Meet the Team
All of our team members are qualified, highly trained, friendly and caring individuals who delight in giving you the best possible care.
Valerie Simpson - Founder of FAB Group
My background as an aesthetician has been a long journey of some thirty years, which includes the launch of The Face and Body Shop in 1997. We have since rebranded to the FAB Salon and our business has grown from a team of three to a team of twenty plus.
As the market trends changed I felt the need to progress and expand the business model, hence the launch of the FAB Clinic in 2014 www.thefabclinic.co.uk.
After 22 years of leading The Fab Group, I am now taking a well deserved step back! Leaving Lisa and Lucy to head the business and take it to another level.
I am always here if you have any questions and I hope you enjoy the ongoing journey.
Lisa McGuinness – Managing Director
I joined the FAB group in 2003 after a career change from the film production industry. Starting at the salon as a receptionist I enjoyed liaising and building customer service skills with clients so much I decided to train in therapy and started in-house training towards beauty therapy. Fast track training of NVQ 2 + 3 gave me a confident start into treatment therapy.
As a manager I continued developing treatment and product knowledge with Clarins, Guinot, Medik8 + Obagi Medical. I also trained with Candela in Laser Hair Removal, Skin Rejuvenation, Sublime, Sublative and Acne treatments.
I progressed to become the Managing Director dealing with all HR matters and organising all forms of training, appraisals, promotions, marketing and social media matters.
If you would like to make a suggestion or comment, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am always here to help, whatever the query. I look forward to welcoming you to our FABulous Salon & Clinic.
Karen Schofield - Reception Manager
I joined The FAB Salon on March the 4th 1997, the first day the salon opened. I started my post running reception part-time and over the years with training and support I now hold a fulltime role, my position now is Senior Manager. I have undertaken extensive training in both Guinot and Clarins products and services and I feel I have a lot of knowledge in both brands enabling me to give professional advice to all of our clients. In 1999 I was privileged to be awarded 'M.E.N. Receptionist of the Year', an accolade I will always be proud of. I continue to develop my skills with ongoing training with all of our brands and treatments.
I love all aspects of my job but particularly I like dealing directly with the clients, offering the best customer service and advise that I can. There is never a dull moment on reception, I really enjoy the team spirit with my colleagues and the friendly banter with our customers. I am also willing to go that extra mile to keep everyone happy.
Outside of work I enjoy walking and travelling both here in Saddleworth and abroad with my sister and also spending time with my family and friends. We also have a dog called Amber who I walk regularly, this keeps me fit and young along with all the lovely treatments I have at the salon!
Julie Jones – Reception Manager
I joined The FAB Salon in 2008 and since joining I have had the pleasure of working alongside a very professional group of people, who work together to provide exceptional customer service and the best expert advice on all the products and services we offer.
I started my career working part-time on reception, I am now almost full time having been promoted to Manager. No day is the same on the busy reception and I take pride in helping my colleagues and clients alike. I like to treat every client like I also want to be treated, with a smile, efficiency and friendliness.
I feel that the smooth running of the salon reception at The FAB Salon enables our customers to have a great experience with us.
After work I enjoy walking and spending time with my family.
Danielle Blackburn – Head Therapist / Assistant Manager Reception
In April 2013 I returned to The FAB Salon as a Senior Therapist / Receptionist. Prior to this I began my training here as a Junior Therapist and went on to work elsewhere to further my career and skills.
In the time away I worked for Clarins at John Lewis in Cheadle as a Skin Spa Therapist were I performed Clarins specialist treatments, which I now continue to carry out in the Salon. From there I went to Leeds and worked for Liz Earle as a facial therapist and skincare specialist.
In 2012 I decided to return to part-time education and completed by certificate of education at Chester University. During this time I also taught students at Tameside College where I gained valuable experience in both training and assessing learners.
Pamela Norcross – Head Therapist
After qualifying in 1983 as a Beauty Therapist, I furthered my skills by gaining a teaching certificate and undergoing training with Guinot, Clarins and also Caci amongst others. I have gained valuable experience both in the development of customer care, service and treatment.
Working as a Head Therapist for the last seventeen years at The FAB Salon is not only testament to the fact of how much I enjoy my job, but also what a professional and at the same time, friendly salon it is. We all work very closely together helping and guiding the new therapists at the salon. I as one of the Head therapist is responsible for all in house training with our apprentices, I get great joy and satisfaction imparting my knowledge to our young team, I love all aspects of my job but if I am honest my painting is not my strength. You will never see me without a smile on my face.
It is important to me that my clients leave the Salon having had a holistic positive experience, which is enhanced by the relaxing ambiance of the Salon. This is both rewarding for myself and my clients.
Joanna Lancashire – Head Therapist
I joined The FAB Salon at the age of fifteen, undertaking work experience training. Once I decided this was the career for me I was honoured to be offered a placement during my three years of training at Oldham college.
In 2003 I qualified as a Beauty Therapist and since this time I have progressed from a Junior Therapist to a Head Therapist.
I enjoy my job and like to make my clients feel welcome and always try to help them with whatever concerns they may have. I am proud of what I do and the high quality of products that we use in the Salon, I have trained extensively during my career with skincare houses such as Clarins, Guinot, Caci and many more. I have recently trained in Laser Hair removal and Skin laser which I undertake at out sister company The FAB clinic. This industry is fast moving and I love the fact that I am constantly re-training and updating my skills and knowledge.
I thoroughly enjoy working alongside my colleagues and being part of a friendly team and I look forward to meeting all the wonderful customers that visit our Salon.
Outside of work I love spending time with my dog.
Julie Jackson – Head Therapist
In 1989 after studying for 3 years full time at Tameside College, I qualified as a Beauty Therapist gaining the C.I.B.T.A.C. Aesthetician Face and Body. I have worked in various salons and other areas of the beauty industry and prior to joining The FAB Salon I was a manager of Spring Spa in Cheshire. I joined the team at the FAB salon in 1997 in a senior role, three children later I am now back working part-time and keeping my sanity as Head Therapist.
I am very proud to have been awarded the Guinot Therapist of the year in 2000.
Over the years my talents have naturally progressed into skincare and electrolysis, including advance electrolysis treatments such as skin tag and red vein removal, so it comes as no surprise to me that I am really excited to commence our new clinic treatments, including laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing and tightening. This is modern skincare at its best, using technology that can really problem solve. I really look forward to using these treatments in helping my clients overcome their concerns.
When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Lindsay Ogden – Head Therapist / Salon Manager
I have worked at The FAB Salon for since 2001 and currently hold the position of Head Therapist. I was headhunted from a prestigious Cheshire clinic, after having managed that for several years. I have also had the opportunity to work overseas in Dubai training other therapists in the art of Laser.
I have 23 years experience within the beauty industry, and one of my greatest career achievements was winning the national title of 'Professional Beauty Therapist of the Year', an accolade I will always be proud of.
My work here involves not only looking after my clients but also nurturing and encouraging all junior members of staff. I am always more than happy to pass on my wealth of experience and professionalism to our apprentices. It is my duty to maintain the efficiency of the salon, making sure everything is in tip top condition; clean, comfortable and relaxing.
I give 100% dedication to all my clients and hope that they go away from the Salon, not only having had a great experience but also with the knowledge that I have passed on to them, how to continue with The FAB Salon skincare routine which is best for them at home. I love all the treatments I do especially facials and electrolysis. I have recently trained in Laser Hair Removal and Laser Skin Rejuvenation and feel this gives me more tools and expertise for my clients.
Outside of work I enjoy my involvement with St Edwards Church and also spending time with my daughter Isabella.
Laura Baron - Head Therapist / Nail Technician
I joine The FAB Salon in 2010 as a nail technician and although nails was what brought me into the industry I was keen to extend my skills by undertaking further training. So I went on to gain my NVQ 3 Beauty Therapy, and I can now offer a complete range of treatments and services.
I have been lucky enough to extend my skills with international travel, working in Australia for a year developing new techniques and using a wide range or products and brands.
Nails are still the best part of my job, I love the precision and artistry of the work and the fact that the results are visible to the client all the time and a reminder of the treatment and service they have had.
Sophie Kilduff - Head Therapist
I have 9 years experience within the beauty industry having trained at Huddersfield University College. Before joining the salon I have worked in several other beauty salons and spas and undertook a variety of different training courses for products and treatments over the years. Which include Decleor, Espa Clarins and Guinot, this enables me to not only perform enjoyable treatments to all of my clients, but allows me to deliver professional knowledge.
I have been at The FAB Salon now for over two years and I particularly like massage and facial treatments which I also find very relaxing. Working with the team at The FAB Salon gives me a lot of job satisfaction, it is not only professional, but is also very friendly. My strength is my compassion and also my ability to get on with my clients and peers alike. I especially like to make my clients look and feel at their best.
When I have time to chill I like reading and travel, and of course shopping...
Nicola Nicolson - Head Therapist
My name is Nicola and I have worked in the beauty industry for over twenty-five years. I am a highly qualified and experienced therapist, with various qualifications and training in my chosen career.
During my time as a therapist I have veered towards the holistic treatments, I specialise in Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Hopi Ear Candles, I feel my strengths are empathy and care with all my clients although I do enjoy the variety of treatments that I undertake.
I have been at the FAB salon now for a number of years and working part-time gives me the flexibility to care for my family. I really enjoy helping nurture our junior members of our team and I get along well with all the team at FAB.
In my spare time I enjoy running and visiting the gym, along with spending time with my family and 3 dogs.
Jodie Russell - Head Therapist
I joined The FAB Salon in 2015 as an apprentice NVQ level 2 therapist at Oldham College. I am now qualified and working towards my level 3 at Tameside college, I am almost at the end of the course and hope to go on and complete NVQ level 4.
I really love the industry I work in, and enjoy all aspects of beauty therapy. I really enjoy doing nails and facials and try my best to make every client feel special. I am constantly training in salon with Clarins and Guinot on new treatments and product knowledge, and with my peers in more advanced procedures like LVL lashes and HD brows.
I am friendly and outgoing and always have a tale to tell.
When I am not in work I spend time with my family and friends.
Sian O'Grady - Head Therapist
I joined the FAB Salon in 2017. I have worked in the Beauty industry for over 12 years and specialise in nail services, intimate waxing and lashes. However I enjoy all aspects of my job and am currently working towards my level 3 qualification and hope to develop to a Clinical level in the next 2 years.
I particularly enjoy working at the FAB Salon as all aspects of the business, from our clients to our services and the environment, are our highest priority.
Outside of the Salon I love spending time with my daughter and friends.
Lucy Johnson - Head Therapist
I joined the FAB Salon in 2019 after working for the prestigious Clarins as a Spa Therapist, Spa Manager, Account Manager and National Mobile Therapist in Leeds.
I’ve been trained for 6 Years now and have had some fantastic training and working opportunities for Elemis, Jessica Nails and Bobbi Brown, also.
I joined the industry with a passion for making people feel good and thoroughly enjoy what I do. The FAB Salon is the perfect environment for me to be able to carry out some of my favourite treatments; massage and facials, to a high standard. After visiting the Salon as a client I am very privileged to say I am now a head therapist here.
In my downtime, you will find me with my gorgeous Cockapoo, Ralph or spending time with friends and family.
Emily Andrew - Therapist
I am a qualified Level 2 Beauty Therapist having recently been promoted from junior status. I will be continuing my studies towards Level 3 qualification at Oldham College alongside my position at the Salon. I am also a qualified make-up artist with several years' experience and I am hoping to further my skills working here at FAB.
I am delighted to be working at such a prestigious salon with great colleagues who offer the best support so that I can become a more advanced therapist. My colleagues are so friendly and helpful and it is great to be part of a successful team. I particularly enjoy massage and nail treatments as well as learning the latest treatments and products from Clarins and Guniot.
In my spare time, I enjoy dance and experimenting with theatrical make up.
Lydia Arthurs - Therapist
I joined the FAB Salon in July 2018 to complete my level 2 Beauty Therapy course with Oldham College, which I did in November 2018. I am now working towards my level 3 at Tameside College.
The treatments that I particularly enjoy doing are nails, length/volume/lift for eyelashes, waxing and facials. I strive to make sure all my clients feel comfortable and at ease as soon as I greet them at reception and throughout their treatments.
I wish to develop my skills further and learn more about the Beauty Industry.
When I am not in work I like to spend time with my family and friends and visit the gym.