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

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 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.


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.