifications at the Athena Beauty Academy.