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.

Francie Morgan

Infection Control Nurse Educator


Francie’s career in infection prevention and control spans 30 years in which she has practised as a nurse specialist and consulted in infection prevention and control in various New Zealand healthcare settings, both in public and private sectors.

She is familiar with office-based practices and day clinic centres such as those that exist within the beauty therapy industry. She is a lecturer and advisor for the New Zealand Infection Prevention and Control Masters postgraduate programme. 

Francie has been an invited guest speaker at Beauty Tech conferences. She offers her passion for excellence in upholding best practice for infection prevention and control and is a respected subject-matter expert in her specialty field.

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. 

Karen Clark

Education & Regulations

ITEC Diploma in Nail Technology, INM Educator, NZQA L5 Certificate in Adult Education, CBAFF Customs Broker

As a nail technician of over 35 years, leading management roles in the transport and logistics sector, my latest roles as Managing Director of NAILX Beauty Supplies and Nail Prodigy has been one of the most interesting, challenging and fulfilling. Being an importer and distributor of cosmetic nail products, there are many laws and regulations I must follow to ensure the safety of both myself, my staff, my premises (a hazardous substance location) the public, as well as the nail technician and their clients.

Throughout my life, I have continued to learn, gaining inspiration, knowledge and skills from educators, colleagues, fellow technicians and my students. I have taught the NZQA L4 qualification in Nail Technology, gained my certificate in adult teaching, and love working with others to help them fulfil their potential, goals and dreams. Product application and removal is only a part of being a successful professional. Exceptional customer service, ethics, kindness and respect are as important as understanding running a business, chemistry, health and safety, anatomy & physiology and laws and regulations.

I love our industry. To see a client gain confidence from a service, or seeing a student's confidence grow through knowledge and perfecting their skills.

I am happy to be a part of the NZ Board of Professional Skin Therapies team with wide and diverse skills and knowledge whose goals are to increase opportunities for all therapists and raise industry standards in New Zealand.