BABTAC and CIBTAC Council
As not-for-profit companies, BABTAC and CIBTAC are managed by a Council of duly elected members who delegate the day-to-day management of both companies to a team of highly skilled staff based at our head office in Gloucester.
Lesley Blair - Chair & CEO
Lesley Blair took over the position of Chair at BABTAC & CIBTAC in 2018 after a six-year stint on the council prior to that.
Holding qualifications from CIBTAC, ITEC, IHBC and City & Guilds including Level 4 Advanced modalities, she also holds both teaching, assessor and expert witness qualifications and achieved a First-Class Honours Degree in Finance in 2010. She is also an accomplished CIBTAC examiner with 26 years’ experience.
Since becoming Chair, Ayrshire-based Lesley has worked tirelessly to ensure the values and objectives of both these prominent not for profit organisations continue to be maintained, ensuring our industry continually raise the level of professionalism while championing fit for purpose qualifications.
Lesley also sits on the Cosmetics Informed and Empowered Public Sub-Group - part of the Scottish Government's Interventions, JCCP Register & Stakeholder Group & JCCP Stakeholder Council Steering Group; contributes to the Aesthetics APPG; was part of the steering group of the advanced qualifications NOS (Level 4 – 6); the Advisory Panel of The Safety in Beauty Campaign and the HABIC Executive Council (Ireland).
Through the pandemic she has worked tirelessly on government taskforces and inclusively with colleagues, industry bodies, competitors and media alike for the greater good of the industry. As a direct result BABTAC were appointed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industry Strategy (BEIS) as a part of the safer workplace Covid task force which subsequently resulted in the formation of the first recognised Sector Body for Personal Care Services within government. Lesley also recently got appointed personally by Caroline Hirons for her Beauty Backed Trust.
Relentless and passionate in her desire to educate those in and out of the industry on the best practices in beauty, Lesley also provides comment for relevant articles, press appearances, TV & radio interviews and expert witness work.
Lynn Kimpton - Vice Chair
Lynn has over 30 years’ experience in the industry, with the majority spent teaching in further and higher education in both the private and public sector.
She has been a CIBTAC examiner for over 20 years, is qualified in Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Nail Technology, and currently owns a salon in Cornwall.
Lynn is passionate about raising standards and has supported Team UK as a performance coach and team leader, working towards Worldskills International competitions.
Jason Phillips - Past Chair
Jason is past chair as of December 2017.
The former IT professional turned intimate waxer set up his UK-based business - The Back and Beyond - in 2009. His mission is to deliver the most professional and comfortable specialist waxing treatments available. Jason is passionate about encouraging men to see the beauty industry as a worthwhile career choice, raising industry standards and ensuring that practitioners receive the recognition their professionalism deserves.
John Lomer - Financial Director/Company Secretary
John is an accountant with wide experience in industry and corporate finance. He trained with KPMG in London and was formerly group finance director of Finsbury Food Group PLC and previously finance director at Marlborough Stirling Group PLC. He is chairman of a metals business in the West Midlands and has interests in telecoms, IT and manufacturing.
Diane Hey - Director
Diane founded Armonia Health & Beauty and Armonia Training Academy, in 2000. She has over 34 years’ experience in the Sector, as a therapist, employer, educator, quality lead Beauty awards judge and Consultant. She has a passion for maintaining and raising standards and standards development to support employers and future therapists. Diane actively contributes to the new suite of developments and education reforms, holding a number of advisory roles specialising in standard setting alongside roles with Government Office, she is also the appointed Chair of the National Occupational Standards reviews for the Sector.
Susan Routledge - Co-opted Board Member
Susan first entered the Beauty Industry at the age of 16 when she embarked on a 4-year training in Hair & Beauty Therapy. Her passion for the Beauty Industry has un-waivered, with continued learning to stay ahead in business, demonstrating how diverse a career path in our industry can be. Over the years Susan has become a long-standing trusted industry standards advisor, has taught beauty therapy, owned a training academy and won over 12 National Business awards. Her Beauty Clinic is now the largest independent beauty salon in the North East and is she is also the owner of a Medical Aesthetic Practice, an International Business Consultant & Speaker, Awards Judge and Successful Author. Susan also works closely with salon owners across the UK and beyond, to help them to maximise their business and personal goals via her consultancy.
Sara Shoemark - Co-opted Board Member
Sara began her career in the late 80s qualifying in the CIDESCO and CIBTAC Diploma, in 1990 she also completed a teacher training course. She now has 3 salons employing 25 therapists and has become a City and Guilds accredited training centre. Her salon has achieved many national accolades and awards including UK’s Most Inspiring Salon as voted by Professional Beauty readers. Sara works with new and under achieving salons, supporting them to achieve their own potential. She enjoys speaking at conferences, working with local colleges and judging Beauty Awards and has also collaborated with Tesco on a small budget range of body products which were available in 400 Tesco Stores Nationwide. Sara never wants to stop learning and feels fortunate to have met many inspiring and wonderful people in an industry that she adores.
Members can view the company documents anytime by signing in using their membership number and password, these include notice of AGM, details of accounts and the rules and code of ethics to which members must abide. AGM documentation is also available to members at all times.
We are always looking for more members to get involved in BABTAC and CIBTAC by becoming advisors to the Council, expert spokespeople, or contributing to our magazine - Vitality. If you’d like to become more involved in BABTAC and CIBTAC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the marketing team on 01452 623110 (option 2).