Meet the Team

Your friendly team of professionals here at DBTA.


Neeta Deshpande

Neeta Deshpande

Managing Director

I am the Managing Director of Diamond Beauty Training Academy in Hertfordshire and the owner of Safi Laila cosmetics. I have been over 29 years experience within the Beauty Industry and have worked in spas including Champneys Flagship spa in Tring, in television (X-Factor, This Morning) and in various Salons. I have been teaching beauty for over 24 years in colleges (London College of Fashion, Oaklands, Hertford Regional College and North Herts College), for Product Houses (Salon System, OPI) and for private individuals in and around the UK. My passion has always been to help others and watch others succeed.

Jennie Richardson

Jennie Richardson

Trainer / Therapist / Administrator

Jennie is a happily married mum of 2 who manages all the Administrative side of DBTA. Jennie is a fully qualified Massage therapist and nail technician. Jennie has been in the beauty industry for 4 years and is also one of the official UK trainers for Lava Shells.

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

Senior Trainer

Kathryn has been with Diamond Beauty Training Academy for almost 2 years. Kathryn is an experienced Level 2 & 3 Beauty Therapy Lecturer, Assessor and IQA. She specialises in Anatomy and Physiology. She has a passion for teaching and brings 17 years of industry experience to the role. Kathryn has taught in various academies and worked in many award winning salons as a therapist.

Aida Thomas

Aida Thomas

Senior Lash Tutor

Aida has been a Lash Technician for 3 years. She is our Head Lash Trainer and also teaches Level 2 Beauty. Aida loves making her clients feel good and enjoys spending time getting to know them, but the best reward in this industry is to see her clients leaving with a big smile.

Laura Sentance

Laura Sentance

Trainer / Therapist

Laura has been a qualified Beauty Therapist for 20 years. After qualifying she worked for 10 years as a therapist mainly in central London before deciding to go into the teaching side of beauty. Laura became a trainer for Caci International which gave her lots of teaching experience and allowed her to travel all over the country and abroad to train spas and salons in their Caci systems. Laura loves teaching the holistic side of beauty, especially facials. Out of work Laura is a busy mum to 2 little girls.

Rachael Allen

Rachael Allen

Trainer / Therapist

I'm Rachel Allen and I live in a beautiful Hertfordshire village with my two fabulous children and my golden retriever dog 'Buddy'. I was a live in and live out private nanny on leaving education, then became a Montessori teacher at a preparatory school in North London. I then managed private nurseries as a manager until leaving to have my own children. Soon after I studied baby massage, baby yoga and pregnancy yoga and became a teacher in these areas. I now am a qualified massage therapist and offer Swedish, Indian head massage, hot stones pre- blend aromatherapy massage, lava shell, pregnancy and post natal massage.

Kate Garratt

Kate Garratt

Trainer

Kate has been in the hair and beauty industry for over 19 years and has a wealth of experience. This includes winning various industry awards, working at Champneys in Leicestershire, opening her first salon in Royal Leamington Spa and now has a successful high Street Beauty salon and accredited training Academy in the historic town of Warwick. Kate is keen to pass on her experiences to new and already qualified therapist's and has a passion for this through her teaching.

Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Trainer

Helen is a Beauty, Massage and Holistic therapist with over 20 years' experience in the luxury hotel spa industry. She has worked for Champneys, Tring, Sequoia Spa at The Grove Hotel and The Spa at Luton Hoo, where she has treated many VIP's and celebrities at these renowned establishments. During her career Helen has studied many Beauty, Massage and Complementary Therapies and has trained with numerous leading Beauty, Spa and Nail product houses. Helen's qualifications include CIDESCO International Aesthetics Diploma, IHBC Beauty Diploma, ITEC Anatomy, Physiology and Body Massage, IIHHT Reflexology and Aromatherapy. Helen is also a qualified teacher and assessor for over 12 years and currently works for an exclusive Australian spa brand as an international spa trainer, teaching in some of the most iconic 5 star luxury spas around the world. Also with DBTA and Lava Shells trainer of course!

Sally Peterson

Sally Peterson

Media Makeup Tutor

With over 20 years' experience, Sally has the natural ability to enhance and accentuating a woman's natural beauty through her make up application. Her work has graced numerous magazines covers such as O.K, Hello, Closer, Heat as well as the high end glossy magazines. Her work has taken her through various major TV shows and Campaigns around the world. Sally's experience has gained trust with various celebrities such as Sienna miller, Ecclestone sisters, Katie Price to name just a few, for their red-carpet events. As well as being responsible for reintroducing Smokey eyes back to the UK. Sally has learnt "Great makeup gives you that confidence you need". Now she would like to share her makeup secrets with all you budding makeup artists. So, you too can create the perfect look using a variety of techniques that Sally has used over her years of being in the industry. Learn the ability how to get that look to be camera ready for your next major photoshoot or movie.