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Our Team

As Director of a successful Training Academy, I can identify that our professional lives are filled with challenges, highlights, hard work and ultimately, rewards.

Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Make-up Artistry as careers have expanded at an immensely fast pace in Australia over the past few years, and continue to be recognised as a career and industry with a dynamic future. This is something SCA is exceptionally passionate about and proud to be a part of.

Employers and salon owners are demanding mature and confident graduates who are knowledgeable and skilled in customer service as well as demonstrating superior foundation knowledge and practical skills. SCA Hair & Beauty Academy work hard with each individual student to achieve this.

We wish you every success and invite you into SCA to experience our world, and the possibilities we can provide for you.

SCA Academy Director
Tina McGirr

Beauty Educators

Virginia Kettley

Having worked in the beauty industry for over 20 years, Virginia now has the opportunity to pass on her knowledge and experience to our students so they can succeed in this exciting and ever-changing industry. Virginia is a qualified Beauty Therapist, Nail Technician and qualified Trainer and Assessor. Virginia has been working as an SCA Educator for the past 11 years. In this time, Virginia has had the pleasure of working as part as a growing team that is focused on providing a high level of professional education and training.

Valerie Wood

Val has been a Beauty Therapist for the past 28 years. In that time, Val has worked in a busy salons, owned her own successful salon and had years of teaching experience. Val loves being a part of the SCA team of professional, enthusiastic Trainers and Assessors who are all passionate about the ever-changing beauty industry. Val endeavours to provide students with the knowledge and experience to enter into a challenging yet extremely rewarding career. Val obtains immense satisfaction from working with the students, whose achievements at the end of the course makes us all feel proud and privileged to have been part of their journey. Val is a Diploma qualified Beauty Therapist and qualified Trainer and Assessor.

Taryn Gunning

Taryn has been working in the beauty industry for the past 13 years and is a Diploma qualified Beauty Therapist and qualified Trainer and Assessor. Working in the beauty industry has offered Taryn many different opportunities and career paths that has lead her to work at SCA Hair & Beauty Academy. Taryn has been teaching for the past 2 years at SCA and has had the chance to share her experience and knowledge with a fantastic team of like-minded professionals and students.

Maree Meaker

Maree has been working in the beauty Industry for 9 years with industry experience working in Spa’s which include iKOU award winning luxury spa, the Fairmont Resort and Spa (Blue Mountains), Ibah Day Spa (Austinmer) and Spa Seminyahn (Port Kembla). Maree has also had experience in laser clinics and corrective skin procedures.
Maree has a passion for the ritualistic side of Spa therapies and thoroughly enjoys bringing this enthusiasm and knowledge to students within a class room setting.

Hairdressing Educators

Emma Clayton

Emma has been working in the Hairdressing Industry for over 25 years and has extensive experience gained from working with key industry leaders. Emma has worked in a variety of Hairdressing positions including Hair Stylist, Salon Owner, Technical Trainer & Sales rep for leading hair brands and has completed the Three Six Five Salon Management Programme. One of Emma’s career highlights was working overseas in a leading London salon.

Emma has been a Hairdressing Trainer & Assessor for 9 years and has been with the Academy since the introduction of hairdressing and barbering courses. Emma loves watching students develop their skills and evolve into competent stylists. Emma is very passionate about the hair industry and believes that we need to continually educate ourselves to remain current in the ever-changing world of hair. Emma is firm believer that education and training is key.

Emma has a Certificate III and IV in Hairdressing, Diploma of Salon Management as well as post-trade commercial men’s barbering skills and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Craig Stone

Craig has dreamt of working with the best in the industry and has achieved this at a relatively young age. Craig is a qualified Certificate III Hairdresser and Trainer and Assessor. Craig loves to educate and share his passion for all things hair. Craig is excited to be apart of SCA Hair and Beauty Academy and teaching the new generations of hairdressers. Craig owns and operates his own successful salon based in Wollongong CBD.

Barbering Educator

Blayne Cull

Blayne is a qualified Hairdresser and Barber with multiple years in the industry. Blayne owns and manages his own Barber salon in the Wollongong CBD. He specialises in mens cutting and grooming with our Barbering students at the Academy.

Make-Up Educators

Renee De Bono

Known in the industry for her attention to detail, Renee is passionate about enhancing beauty and creating stunning works of art.  Regularly collaborating with a wide range of talented photographers, International designers and high profile clients, Renee’s makeup experience stretches from commercial advertising campaigns to bridal and theatrical makeup.  Whether it is working backstage on a parade, on location for a fashion shoot or in a studio, her regular exposure to production gives Renee an understanding of the entire team work flow and able to adjust to the circumstances required in not only meeting, but exceeding creative briefs.

Credits include makeup crew for feature film ‘The Wolverine’,  2 seasons of ‘Pacha’ stage performances at the Ivy in Sydney and featured work on award winning, published high art photographs.

Helping students develop themselves as artists and eventually gaining employment in the industry is Renee’s goal and brings her immeasurable satisfaction as a trainer. Renee offers her passion and over 10 years of industry knowledge to share with our students on their exciting and rewarding chosen career path. Renee is a Diploma qualified make-up artist and qualified Trainer and Assessor.


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