About Us

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Nurturing our students for the best start to their career

Carolyne Cross opened Omni Academy, specialist training providers of Hair, Beauty, Make up & Aesthetics in the heart of Walton on Thames in 2008. Approximately 300 students per year run through our academy, launching them into their successful careers.

At Omni Academy we pride ourselves on training our students to the highest standard. We are passionate about enabling our learners to achieve industry recognised qualifications, giving them the best start in their new career.

Finding a specialist training provider that suits your needs isn’t always straightforward. But with a range of Level 2, 3, 4 and 5 programmes across the Hair, Beauty, Makeup and Aesthetics sectors, combined with a team of dedicated tutors, we truly believe that we offer students of all ages the very best of everything.

Gaining the correct qualification in this rewarding industry can open up many new doors and the VTCT stamp of approval could lead to offers from salons, cruise ships and even opening your own salon.

Our Mission

We build confidence, self-esteem, self-worth…

To grow, be successful, fulfill ambitions…

To give you the best start in your career…

Foundations to Flourish

Our Values

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Passion

To nurture our students for the best start in their career.

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Reputation

Extensive, proven industry experience.

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Engagement

Hands-on, small classes in an intimate environment.

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Innovation

Embracing the latest methods and technology.
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Knowledge

Perfect blend of practice and theory.
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Flexibility

Tailored learning designed to fit your lifestyle.
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Quality

Industry recognised qualifications and standards.
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Excellence

The very highest standards for success.

Meet Our Team

Our team is dedicated and passionate about helping you succeed.
Rianna Farbey

Rianna Farbey

Principal

BA (Hons) , VTCT.

Rianna is a fully qualified Beauty Therapist. She originally joined Omni as a student herself. After a long contract working as a spa therapist on board cruise ships, she returned to the academy as a member of the team. She continued to work closely with Omni’s founder, Carolyne, for more than 11 years building and developing the various programmes we offer today.

Rianna proudly took the reigns in 2022 and continues to lead the team in delivering high quality training, exceptional service and a supportive learning experience for all students.

 

Rianna thrives on helping people find the right courses and qualifications for their own journeys so that they can have the success which she herself has experienced with Omni.

Jo Barker

Jo Barker

Head of Beauty, Lead IQA

Bio coming Soon.

Katie Herincx

Katie Herincx

Head of Hairdressing

Bio coming soon.

 

Danielle Grigg

Danielle Grigg

Beauty Lecturer

Danielle started studying her Level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy back in 2015, and then began working in a Spa for a few years. From this, she realised how much she enjoyed seeing the treatment results, and went on to study Level 4 Treatments.

Danielle still works within the industry and regularly reads trade magazines to learn more about new skills and treatments which are being introduced within the industry.

Danielle teaches Level 3 Beauty Therapy and Apprenticeships, Level 4 Laser and IPL and Level 4 Skin Needling and Peeling.

Francesca Wales

Francesca Wales

Beauty Lecturer

VTCT, NCFE.

Francesca holds a Higher Diploma in Beauty Therapy along with teaching and assessing qualifications from City and Guilds, VTCT and NCFE.

She originally studied at the London College of Fashion and has been in the industry for 40 years, working in various salons and predominantly as a mobile therapist. She started teaching 14 years ago and has a passion for continually learning and developing her own skills as well nurturing passion and high quality skills with her students.

Francesca specialises in electrolysis, facials & skincare and advanced beauty aesthetics treatments.

Chloe Grimshaw

Chloe Grimshaw

Student Liaison, Office Administrator

VTCT, BTEC.

Chloe is qualified as a Media & SFX Makeup Artist and as a Hairdresser. From this she has worked on films, theatre and fashion shoots.

In addition she has worked as a mobile Hairdresser and Make-Up artist. Her real passion has always been with Special FX Make-Up. She is very artistic and loves being creative.

Chloe has always wanted to pass on her skills and love for the industry, one day she would like to train in teaching and start training the next generation of SFX artists.

Eugenia Shaw

Eugenia Shaw

Lecturer

Bio coming soon.

Carolyne Cross

Carolyne Cross

Founder & Tutor

CIBTAC, VTCT, IIHHT, Babtac, MGBT, Immediate Past Chair of BABTAC and CIBTAC.

With a beauty therapy career stretching over 30 years and extensive experience working aboard cruise ships, in salons, hotels, freelance consulting and even presenting a radio show ‘The Beauty Spot’, Carolyne’s teaching career has taken her from private education to large FE colleges where her primary responsibilities were to plan and run full time courses.

 

She has a passion for high standards and professionalism in Beauty Therapy and is a qualified Examiner and External Verifier for two of the top awarding Bodies. Above all, she gain the greatest satisfaction knowing that she has trained students to the highest possible standards and encouraged them to continually develop their skills, hopefully enabling them to improve their career opportunities and overall job satisfaction.

Omni

All or everywhere

Every, the whole, of every kind

A holistic experience

What Our Students Say

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So grateful for the guidance given.

“I loved the courses I did at Omni! I did my level 2 & 3 in beauty therapy about 6 years ago now. The teaching was fantastic & as a slightly older student I was pleased to see others my age & really benefited from the small classes.
I was lucky enough to manage Nuffield Health flagship spa in the city. Since then I moved to the countryside & worked in a boutique salon in Haslemere. I’ve since had two little girls & am enjoying working for myself in my studio in my garden working around my children.
I love what I do and so grateful for the guidance given. I’m actually coming back today to do nail art – something I never thought I would do!” – Katy Hardy

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What a fantastic place to learn.

“The people are fantastic, the facilities are top rate! I can see why people come from miles away to study here! I’m fortunate that I’m fairly local! From the first phone call, I knew that I would be completing my Level 2 Beauty Therapy here (probably Level 3 too!) and my massage courses. Rianna is very friendly and informative but not pushy. She is an excellent first contact with Omni Academy of Beauty. Carolyne and Staci are excellent tutors and communicators. The classes are never boring and I’m actually learning something and enjoying being here! If anyone is looking for a place to study Beauty Therapy or Massage, I recommend Omni without reservation.” – Melinda Cole

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Swedish Massage at OMNI.

“I trained in Swedish Massage at OMNI and the professional practice ethos and learning atmosphere / environment was enhanced by the absolute attention to detail encouraged by all those teaching there. Hugely supportive and encouraging when it came to completion of assignments and examination time – greatly appreciated. Fabulous place to learn, a vast amount of expertise and wonderful people. The beauty arena is somewhat different to my nursing background and I loved the contrast! Teaching me to honour myself and the value of surrendering to the couch for some pampering. Never underestimate what it is that you as a therapist do to help your clients feel good and look good Time for the therapist in me to emerge I feel and so I would not hesitate to develop skills and learn more at the Omni Academy of Beauty.” – Marion Elizabeth Towner

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