Helen McGuinness – Centre Principal
“I originally qualified in the mid 80’s and I remain as passionate about the industry today as I did then.
I have always enjoyed teaching and helping people to gain new skills and hope to help more students learn over the coming years.”
Helen McGuinness originally qualified in Beauty Therapy over 30 years ago and still remains as passionate about the industry as she did back in the then.
As well as running her training centre, Helen continues to practice commercially each week with her own clientele.
After gaining her teaching, assessing and verifying qualifications over several years and as well as running her own commercial practice, she also taught at a number of large Further Education colleges in the South of England.
Between 1990 and 1993 her busy work life included being the Southern England external verifier for VTCT, one of the main awarding bodies for beauty and holistic qualifications in the UK today.
In 1992, she opened her own training school (originally called The Holistic Training Centre), which celebrated its 25th birthday in 2017. Since opening her School in 1992, she has seen over 10,000 students pass through her doors !
Due to Helen’s growing reputation in the beauty training industry, she was approached in 1995 by Hodder and Stoughton to write the first of a number of books that went on to become best sellers. That first book was Anatomy & Physiology – therapy basics and it is now in its 4th edition.
Following the success of her first book, Helen was commissioned to write a series of further books, which included Aromatherapy, Facials, Holistic Therapies, Baby Massage and the ever popular Indian Head Massage, currently in its 4th edition.
Alongside her series of best selling books, Helen has also developed a range of over 25 professional training DVDs, that she personally demonstrates and narrates in ‘real time’.
Both her books and DVDs continue to be in demand globally and are used in many colleges under license as part of their learning programmes.
In an executive capacity, Helen has been contracted professionally for Baby Massage teaching in a number of the UK’s PCT’s and has given guest lectures at Hospitals and for Blue Chip companies such as Cunard.
She has lectured overseas, presented at Spa Conferences in both Florida and Las Vegas and worked with a Skin Care company based in New York.
Helen has also presented for HABIA as a member of the Beauty Skills team at Professional Beauty Excel.
Today, Helen remains very much a hands on educator and has students from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas as well as the UK where she is based, come to specifically learn under her expert tutorledge.
Helen’s philosophy has always been to help develop others into competent therapists, and whilst she is a very busy person and much in demand, she always remains a down to earth person who is very approachable and always willing to help her students with their development.
To see her students succeed in their learning and be able to follow a professional career in the industry is what gives Helen most pleasure and has and always will be her drive and passion.