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Our Board of Directors

MARIAN NEWMAN

CHAIR

A veteran of 30+ years who has worked in every aspect of the nail industry.

Author of 7 textbooks, including The Complete Nail Technician.

On the Advisory Board of the British Beauty Council and awarded the British Empire Medal for ‘services to the industry during COVID19.

LIZA SMITH

Deputy Chair

Multi Award winning salon owner and Educator Liza Smith coaches Salon Professionals to be the expert in their clients eyes. 

Giving them the skills now needed to navigate through these toughest of times. 

I have had the most amazing career and in my final decade in the industry, it is my goal to raise the level of business knowledge among our professionals, to enable our industry to be recognised for the powerhouse that it is.” 

I’m currently Deputy Chair of the Federation of Nail Professionals, and I’m excited to be involved in big shifts in the nail industry.

Denise Spragg

legal and financial

Denise is the legal and financial director of the FNP, and has been a nail technician and footcare specialist since 2011. Before commencing her nail career, she was a solicitor specialising in family and criminal law, performing that role for almost 25 years, so is very well-placed to make sure the Feds are fully up to date with legal matters, as well as making sure the books balance!

Denise’s passion is the crossover between pedicure and podiatry, recognising that so many of our clients want their feet to look beautiful as well as to feel comfortable and healthy. When she’s not sorting out complex tootsies, Denise can be found either working in her centre which she runs with her husband Andy, in beautiful Somerset, south-west England, or growing veggies in her garden.

Clare Woodcock

Director of PR & Marketing

Clare Woodcock is the visionary founder of The Nail Club, an acclaimed mobile beauty business. From a dynamic background in the Music and Entertainment industry, Clare transitioned to the nail world winning the Mobile Nailist of the Year Award at the Scratch Stars Awards in 2022 and 2023 and previously earning Gold at the British Hair and Beauty Awards in 2021.

Clare entered the nail world in 2017 with foundation education with Gelish and then onto extensive training with Bio Sculpture, OPI, Nouveau Lashes, and HD Brows, not to mention countless additional education through Nail Knowledge, courses and seminars. Clare is committed to advancing the nail and beauty industry. A former senior PR Account Manager and freelance Event Producer, she orchestrated campaigns for renowned artists and events, including The Killers, Bestival, and Glastonbury Festival.

Samantha Sweet

Engagement & Partnership

With over 30 years in the nail industry, Samantha, co-founder of Sweet Squared, transitioned from waitressing at 14 to working in her parents’ nail business in the ’90s. In 2006, Sweet Squared began its journey, now the leading distributor with 16+ best in show professional brands in the UK & ROI.

Samantha is active within all areas of the business with customer experience being her true love. Sweet Squared has its own dedicated building for education, shop and distribution. In 2023, Sam’s won the prestigious Scratch Stars award ‘Services to the Nail Industry’, and in 2024, acquired five pro brands from Louella Belle.

Samantha and Samuel along with their 130-member team, remain dedicated to “Serving the Pro with Love & Respect.”

Her motto: “Do it from the heart, do it the right way – or don’t do it at all!

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