About the Principal and our Tutors

Suzie Howe (BA(Hons), PGCE, Dip. Raw, MAR, CThA) has been in the business of health and well-being for the past 30 years. She has spent most of her career working in top health and sports clubs in and around London where her regular clients included many showbiz and sporting celebrities, members of the aristocracy and high-flying city professionals

Suzie HoweTwelve years ago Suzie decided to leave the bright lights of London to find the perfect location to create her dream training centre, Health Academics . She has a huge range of experience and knowledge and is constantly updating her own skills, she has travelled extensively for both pleasure and vocational research purposes and is well-respected as both a practitioner and tutor.

Suzie is passionate about the industry she is involved in, constantly exploring and researching new techniques, products and styles of therapies.  She loves to pass on her vast industry knowledge and skills through teaching. She has a special interest in Chronic Musculo-skeletal  pain and life limiting illnesses.

Suzie is fully-qualified in the following disciplines:

  • Nutritional consultant (I.O.N. and Raworth College)
  • Beauty Therapy L2 and L3 (C.I.B.T.A.C)
  • Aromatherapy( Shirley Price)
  • Reflexology (British School of Reflexology, AOR member)
  • Sports Massage/Therapy ( level 3 and 4)
  • Remedial Massage/Therapy ( Seed institute)
  • Advanced Massage techniques
  • Deep Tissue Work
  • La Stone Therapy ( La Stone)
  • Indian Head Massage (VTCT)
  • Ear Candling(VTCT)
  • Spray Tanning
  • Body Masks/Wraps
  • Lomi lomi Hawaiian Massage
  • Intimate waxing(female and male)
  • Nail enhancements -Liquid and Powder, Gel , silk wraps (VTCT)
  • electric filing (VTCT)
  • Airbrush art (VTCT)
  • Nail art (VTCT)
  • Gel polish/Gel design
  • Business set up and marketing strategies
  • Teacher Training
  • Assessor and IV
  • PGCE( post graduate certificate in education)BA Hons Bath Spa university

Suzie has also attended workshops in:

Equality in learning, Dyslexia and learning,Cultural Diversity in education, Web design and social platforms for businesses, Dermalogica workshop, Lamberts and Nutri Healthcare workshops in various ailments and disease management.

As a masseuse and therapist, Suzie has worked on the British Rugby team, international tennis players and athletes. The impressive list of prestigious health clubs where she has worked includes: Holmes Place, David Lloyd and the exclusive Harbour Club in Chelsea. Suzie still makes regular trips to London to treat several retained clients from her city days and also has a thriving practice in a treatment room at Health Academics.

She has also spent the past 20 years sharing her expertise by teaching at a variety of colleges throughout the country. These include: Watford FE College, Fulham & Chelsea FE College (Hortensia), St. Mary’s College, Surrey, Filton FE College, Bristol and Norton Radstock FE College. Suzie has taught small private courses in health clubs and given many presentations to small and large groups of students and health professionals.

Suzie also has a degree in fashion and textiles from St. Martin’s School of Art, London, which she intends to draw on in the future when she designs her own range of spa/salon work wear.

Since starting Health Academics Suzie has been researching into qualifications and curriculum structuring and aims to be more involved with this side of the industry. She attends meetings, conferences and workshops with all the awarding bodies( VTCT, ITEC,City and Guilds and Btec ) to further her knowledge and understanding of the changes in the Complementary and beauty industry.

She also over consultancy to prospective new training centres and salons.

Suzie Specializes in Neurological issues with her Massage therapies, in particular Motor Neuron Disease. working with clients/patients in the Somerset area.

Suzie is currently researching into Tattoo removal courses and putting together ‘THE SERIES’ an advanced massage course.

The Team

I have been lucky to find some wonderful experienced tutors who have decided to come and teach with me at HEALTH ACADEMICS.

Each person has been asked to join me because i have been impressed by their experience, skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for their subjects/hands on professions.


Joanne Timms- Make-up Artist, Internal Verifier for Health Academics

photo joanne timms

Having worked in make-up for many years, i have gained valuable hands on industry experience in different looks and techniques. i have worked with male make-up and Cosmetic camouflauge for the NHS as well as commercial fashion looks and avant garde.

She has worked: “shoes, Rylan Clarke( big brother), TOWIE, Elite model agency, Glamour and editorial make up, Theatre ‘Fiddler on the roof’ ‘channel 5 ‘ Don’t stop believing’, Lead make up artist on award winning film ‘ the kindness of strangers’,  Make up artist for celebrity hair event with Patrick Cameron, Brits awards and soaps award 2013/2014.

She is a experienced Beauty Therapist and Make up artist, her specialist field, sports and holistic therapist. Joanne is a qualified teacher, assessor and IQA ( internal verifier), also course tutor for level 3 Media make up at city and Islington College, London

Jo’s portfolio is available to view on request with extensive editorial shots, film and TV work, Fashion Shoots and Fantasy including body art.




Laura Holdstock -Principal Examiner for VRQs at VTCT – Internal Verifier for Reflexology