Welcome To Cosmetic Couture

Aesthetic & Cosmetic Training Academy, Manchester

Here at Cosmetic Couture we currently have a team who strive to push the company forward the best they can and work together to ensure this happens. This team is spearheaded by Maxine McCarthy – Director, VTCT Tutor and Assessor.


Maxine McCarthy


Sharron McCarthy


Lena Leach

Lead Tutor/Assessor

Petra Spacilova


Kristy Hopkins


Catherine McCarthy

Sales/Course Manager

Pauline Butler

Distribution Manager

Karen Jones


Shannon Higham

Media & model bookings

Tanielle Halton

Student Support Officer

Kerry Donachie

Marketing Manager

Kate Butler

ARA Manager

Dave Butler

Medical Courier

Caitlyn Higham

Media & Model Bookings

The Team

More About Our Staff

Catherine McCarthy - Sales/Course Manager

I am the course co-ordinator here at Cosmetic Couture where I am the first point of call for all our students who train with us. I have worked in retail for many years owning and running my own businesses and have acquired many skills in customer care and sales. I liaise with various companies we deal with and have a varied workload here at Cosmetic Couture and deal with a very busy office on a daily basis. My organisational skills are paramount and I have developed my IT skills to assist me with my role in the office. I am a fully qualified nail technician so have some insight into the beauty industry and I enjoy working with the public. I joined the company in April and am really relishing my new role in this ever expanding vibrant company.

If you would like to contact Catherine then please email catherine@cosmetic-couture.co.uk.

Sharron McCarthy - PA/Accounts

Sharron has been in the beauty industry for 22 Years and was the proprietor of a chain of Solarium & Beauty salons in the 90’s. She specializes in eyebrows – SPMU and has business experience in the retail and beauty industry. As a graphic designer Sharron has an eye for art and is renowned for her eyebrow shapes and technique due to her attention to detail as she is known as a perfectionist. She is also one of the directors for A.C.T fast and admin for currently. She has an a ray of qualifications and is always keeping up with the changing of the beauty industry.

If you would like to contact Sharron then please email sharron@cosmetic-couture.co.uk.

Lena Leach - Leading Tutor/Assessor

Lena has been in the beauty industry for 17 years. She completed her NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications at Hopwood Hall College. Then she went on to work within the industry working with some of the biggest product houses and became the Beauty Manager for the beauty rooms within the Macdonalds Hotels. After 7 years with the company Lena then went onto doing her teaching qualification with Bolton university and secured a student teaching job with the college who originally trained her where she received the alumni award from the college. She then went onto teach and assess beauty therapists at the college for 5 years. Then Lena trained in Semi Permanent Make-Up with Finishing Touches. Lena left Hopwood Hall College to pursue a career working for herself within her salon which she is still currently working in and is always keeping up with the ever changing industry up skilling with different courses and treatments, she us now part of the dynamic team here at Cosmetic Couture teaching the beauty therapy students here in Manchester.

If you would like to contact Lena then please email lena@cosmetic-couture.co.uk.

Petra Spacilova - Tutor

I have been in the beauty industry for 20 years. I studied beauty therapy in my homeland of Czech Republic in 1995 where I completed my Level 2 & 3 qualifications. I worked in various salons within Czech Republic and worked with some of the major products in the industry. I came to the UK over 10 years ago to up skill my knowledge in the industry where I have now studied in Micro-needling, Nytox (vampire facial) PRP treatments, Muscle relaxants (btoxin) and Fillers here at Cosmetic Couture. I have recently finished my assessor’s course as I am currently assessing students at the training academy in various courses which we offer. I worked in beauty salons in the UK and joined Cosmetic Couture 4 years ago. I enjoy learning new treatments and continuously up skill as the industry is ever changing.

If you would like to contact Petra then please email petra@cosmetic-couture.co.uk.


What Our Customers Say

“Cosmetic Couture is an excellent training accademy with amazing staff who guide, support and advise you sharing their knowledge and skills using brilliant teaching methods to suit every learning style. They instill confidence in you and help you to see that you can achieve your goals whether you are…”
Jay Clayton - 5 Star
16th March 2015
“ I was in 2 minds whether to do the training or not and then a friend recommended Maxine, I am so glad I did, she’s an amazing trainer I couldn’t fault her at all. The support she gives whilst training and after you leave is incredible. I have now gone on to open my own clinic offering the treatments and I can’t thank her enough. ”
Amy Foley - 5 Star
15 December 2014
“ Cosmetic Couture Training are highly recommended for aesthetic training courses. I received a first class service from Maxine and her team. Her skills and knowledge are unpresidented and I wouldn’t go to anyone else. She’s also very forthcoming and will offer you help and advice after completing your course. ”
Martine Jarman - 5 Star
6 November 2014