Chris Phillips – Principal-Director-Tutor
I am the Principal and Director of The Cotswold Academy of Health and Beauty. The Academy has a proud history as a private training provider in the complimentary health sector for the last eighteen years.
One of my core beliefs at The Academy concerns training standards. I believe there is a real need to further raise and develop credibility in our industry, so that more clients can benefit from high professional standards. We can contribute to this by sharing our knowledge and working experiences with each other. This is the main drive behind my weekly evening groups; Supporting and Training Therapists (SATT groups).
The tutors that work with me here at the Academy share their wealth of experience in the classroom to empower their students to become exceptional therapists in your chosen fields
I trained as a Massage and Sports Therapist in 2000 and have been developing my private practice from my home just outside Northleach in the Cotswolds ever since. In 2006 I completed my Certificate in Further Education Teaching (CFET1) and I have been teaching Sports and Remedial Massage BTEC level 4 here at the Academy. I have a background of working with young troubled people and their families in a therapeutic setting, both as key worker and as a manager and supervising and training staff.
Claire Rumney – Operations Manager
I originally qualified with an ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage here at The Cotswold Academy in June 2008. Whilst working toward my ITEC Diploma I studied towards my BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage completing this in July 2008. On completion of these two courses I established my own clinic in Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire. I have recently relocated to Wiltshire and have become involved as the Operations Manager here at the Academy. I bring enthusiasm and a knowledge of the Health, Beauty and Teaching industry to the Academy and have a passion for developing businesses and supporting students.
Debbie Tate – Tutor
As a fully qualified beauty therapist, assessor and lecturer I have successfully run my own Beauty Therapy business for over twenty five years. I bring a great deal of skill and knowledge to the Academy and I am proud to be working as part of a team of dedicated professionals. I have previously taught VTCT qualifications but since joining the Academy in 2010 I have gained considerable experience in teaching the fast track ITEC course in Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty. I have worked with students with varying abilities and I am pleased to say that together we have always achieved good results.
I am also an accredited life coach, energy healer and crystal therapist and I am very interested in alternative therapies of the mind and body. I am enthusiastic and committed to providing high standards and I strive to give the very best to my colleagues and students alike.
Annette Stoker – Tutor
I have been involved with Complementary Therapies Industry for a number of years and have been teaching for the past four years. I have a teaching degree in post compulsory education (Cert Ed) and ITEC qualified in all the subjects I teach. Having worked in prestigious spas and run my own practice, I am confident that as a passionate and committed member of the team I can inspire, enthuse and provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a highly sought after therapist in your chosen field.
Yvonne Lockhart – Tutor
After completing diplomas in Massage Therapy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Indian Head Massage in 1999, I spent 5 years in a managerial role working on board Carnival Cruise Lines and then as a spa trainer at a 5 star hotel in the Cotswolds. I now run my own successful practise dedicated to using only organic products and treatments and since taking up teaching in 2007, it has become my passion to give therapists the proper tools to exel in the field of holistic therapy.
I bring to the college a wealth of knowledge of working at all levels within the spa industry and excelling as a therapist, manager and trainer. I am dedicated to providing my students with the highest level of education and knowledge needed to become a confident highly skilled professional.