About us



True Beauty Ltd started in 2010 with a quaint vintage inspired salon in Wakefield town centre by Elizabeth Speight. With a staff of 3, the salon offered popular treatments and products by Orly, Decleor and Crystal Clear.In September 2013, Liz decided she wanted to take the business in a new direction and recruited manager Chelsy Holland. It was in January 2014 that True Beauty Academy was born offering short intensive day courses accredited by the Britsh Association of Beauty Therapists and Cosmetology or BABTAC. True Beauty Academy offer small, private training facilities with a personal approach to adult beauty. The Academy is easily accessible either by train, car or bus. Our lessons have a relaxed, yet highly professional atmosphere. Our flexible, modern teaching methods are designed to keep up with the rapidly expanding beauty profession. Our staff and tutors are all very friendly and happy to help and assist you towards a stress-free and enjoyable experience. We specialise in teaching short, intensive courses to both the absolute beginners, for those who wish to work for themselves and qualified therapists adding modules to their CVs.

The courses are taught by highly experienced and trained staff who work in the Health and Beauty industry when not teaching. This ensures that our courses are highly relevant and applicable to the industry. Our approach to the Health and Beauty career path ensures that you not only have the practical skills required but also have a thorough understanding of the industry.


In 2015 True Beauty Academy partnered Intuitions Ltd in  delivering NVQ’s and Apprenticeships. Intuitions have an amazing long standing reputation in their hometown of Harrogate and indeed the North Yorkshire district. True Beauty Academy now offer courses accredited and endorsed by BABTAC, The Guild and City and Guilds as well as being a GTI centre.


Why choose us………..

We are highly qualified! Our highly trained educators have years of experience in the industry

We can guide you in the direction you want to go with your Beauty Career whether that be self employed, spas, cruise ships or go into teacher training!

Our courses are accredited by a leading organisation in the industry allowing you to become a fully insured therapist

We won’t leave you! True Beauty offer ongoing support and guidance to all our students regardless of when you completed your course.

Our courses are short intensive day courses theres nothing you will not know about your chosen subject!

SMALL CLASSES – Our class are 6:1 this means more one to one training for you

SALON LED COLLEGE – We listen to what the industry wants thus making sure you are salon ready


FULLY QUALIFIED & EXPERIENCED TUTORS – All our tutors are fully qualified with backgrounds from salons, spas and cruise ships

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME – Catered to you helping to decide which path to take in your career with taster days and guest speakers.

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Chelsy Holland

Director, Beauty Tutor & Skin Camouflage Practitioner

Chelsy originally started her career as a hairdressing apprentice but quickly decided it wasn’t for her and enrolled at Wakefield College’s Whitwood campus in Castleford to do her Level 2 & 3 beauty therapy qualification. It was at Whitwood, Chelsy was entered into the VTCT World Skills competition representing the Wakefield district. Chelsy won the regional finals, travelling to London as a representative of Yorkshire at the finals. After qualifiying as a beauty therapist Chelsy spent some time in London whilst training for the cruise ships with prestigious company Steiner. She went on to work for Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas and during her break worked in Harrogate at a hotel spa. Chelsy returned to sea this time to work for Onboard Spa onboard the Thomson Celebration. She worked her way up from therapist to spa manager but by 2011 Chelsy wanted to return to the UK. She came home and worked for a gold award Clarins & Decleor salon in Wakefield whilst studying for her Certificate in Education and TAQA award at Huddersfield University. Chelsy has worked for Wakefield College, Wakefield Council and our sister college Intuitions in Harrogate but decided it was time to embark on her own adventure opening up a school with True Beauty founder Elzabeth Speight. Having covered most aspects of the beauty industry including salons, spas, cruise ships, makeup and working on photoshoots, Chelsy is keen to inspire the next generation of Beauty Therapist and help guide them on their way!

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Ruth Robinson

Beauty and Media Makeup Tutor

Ruth’s career as a beauty therapist began when she attended Nelson and Colne College, Lancashire to study beauty therapy in 2003. She worked in her first job as beauty therapist specialising in facial peels, microdermabrasion, bridal makeup and intimate waxing. Here she spent four years working her way up to the senior therapist. With a firm passion for makeup Ruth decided to go back into education and train as a makeup artist. She studied for two years and gained a foundation degree in design and media makeup. Ruth since then has worked at fashion shows and short film productions.

Following her makeup career Ruth moved to West Yorkshire and progressed into the spa industry she managed and award winning spa and trained with Espa and Yonka. Here she gained celebrity clients and gave treatments to beauty editors for Marie Claire and Professional Beauty.

After much success the opportunity came along to open her own salon which she successfully ran for three years. Gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience Ruth decided to step into education and training and is now the head trainer for Cryotherapy U.K. as well as True Beauty Academy’s Massage and Media Makeup tutor having started in March 2016.

Ruth is inspired by working with other therapists and people who want to learn and enjoys passing her skills and knowledge onto the future generation of beauty therapists.

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Melissa Wright

Nail Services Tutor

Melissa trained as an apprentice at the Yorkshire College of Beauty, upon qualifying she worked in a salon as a Beauty Therapist carrying out various treatments eventually working her way up to Senior Therapist. After gaining alot of experience and knowledge working with Harmony and CND, Melissa decided she wanted to pass all this information on. In 2014 she completed her PTLS then studied for her Certificate in Education. She began working for True Beauty Academy whilst studying and is currently working towards her TAQA.

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Katie Raspin

Massage Tutor


Katie’s beauty career started in 2000 when she decided that her current A Levels weren’t for her and enrolled at Hull College to do Level 2 & 3 in Beauty Therapy

Once qualified her first job was in a small salon as a nail technician, after working there for a year she decided she needed a new challenge and wanted to use the rest of her beauty skills and started a new journey in an exclusive hair and beauty spa.

Once at Colour Lounge, Katie continued to develop her skills and knowledge training in new and different products and also new treatments and techniques. Whilst performing a range of treatments, Katie specialised in holistic aromatherapy facial and massage treatments.

After 7 years at the spa and working her way up to management and having her second daughter Katie decided it was time to open her own busy successful salon, which she still continues to run. Katie felt she needed a new challenge and started her teaching and assessing qualifications, and after 16 years in the industry felt inspired to share her passion, knowledge and skills of the beauty industry with the next generation of therapists