Julie Martin

Founder & Director

B/Th Dip NZ, Confederation [Eng], ITEC [Eng], Counselling Dip


Julie Martin is a qualified Beauty Therapist Electrologist / Thermologist. She has worked in all sectors of the beauty industry since 1983. 

During her 37 years as a practising registered beauty therapist, electrologist / thermologist, Julie had the opportunity to tutor, been technical adviser, mentor and a trouble-shooter for businesses. Julie has also judged industry awards and had four very successful clinics of her own. 

In 2014 she was invited on to the Executive Committee of the N.Z Association of Registered Beauty Professionals. Julie's role was Complaints Officer and Liaison Officer to Councils and Government agencies.

As a complaints officer, Julie has represented industry at council workshops, mediated complaint resolutions, written reports for Health Boards, Disputes Tribunal, Health and Disabilities Commission and appeared as an expert witness in civil court cases. 

Julie has also authored Health and Hygiene Guidelines for industry, Code of Ethics and written numerous article for the beauty industry’s magazine and assisted many therapists with various hygiene issues and general advise. 

As a practising therapist, Julie has experienced and witnessed the good and bad sides of the beauty industry. Over the years Julie has observed the decline of standards in this unregulated industry and experienced the lack of support, advice and advocacy for therapists. 

Julie believes that to create a healthier industry that strengthens the integrity and identity of the beauty profession, supports and advocate best practice for her colleagues, then changes need to be implemented to reflect those needs. With support and encouragement of other like-minded professionals, Julie decided to initiate the New Zealand Board of Professional Skin Therapies.

Shannen Wagstaff

Treasurer / Legal Secretary

B/Th Cert NZ, INM Int. Cert., NZQA L4 Business, NZQA L6 Dip Legal Executive

As an internationally qualified Nail Technician, with a certificate in Beauty Therapy and a Legal Executive Diploma, I have been involved in the skin therapy industry since I was 6 years old. Being part of a family of nail technicians, I feel it’s in my blood. So, after qualifying in 2011, I continued to develop my skills.   
Over the years I am amazed at how the nail industry has evolved from simple manicures and pedicures to an incredible art form.  Unfortunately, with it has come the reputation of severe bacterial and fungal infections, incorrect applications using poor quality products and incorrect techniques. This has contributed to making our industry one of the most widely reported professions in the media, but for all the wrong reasons. As a young millennial Beauty Therapist and Nail Technician I know that it is up to qualified therapists and nail technicians like myself to help improve and advocate for change. I applied to NZBPST to help become an active voice on their governance committee so I could engage with industry and support others and to advocate on their behalf. With my legal skills and industry knowledge, I am excited to be part of an organisation of like-minded people who share the same values and vision.


Elaine Thompson

Membership Benefits


Elaine Thompson is a qualified Beauty Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher and Atua Practitioner. She has worked in both the UK and NZ and had the opportunity to teach with The International Dermal Institute as well as advise to Salons and Salon Owners. 

During her career in the UK, Elaine had the opportunity to set up and manage two Spa’s for The Virgin Group alongside Sir Richard Branson, as well as work at one of the Elite Health Farms in the North of England. 

Since arriving in NZ in 2002 Elaine has also been the face of and the Presenter for an Organic Skin Care Range. Her experience includes a long history of Sales, Recruitment and Relationship Management, Elaine advocates authenticity in her work. She prides herself on building lasting relationships. Elaine is honoured to have been selected to be on the Committee for NZBPST, bringing skills to support and develop professionalism.


Leesa Roy


NZIEBT Dip Beauty Therapy (Merit),  NZIEBT Diploma Electrolysis (Merit),  CIBTAC Diploma in Aesthetic Treatments, CIBTAC Diploma in Blend Epilation (Honours), CIDESCO Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Leesa Roy is a highly experienced skin therapist specialising in complex skin conditions. She is a qualified beauty therapist with post graduate studies in Anti-Ageing Medicine, Advanced Skin Analysis, and massage. 

Leesa also has her Master of Philosophy in Development Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts. 

With experience as a strategic communications advisor, Leesa brings to the role her communications skills, as well as her strategy and planning background.