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 a 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 world wide 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 out team will not let you fail we will inspire and motivate you to fulfil 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..

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

Samantha Janisch

Tutor

I have been working in the Beauty Industry for over 26 years and have been teaching for 14 years. “I love teaching and training to allow people to develop new skills that will enhance their career or enable them to begin a completely new exciting career in the Beauty Industry.

The satisfaction of seeing learners reach their goals and achieve their qualifications makes it so worthwhile.” I have been working in the Beauty Industry for over 26 years and have been teaching for 14 years. I love teaching and training to allow people to develop new skills that will enhance their career or enable them to begin a completely new exciting career in the Beauty Industry.

Samantha Janisch

Bianca

Tutor

Hi, my name is Bianca and I am a fully qualified and experienced Lecturer in Nail Technology, Beauty Therapy and Make-Up Artistry. I am very confident in my skills and passion for Nails and Beauty, as well as being very knowledgeable in my specialisms.

In my previous roles I have worked as an Assessor and Lecturer in Further Education establishments such as; South & City College and other Training Academies after completing my Degree in Teaching at Worcester University, and my Assessor’s Award at Solihull College and University.

I find nothing more rewarding than teaching as I am able to share my knowledge, skills, passion and enthusiasm on a daily basis. Watching others develop a skill and grow in confidence throughout the course, gaining knowledge and a deeper understanding of the relevant subject being delivered, and nurturing them to enable them to achieve their ultimate goals and dreams.

Bianca

Taj Sidhu

Tutor

Always a creative Individual, I got my first Bridal Mehndi (Henna) booking at the age of 12! From there on, I grew up with an interest in working within the Beauty Industry, starting out on a Makeup Counter at the age of 16, and carried my passion for taking Party/Bridal Hair and Makeup bookings. After building a large clientele, I ventured into doing other Beauty courses as they went hand in hand with my Makeup skills.

A lot of people wanted to learn makeup from me so I eventually took the next step in my career and qualified as a Trainer! I love working with other people and helping them achieve their dreams. Once clients/students are satisfied with their learning, I know the hard work has paid off!

I love teaching as I find it very rewarding.

Taj Sidhu