Louise Searles Founder & Director of training
I have come to the conclusion that what makes me happiest in life is helping other people achieve success. Phoenix has provided me with the opportunity to create a great deal of success for others over the years and it has been my absolute pleasure to create many therapists still in the industry today. Having a specialist skill is difficult to pin down, to say, whatever I am teaching is my favourite skill, I research the latest techniques and ways of delivering the material in the best way possible for the learners I have in front of me. I started my training in 1984 and have seen qualifications come full circle. I am always looking to extend training opportunities and find ways to serve my learners better.
Toni Larkin - Nail specialist
I am committed to delivering informative and current information relevant to today’s nail industry and the next generation of nail technicians an am continuously inspired by the fast-paced and forever evolving nail industry and am always updating my skills to remain abreast of new developments. I have always appreciated lovely nails, whether neatly manicured of enhanced and in 2004 decided to train purely in nails rather than take the beauty therapist route. I have expert status in all enhancements systems; acrylic liquid & powder, hard gel, fibreglass, gel polish, acrylic dipping system as well as nail art and E-file. I have trained with leading brands such as CND, ibd, Calgel, Gelish, OPI and INK London Nails. Alongside my role as educator at Phoenix I am also the Essex Educator for INK London Nails. I have made various contributions to articles in the leading nail publication Scratch Magazine and can frequently be found demoing the latest techniques at the London trade shows Excel & Olympia each year.
Sam Blake - AKA Beauty Business Buddy
I am a forward thinking, motivated, and enthusiastic educator and mentor, proactive, caring and passionate to empower those around me to achieve and grow. A proven history of being able to motivate, encourage and lead a variety of age groups and cohorts of student, and staff, to reach their full potential. I strive to create a supportive environment to improve your self esteem, confidence, and life skills. My classes are fun, with multi model and differentiated strategies and techniques built in and have been described as an educator with a maverick and effective teaching style. My therapy career has included various promotion and management positions in award winning salons, as a troubleshooter, ambassador, trainer, treatment development panel.
Tara Jones - Reflexologist
I have been a teacher of all ages for 25 years and enjoy passing on my knowledge which led to me being shortlisted for the Inspiration Therapist of the year 2017 by Holistic Therapy Magazine. I made the change quite late in life to move into complementary therapies, it had always been something I was interested in but decided that I wanted to take that further and qualify as a reflexologist. I am very passionate about reflexology and have a client base where I specialise in reflexology lymphatic drainage particularly for autoimmune disease sufferers and those in chronic pain. Helping couples who cannot conceive is also a passion along with helping ladies through their pregnancies and sometimes through to birth and after. I believe strongly in being able to offer individual treatment plans to clients and have continued to grow my skill set to be able to do that. Reiki, Bach Flower remedies, homoeopathy, Ayurvedic facials, Indian head massage and the use of paraffin wax baths for those in pain have enabled me to produce treatments that change and move with the client as their needs change. I am delighted to be working with the Team Phoenix and be able to bring my teaching and therapy skills into the perfect setting and hope that I will be able to pass on my passion for reflexology to my students.
Nikki Mumby - Holistic, Beauty Nail & Lashpreneur
If you want a massive confidence boost to catapult your career, then I'm your girl! My pearls of wisdom from over 25 years working with top brands such as Leighton Denny, Sudo-tan, Swissdermyl and Yves Saint Laurent as well as being one of the makeup artists for Miss England enables me to challenge, inspire and educate you into all areas of the industry from spa and salon work to developing home businesses. I am vivacious and bubbly with a wicked sense of humour which I bring to my teaching, it has been said that my enthusiasm is contagious which in turn ensures you will be confident in your developmental opportunities.
Angela Latham -Beauty, Body Specialist & Reflexologist
I have developed a love for A&P, the more I teach the more I want to know and the more respect I have for the human body and everything that it does. I am excited to be developing my Reflexology knowledge and skills into the world of oncology & working with clients with life-limiting conditions to help support their well-being.
After completing a 3-year full-time City and Guild's beauty therapy, electrical epilation and hairdressing and wig-making program in 1983, I started my career in salons around Romford and Barking, quickly becoming an expert in waxing, the signature Clarins facial and body treatments and electrolysis and the popular ‘Slendertone’ slimming treatments. Over the years I have embraced all the training that I could, completing Elemis training which encompassed face and eyes, body therapy, Exotics and mother to be training. I also trained in 'La Sultan de Saba' which included bamboo massage and now specilaise in reflexology. I extended my training to include IPL & microdermabrasion treatments and was also able to increase the Elemis training which included Aroma stones and update my body treatments. Although I adore learning new skills and treatments, I felt the time was right to start passing on my knowledge to others. I completed the City & Guilds Award in Education & Training as well as the Assessors Award and have been teaching and managing the learning of apprentices in salons in 2016.
Paula Holton - Wax specialist
After many years offering a range of beauty treatments, I now specialise in Brazilian & Hollywood waxing also Male Intimate waxing . My aim is to be able to pass on their experience on how to achieve great results whilst minimizing the discomfort, which leads to a loyal client following.