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  • Meet the Board

Founded and Run by Industry Professionals 

Established in 1977, CIBTAC was created from an identified need to provide relevant, high-quality training within the beauty, complementary & spa industry. We were founded, and continue to be run by, passionate industry professionals.

Lesley Blair - Chair

Lesley joined the Council in 2012, having been a CIBTAC Examiner for 17 years, and is passionate about high standards and qualifications. Lesley became chair in December 2017. 

Lesley is qualified in all aspects of beauty therapy, holding qualifications from CIBTAC, ITEC, IHDC and City and Guilds.  As well as running her own salon, Lesley has teaching and assessor qualifications, and continues to spend time as a CIBTAC Examiner. She loves the opportunity to travel and meet new people, learning about their cultures and seeing how the beauty industry operates around the world.

Lesley’s priorities for her term on Council are to help students recognise the importance of world-class qualifications, and for our organisations to be leading the call for self-regulation in the UK.

Lesley sits on the Cosmetics Informed and Empowered Public Sub-Group, part of the Scottish Government's Interventions Expert Group, which was set up following the Keogh Review, and mirrors the work being carried out by Health Education England. Read more about the HEE report here.


Lynn Kimpton - Vice Chair

Lynn has over 30 years’ experience in the industry, with the majority spent teaching in further and higher education in both the private and public sector in the UK.

She has been a CIBTAC examiner for 19 years, is qualified in beauty, complementary therapies and nail technology, and currently owns a salon in Cornwall, UK.

Lynn is passionate about raising standards and has  supported Team UK as a performance coach and team leader, working towards Worldskills International competitions.


John Lomer - Financial Director

John is an accountant with wide experience in industry and corporate finance.

He trained with KPMG in London and was formerly group finance director of Finsbury Food Group PLC and previously finance director at Marlborough Stirling Group PLC.

John is chairman of a metals business in the West Midlands, UK and has interests in telecoms, IT and manufacturing.


Tony Duffin - Company Secretary

Tony is a professional member of the Council, and was appointed as Company Secretary in February 2012.

Tony is a former Chartered Accountant, and has extensive insurance experience. His priorities are to ensure that BABTAC and CIBTAC meet their legal and regulatory responsibilities.


Jason Philips - Past Chair

Jason is past chair as of December 2017.

The former IT professional turned intimate male waxer set up his UK-based business - The Back and Beyond - in 2009. His mission is to deliver the most professional and comfortable specialist waxing treatments available.

Jason is passionate about encouraging men to see the beauty industry as a worthwhile career choice, raising industry standards and ensuring that practitioners receive the recognition their professionalism deserves.


Sam Pearce - Co-opted Board Member

Entrepreneur Sam is the founder and owner of award winning Potting Shed Spa. She is the winner of 23 industry and non-industry awards for the Potting Shed alone, securing a total of 40 awards during her career. Sam has worked in the beauty industry for 18 years and continually strives for excellence and standards of service.

Sam regularly contributes to industry events, such as speaking and writing for industry magazines, is an industry judge, and been featured in national TV programmes. Sam also has a wealth of knowledge within the health and beauty sector.