It’s not just our unique training courses that makes us special. It’s our dynamic and highly skilled team members who collectively hold a vast range of skills and knowledge. At The Advanced Skills Academy, we are firm believers that our people are one of our strongest assets. Take a look, we are sure you will be suitably impressed by the caliber of our people!

Darlene O’Gara

National Training Manager

Darlene has been a professional trainer for over 15 years working for some of the biggest brands in Australia including Australian Skin Clinics, Guinot and Elemis. Darlene joined Australian Skin Clinics in 2007 as Clinic Manager at the Ashmore Practice, where she was quickly promoted to the role of trainer as the company grew, delivering training in the disciplines of management, leadership, sales, customer service and practical aesthetic treatments. Darlene’s diverse skill base includes a vast knowledge of cosmetic ingredients which gives her a heightened understanding of how treatments effect the layers of the skin. Darlene’s passion for the industry and her amazing training skills meant that she was the ideal candidate for the role of National Training Manager at The Advanced Skills Academy. She is a foundation team member who was a crucial member of the companies development team, working tirelessly to build training and course structures that are more interactive, interesting and exciting than those currently available. A wealth of knowledge, Darlene delivers a training program full of passion and possesses a smile so infectious, it is hard not to enjoy your learning experience.

Fay Abousleiman

Student Skills Clinic Manager / Trainer

Fay crossed the big blue sea from UK, landing in Australia in 2013. Fay has had extensive experience in management within the beauty and aesthetic sectors working with UK’s leading dermal and laser provider for many years managing multiple clinic sites and achieving exceptional performance and clinic growth.

A proven leader in her field, Fay was snapped up by one of Australia’s leading dermal and laser provders, Australian Skin Clinics who quickly saw her high level of skills and expertise, inviting her to join their professional team of trainers. Fay has continued growing her skills base with a range of professional learning and has been working with The Advanced Skills Academy since its foundation.

Erin Green


Erin competed her Advanced Diploma in Health and Skincare in South Africa, where she then went on to specialise in Spa Therapy, Management and Clinical Skincare.

After moving to Brisbane in 2011, Erin was excited to start her career as a dermal and laser technician where she could apply the skills and knowledge she acquired through her studies in a practical setting.

Fast forward to today, and Erin has gained over 5 years’ experience in the industry, enabling her to become well versed in the treatment and training of laser hair reduction, facial rejuvenation, superficial vascular lesions, and tattoo removal. Her hands on involvement operating a wide range of laser devices from different manufactures has provided her with a thorough knowledge of the medical and aesthetic laser procedures.

Erin has a strong passion for teaching and her role as Trainer/Assessor at the Advanced Skills Academy enables her to share her knowledge with her students.

Jessie Jones


Jessie has over 10 years’ experience within the beauty/medi-aesthetic industry. She completed her HND in Beauty Therapy and Spa Management in the UK. On completion of her studies Jessie went on to manage a national medical aesthetic clinic in Wales. As a Clinic Manager, she oversaw the training and development of newly appointed technicians thus sparking her passion for training and mentoring.

Wanting to develop her skills and knowledge within the industry further, in 2012 she moved from the family farm in Wales to Perth, Australia to work for a clinic which specialised in IPL and dermal therapy treatments.

Most recently Jessie managed a beauty therapy student training clinic in Perth, supporting and training students to perfect their treatment techniques and reception skills; essentially preparing them for their professional role.

Jessie has recently moved to the Gold Coast to join our team of experts and to share her extensive knowledge. She is a qualified trainer and assessor, with a strong passion to mentor her students through their learning journey and is committed to developing excellent practice across the industry.

Maria Ogurekova


Maria is an enthusiastic and highly skilled trainer and assessor, who completed her Nursing qualification then continued further studies with a Vocational Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Nursing. These qualifications lead her into becoming a clinic trainer in dermal and light based therapies, Injectables, delivering theoretical lectures and clinic management for a medical aesthetics college on the Gold Coast.

Maria is extremely passionate about sharing and delivering quality education and is an exceptional educator who creates interactive and enjoyable learning experiences with her students.