How does it sound to learn from the most incredible beauty entrepreneurs and leaders in our industry? Our French Luminary Program brings together the brightest minds and experts in our industry to share their wisdom and insights with you. This is just one of the amazing career advantages and networking opportunities exclusive for French Students…
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Edwina McCann has been the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia since 2012. In 2018 she was also appointed Editorial Director of the Conde Nast brands in Australia, encompassing Vogue, Vogue Living and GQ.

Edwina’s career in media spans senior editorships with publications such as The Australian and Harper’s Bazaar Australia, where she was Editor-in-Chief.

In 2015 Edwina topped B&T’s list of 30 Most Powerful Women in Australian Media. She joined the UTS Business School Advisory Board in 2014 and in 2017 was announced as a board member for The Australian Ballet and chair of The Australian Ballet Foundation Board.

In addition to her role with the Westpac Scholars Trust,  Edwina is co-chair to the Australian Fashion Council and is a council member of Australia’s Nation Brand Advisory Council.

Mirielle Guillnao

Internationally best-selling author, former CEO and President of Clicquot, Inc. (LVMH) and long time spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot, Mireille Guiliano (Meer-ray Julie-ano) is recognized as “an ambassador of France and its art of living,” by the French daily Le Figaro, USA Today further dubbed her “the high priestess of French lady wisdom.”

Her book, French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure was number 1 on The New York Times Bestseller list and has been translated into 39 languages. As an expert in positioning and growing ultra-premium brands, she is one of the few women who have reached the top echelon of the wine and spirits as well as luxury goods industry.

A champion of women in business, Mireille also works with groups promoting business opportunities and education for women and frequently presents nationally and internationally on business topics.

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Dr. Claudia Aguirre is a neuroscientist and mind-body expert, specializing in  the connection between the brain and the skin. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA and earned her Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, where she investigated Alzheimer’s and hormonal interactions in the aging brain. In between her studies, she researched molecular mechanisms of schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She has also completed a certificate course on Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change at Loyola Marymount University (LMU).

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Carla spent the first 10 years of her working life as a fashion stylist before turning her attention to beauty writing. But the allure quickly wore off as she became alarmed by the synthetic substances and toxins contained in many commercial beauty products. She began writing about healthier, natural alternatives made from plants and organic foods and wrote her first book,Feeding Your Skin.

By then she was a mother of two small children, who are now teenagers. When her daughter began to experience similar skin issues to the eczema and allergies she herself had experienced as a child, Carla put her family on a gut-healing protocol that included probiotic-rich, lacto-fermented wholefoods. Very quickly Carla noticed a profound difference in her daughter’s skin, as well as the improved well being of the whole family.

When friends and family began asking why her skin looked so glowy’, Carla realised the power of the gut-skin connection and the importance of beauty from the inside out. She began experimenting with lacto-fermenting superfoods in her Bondi Kitchen and this eventually led to the creation of GLOW—The Beauty Chef’s first inner beauty powder.

GLOW, which launched in 2009, was the world’s first living,bio-fermented, probiotic inner beauty product and created a whole new category of ingestible beauty products. In 2020 Carla Released a SUPERCHARGED FORMULA, with even more potency and probiotics, plus new skin-and-gut-loving ingredients.

The Beauty Chef was the first beauty brand to focus on cultivating good gut health for healthy skin–pioneering the philosophy of ‘beauty from the inside out’ and ‘beauty begins in the belly’®. The visionary recognition of the link between balanced microbiome (good gut health) and beautiful skin led Carla being named a “Skincare Innovator” by Net-a-Porter’sThe Edit magazine.

Carla was also a guest speaker at the 2019 WWD Beauty Summit in New York and won the 2017 beauty category at the Instyle & Audi Women of Style Awards in Australia. In 2019,COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost was a JONES Beauty Award winner and SLEEP Inner Beauty Support was named as one of ‘The 7 Best Wellbeing Products of 2018-2019’ by Harper’sBazaar Australia.

Carla’s third book, The Beauty Chef Gut Guide, was a 2020 James Beard Award nominee and includes 90+ delicious recipes and weekly meal plans to help readers heal, weed,seed and feed their gut. The Beauty Chef Cookbook, published in 2017, was also a James Beard Award nominee.

The Beauty Chef range now includes 10 inner beauty products and two outer beauty products. Every product is a blend of organic and natural, nutrient-dense wholefood ingredients with prebiotics and probiotics, all microbiologist-approved to fortify skin on the inside and out.

Carla works on her unique formulas with a team of leading microbiologists, nutritionists and naturopaths, employing cutting-edge research to ensure the efficacy of her existing products and develop innovative new products that will be market leaders.

By raising awareness of the link between beauty and gut health,Carla has shown that beauty really is more than skin deep.

She firmly believes it’s an inside out process.

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Ocea McKenzie has built her career on her love for creating looks in all forms, from natural to glamorous to editorial. With over 15 years in the industry she has made a career in sharing her love for the magic of makeup with her clients across fashion, beauty, celebrity and television.

As the National Education Manager for M.A.C Australia, Ocea is responsible for leading training and educational strategies with her team on all platforms from Artist development to Digital learning. Full of tips, tricks and “M.A.C Hacks” – she is you go-to for technique and product knowledge.

Ocean’s love of creating fun and interesting ways of using colour textures & placement is one of her signature aesthetics. Ocea is passionate about enhancing and celebrating the natural beauty within all her clients and loves to share the road map to achieving this.

TELEVISION: The Voice, Morning Show Channel 7, Make Me A Supermodel, Australia’s Next Top Model (key shoot)
CELEBRITIES: Pip Edwards, Megan Gale , Ladyhawke, Dita Von Teese, Rita
Ora, Paris Forscutt, Collette Dinnigan, Nicole Trunfio, James Morrison, Peter Garrett, Tahynai Tozzi, Peta Wilson
FASHION COLLECTIONS: Australian Fashion weeks: PE Nation Team leader, Life With Bird (key) Diana Von Furstenburg (key) New Generation (key), Swim Wear (Key) The Innovators (key)eDi$count Universe, Ksubi, Ginger & Smart, Romance Was Born, Akira, Alice McCall, Shakkuhachi, Bec & Bridge, Haryono Setiati, Gail Sorronda, Flannel, Nookie, By Jonny, Alice McCall, We are Kindred, Manning Cartel, PE Nation
International Fashion weeks: NZ Jimmy D, Stolen Girlfriends, Huffer, Nom D, Trelise Cooper
Milan: Missoni,( team leader) Fausto Puglisi, Luisa Beccaria, Byblos Milano, Philosiphy, Stella Jean,
Paris: Rick Owens, Aalto, Greta Constantine, Vivienne Westwood, Veronique
Branquinho, Kenzo, Moncler
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Byron Spencer, Gibson Fox, Rene Valie, Steven Popovich,
James Molloy
MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS: Val Garland 20 Year Pro Tour Miami, MTV Awards, ARIA’s, Kanye West Tour, Christina Aguilera Tour, Missy Elliot Tour, Rita Ora Tour
BODY PAINTING EVENTS: NZ Fashion Week opening Event, IMATS, Mecca Opening Launch
LOOK BOOKS: Emma Mullholland, Bec & Bridge, Sass & Bide, Ksubi, Lonely Hearts, Leona Edminston

Dr Naomi

Dr Naomi McCullum, The Manse clinic founder, is a pioneer in the field of non-surgical cosmetic medicine.

Dr Naomi is a qualified cosmetic doctor. She qualified as a Medical Practitioner, and completed her internship at St Vincents Hospital, Darlinghurst.

In 1999, she became one of the early members of the newly founded CPSA (Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia). When the CPSA became a College, (the CPCA) in 2015, Dr Naomi was admitted as a Fellow.

Dr Naomi is also a Fellow of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine. Prior to these non-surgical Societies becoming Colleges, Dr Naomi was examination certified as a Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine of the Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery from 2002-2014.

In her early years, Naomi worked at the leading cosmetic/dermatology clinics in Sydney at the time. Dr Naomi credits  much of her success to the gifted mentors she had at this time (1999-2002). Dr Naomi opened her first cosmetic clinic in Paddington in 2002, which she closed in 2016.

She is working on developing a site in the CBD for use as a second cosmetic clinic.

Dr Naomi opened The Manse Clinic in 2016, and now focuses on her role in management, social media and creating online cosmetic information for The Manse.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, real estate, quality binge TV, fashion, design and hanging out at home with family.
Dr Naomi has held 2 College Board positions in the cosmetic medical industry. She is currently on the Board of CPCA (Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia), and was previously on the Board of ACAM (Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine).

Dr Naomi’s aim is for her social media to become the best information source online for cosmetic medicine, and to lead the way for a new era of transparency in the cosmetic medical industry.

FACAM (Fellow of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine) 2015-current

FCPCA (Fellow of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia) Inaugural 2015-current

Board Member of ACAM (Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine) 2015-2018

Board Member, and PR Officer of CPCA (Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia) 2018-current

Member of CPSA (Cosmetic Physicians Society Australia) 1999-2016 

Christine Hayes

Christine Hays is a pioneer in the spa and wellness world with three decades of experience, spending the greater part of the last decade in Asia. She is an accomplished luxury Spa Development and Operations professional and has been recognised for setting trends in the industry globally. 

Her key responsibilities in the Spa and Wellness industry include : Brand development, annual budgeting, feasibility studies, Operations Management, treatment menu development, training and marketing and holds strong leadership & team development in multi-cultural environments. She has been involved in Spa development throughout India, Indonesia, Egypt, Dubai, Mauritius, USA and Jamaica.

Christine’s focus is on quality service and attention to detail to ensure the ultimate guest experience. She is creative in developing and managing successful health and wellness programmes and is a treatment designer in creating award winning bespoke, indigenous therapies and experiences.

She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Aesthetician and Yoga Instructor and remains a learner, teacher, researcher and a visionary.

Vanessa Maine

Strategist, Mindset Shifter, Innovation Specialist, Brand Developer and Industry Mentor. 

Vanessa is the woman to know in the Australian beauty industry.  She boasts an impressive career as an experienced senior executive, specialising in Commercial Spa Operations and the creation of signature spa brands for hospitality groups. She has worked extensively across Asia Pacific, Australia, Maldives and the Middle East overseeing new spa developments and ensuring that the spa discipline performs commercially within the broader hotel framework. Her focus – to ensure that spa’s deliver a solid return on investment for investors and hotel operators alike.

Throughout her global career, she was recently the Director of Spa Development & Operations for Hilton Worldwide – where she was responsible for Spa Development (new build hotels), Spa Operations (in excess of 60 locations across 16 countries) and Corporate Strategy for the region to deliver sustainable growth, strong commercial returns, brand consistency and integrity.

She is now the Director at The Loft Studio – a company that has been created to deliver sophisticated education and commercial performance strategies to the spa, beauty and wellness industry.  Vanessa’s insights, smarts and wisdom for future therapists is one not to be missed!

Emma Hobson

Emma is a Skin and Body Care Specialist who’s been in the industry for over 30 years. With experience ranging from business owner, Spa Director, College Principle to Corporate Director working in countries across Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. Emma has collected an extensive range of knowledge with a definite Global perspective. In 1993, Emma joined The International Dermal Institute (IDI) and Dermalogica in the UK, the world’s largest & most influential postgraduate education centre for the Professional Skin Therapist. Since 1995 Emma’s been heading up the education department as Director of Education for the Asia Pacific Region out of their office in Sydney. 

Emma’s area of expertise encompasses dynamic business strategies, leadership & team management, a great insight into the future trends of the skin care, wellness/spa industry, all of which have led her to speak on many platforms around the world, including radio and television interviews and invited speaker for national and international industry events. 

As company spokesperson & the ‘go-to expert’ for IDI and Dermalogica, you will see many of Emma’s articles across various media channels. 

Emma’s many accolades include being chosen by Beauty Directory as one of Australia’s ten most influential people in the health and beauty industry today.

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Danielle Featherstone-Price is a trailblazer within the UK beauty industry. With humble beginnings in 1998, she opened her first small business, a nail & beauty bar that gave her a taste of the entrepreneurial innovation to come. Only a short few years later, she developed Lifespa, an award-winning Dermalogica and Elemis day spa. The spa thrived, but still, something was missing… and that something was Strip!

In 2005, partnering with her sister Maria-Lousie Featherstone the first Strip Boutique opened its doors to the UK public. Strip has been in the spotlight for the last decade for revolutionising the beauty industry and the UK’s approach to hair removal. Its unique combination of unparalleled treatments and indulgent lingerie has had editors and celebrities from around the globe caught up in the buzz and lining up for an appointment!

Danielle works tirelessly to push the boundaries at Strip, keeping the company on a path to success, resulting in the rapid growth of 7 boutique locations in key neighbourhoods in London; Notting Hill, Chelsea, Soho, City, Islington, Essex and a concession in Harvey Nichols, Bristol; with still more progression on the books for 2017. Strip was rewarded for such dedication in both 2010 and 2014 with the distinction of Harper’s Bazaar’s esteemed Best Waxing Salon Award.

In addition to the foundation of Strip, Danielle & her sister Maria-Louise are also responsible for the development of Strip Distribution in 2007. Strip Distribution has sole rights to the import and distribution of Lycon Wax, Lycon Spa and South Seas Body Care within the UK and parts of the EU. Thanks to Strip Distribution, Lycon is now a household name in the waxing industry. To complement the product distribution, Danielle & Maria-Louise founded the Strip Training Academy in 2008, accredited by the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists and a leader in hair removal techniques for both qualified and unqualified beauty therapists.

Dr Clara Hurst

Dr Clara Hurst BDS graduated as a dentist from King’s College London Medical and Dental School in 2005. Her interest in cosmetic procedures and facial aesthetics led to further training and study within the field of facial rejuvenation and cosmetic enhancement procedures, including training and working as a cosmetic injector at world renowned Harley Street in London.

Clara has 14 years hands on experience in anti-wrinkle and facial sculpting treatments. As the advances in non-surgical injectable treatments continue, she regularly attends training courses and seminars to keep abreast of the latest techniques, products, procedures and trends.

Clara prides herself in achieving very natural results for her patients and believes that in most cases a conservative treatment approach is the best way to achieve her signature “untouched” and refreshed look.

Clara is co-founder of Australia’s first prescription only skincare range, The Secret. After identifying a gap in the market for a highly effective solution to complex cosmetic solutions, Clara and her business partner Dr Deb Cohen-Jones set about carefully researching a bespoke formula. Containing medical strength ingredients, The Secret range is tailor made for each and every patient to treat their specific skin concerns. Dr Hurst is also a trainer and educator for Dermamedical Australia and trains doctors, dentists and nurses in the latest non-surgical cosmetic enhancement techniques.

Erin is the owner and founder of Clean Beauty Market and a self-confessed beauty junkie, professional Makeup Artist and clean beaty advocate. Since opening Clean Beauty Market in 2017, she has become the leading Australian clean beauty source having appeared in and contributed for publications such as Marie Claire, Elle, WHO, Body & Soul, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Mail, The Gold Coast Bulletin, Cosmopolitan and more. She was featured on Studio 10 and Kochie’s Business Builders as the Entrepreneur in the Spotlight on Channel 7.

Erin is an expert in all things clean beauty having tried and tested hundreds of brands and products ongoing in her quest to find the very best. She has worked as a freelance Makeup Artist for over 15 years and on her journey to transition her professional and personal products to non-toxic, she spent years researching ingredients and brands. Her acquired knowledge and a realisation that the physical and online space she wanted to shop natural beauty in Australia didn’t exist led her to create Clean Beauty Market.

Erin has thoughtfully curated the very best luxury. cruelty-free, high performance and cult clean beauty products which has led to Clean Beauty Market fast becoming Australia’s go-to destination for the best of clean beauty from around the world. Instead of high-end products with unnecessary fillers, cheap or harmful synthetics, Erin favours active, evidence-based and intelligent formulations that go beyond just natural and actually surpass their mainstream equivalents.

Erin is passionate about change within the beauty industry and all women having access to quality clean products and ingredient education. She recently founded Bedside Beauties, a program where volunteers attend state-wide hospitals to deliver workshops and bedside support in the form of mini makeovers to cancer patients at their most vulnerable, in the hopes of restoring dignity and hope and empowering women to make safer beauty choices.


Siobhan Wilkins is the Group Manager of Strategy at Australian luxury skincare company, RATIONALE.

Since joining RATIONALE in 2014, Siobahn has played a critical role in securing the Brand’s exponential growth; guiding and supporting the Team to expand the Flagship portfolio from these locations to 15 luxury doors within Australia.

Siobhan’s career in Sales and Strategy began while completing her studies in Communications at RMIT University in Melbourne, with a part-time job at Australian fashion label Bettina Liano. During a five-year tenure that saw her rise to the position of Multi-State Sales Manager, Siobhan developed an astuteness for sales operations and love for strategy and elevating the client experience, propelling her to pursue a full-time career within high-street retail at The Just Group. As Regional Sales Manager, Siobhan gained a greater understanding of managing a significant portfolio of stores and teams, and the nuances of leadership-at-large.

An unexpected opportunity to move into the beauty industry presented itself through a network connection made early on in Siobhan’s career.

First joining RATIONALE as the Retail Operations Manager, Siobhan stepped up into the role of Group manager of Sales and Marketing before transitioning into her current role. Her ability to recognise challenges as opportunities, be prepared to learn from mistakes, and build relationships based on shared experience and trust has led to where Siobhan is today-preparing to lead the Team into international expansion as part of RATIONALE’s newly-formed partnership with Amorepacific.


Anna Lahey is Vida Glow’s founder and the driving force behind the brand’s commitment to real results from ingestible beauty.  

After experiencing first-hand the power of marine collagen supplementation, in 2014, at the age of 25, Anna launched Vida Glow with her now husband and Vida Glow CEO, Kieran Lahey. 

A first-mover and innovator, Anna’s vision and devotion to tangible results has propelled Vida Glow to become the world’s number one collagen brandAnd that’s just the beginning 


Erin Fraser is a life-long and completely unreformed beauty lover. Having built her twenty+ year marketing career with some of the world’s most acclaimed beauty brands including Tom Ford, Estée Lauder, L’Oreal and Avon, she now runs a boutique marketing agency and co-working space called Blancspace, adding aspiring entrepreneur to her resumé. Influenced by cosmetics and skincare on a day-to-day basis through client work and regular photoshoots, Erin considers the broader definition of beauty, aesthetics, as an integral point of difference in business today.


Kerryn Roberts, has had an illustrious career as a Film & Television Hair & Makeup Artist, having worked with an impressive movie credit list. She has extensive experience and knowledge in makeup and hair and has worked with some of the best in the business. One of the highlights of her career was being part of the team that won the Academy Award for Best Makeup for the films Lord of The Rings – The Fellowship in 2001 and The Lord of the Rings – Return of the King in 2003.

She has worked on many other feature films and television series including Thor Ragnorok, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mulan, Pacific Rim Uprising, San Andreas, Naria, The Last Samurai, The Fellowship, Two Towers and countless more. Other areas of her expertise include editorial and studio shoots and has done world-class photo shoots with Vanity Fair, New Line Cinema in the USA, and many local and interstate magazines in Australia. Kerryn started her makeup career at Revamp Glamour Studio and became the head of makeup and hair in just a few short months. She then went on to build a very successful freelance career and moved into film and television.

She shares her career journey, insight and wisdom for our students on the inner workings of a makeup department on a film set, what it is like to work with world famous celebrities, win an Oscar with her department and her tips on how to build your resume and what it takes to be successful in the Film & TV industry.


Carol is one of Australia’s most dynamic business and community leaders with a diverse career across property, the arts, finance, investment, entrepreneurship, government and health.

Carol has been recognised for her leadership via a range of honours including her 2019 appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia, an Honorary Doctorate from Monash University, induction into the Australia Property Hall of Fame, and a Centenary Medal. Carol was also named one of Australia’s most influential women in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s Inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards and inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll. In November 2020 Carol was recognised with the nation’s highest philanthropic honour, the ‘Leading Philanthropist’ Award by Philanthropy Australia.

Carol has chaired and participated in numerous listed and private company boards, and has also chaired major government boards and conducted significant inquiries on behalf of government. Carol’s current board roles include the Reserve Bank of Australia, EQT Holdings Limited and Qualitas Property Partners.

Throughout her career Carol has been a passionate advocate for women in leadership, particularly in business, politics and the media. As Chair of the Trawalla Foundation and the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, she has catalysed a range of practical solutions, including the Pathways to Politics Program for Women, the Panel Pledge, and the Women for Media database. Carol is also the Founding Chair of Our Community, a member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women’s Leadership Board, and the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership Advisory Board, Kings College.



A collective of our industry’s best and brightest, Beauty’s shining lights. The trail blazers.  the visionaries and leaders who inspire others with their innovation and  brilliance.

This handpicked collective, not only understand the ins and outs and the who’s who of our industry like no others, they are passionate about sharing their knowledge and insights with you – the next generation of beauty entrepreneurs!

The power of networks and connections is vital in the establishment and ongoing success of your career and these individuals champion the sharing of knowledge and networks between women and have first hand witnessed how this can positively influence the direction of a woman’s life and achievement of her goals…

A collective of the most highly respected beauty professionals share their wisdom, insights and career advice

We are passionate about not just providing you with world-class beauty education and training, but connecting you with industry’s best and brightest and providing you with global employment outcomes.

To keep you connected during Covid-19 and to continue to give you a cutting-edge educational experience like no other, our vision is to bring incredible beauty entrepreneurs and leaders in our industry directly to you! A collective of the most highly respected beauty professionals who will share their wisdom, insights and career advice with you and fuel your fire to achieve your highest beauty career potential.

These incredible Luminaries will inspire you, motivate you, and will have you confident in your direction in our billion dollar Beauty industry.