Meet the Experts

The staff at The Iver Makeup Academy are incredibly passionate about our work and provide expert tutelage across all our makeup, hair and SFX courses. We employ leading specialists in TV, film, theatre, and fashion to share their expert knowledge with students at the academy. The connections our graduates develop with industry leaders opens up pathways to obtain incredible professional opportunities throughout each and every medium.

Our highly respected award-winning teaching team have all been working in the media makeup industry for many years and are renowned for their teaching skills. If you have any other questions be sure to get in contact with us via calling us or emailing.

Nominations held by our tutors:






Primetime EMMY Awards


Makeup Artist/Hairstylist Guild Awards


OFTA Awards

Liz Tagg-Wooster


A BAFTA and EMMY nominated makeup & hair artist with over 30 years’ experience working in the film & television industry.

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Tamsin Barbosa

Vice Principal

An acclaimed makeup & hair artist specialising in film, with over 25 years’ experience working on some of the biggest British & Hollywood releases in recent years.

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Christine Vidler

Academic Consultant

A BBC-trained hair and makeup artist who has worked with some of the most famous actors, actresses, models and sports personalities in the industry.

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Renata Gilbert

Academic Consultant

A freelance hair & makeup artist with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, working on well-loved TV dramas and iconic films.

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Joceline Andrews

Academic Consultant

A makeup and hair artist specialising in recreating iconic looks for period dramas and Hollywood blockbusters.

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Stuart Bray

Prosthetics Makeup Artist

An experienced industry prosthetic artist working on leading productions including Game of Thrones, The Mummy and Shaun of the Dead.

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Siân Miller

Makeup and Hair Designer

Siân Miller is a BAFTA nominated Hair and Make-Up Designer with over 30 years experience in the British Film and Television industry

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Tamara Tott

Makeup and Hair Artist

Tamara Tott is a multi award winning Hair and Makeup Artist working in Fashion,Editorial and Beauty .

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Mona Turnbull

Face/Body Painting Makeup Artist

Multi-award winning face/body painting makeup artist.

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Jo Brown

Hairdresser / Session hairstylist

A hairdresser/session hairstylist with over 15 years experience heading shows for the likes of Viven Westwood, Stephen Jones and Mathew Williamso. With clients such as Google, Harvey Nicholas, Urban Outfitters and John Lewis.

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Cinta Miller

Makeup and Hair Artist

Cinta London is highly sought after by celebrities, photographers and commercial and music directors.

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Jess Heath

Prosthetics and SFX Artist

Jess Heath is a prosthetic artist who has worked in Film and TV since 2007, starting out during her degree in Model Design and Special Effects. Jess began self taught, working mainly as a sfx artist on low budget horror films.

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Robb Crafer

Prosthetics Makeup Artist

A qualified teacher with a love of special effects and creative prosthetics, who has worked on some of the most recognisable films in recent years.

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Steffi Berghmans

Prosthetics Makeup Artist

An experienced SFX and Prosthetics artist working alongside leading brands such as Kryolan, Boots & Screenface London.

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Moira Thomson

Makeup and Hair Artist

With 26 years experience as a makeup and hair artist and 15 years as an educator whilst working on television and film productions.

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Nabeel Hussain

Makeup and Hair Artist

IMA alumni whose work includes, Fantastic Beasts – The Secrets of Dumbledore, Saltburn, Black Mirror

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Vanessa Johnson

Make Up & Hair Designer

Vanessa trained in TV at Granada Studios, having over 40 years of experience in this industry. She has designed some of TV’s longest running series, such as “Doc Martin”, “Lewis”, “Silent Witness”.

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Chrissie Baker

Makeup and Hair Designer

A Bafta and RTS winning makeup and hair designer with over 30 years’ experience in the film, TV, fashion & music industry.

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Nicola Buck

Makeup Artist

Nicola Buck is a makeup artist working in film and Television. Nik has worked on some of the biggest films made in the UK over the past 20 plus years.

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Lucy Charlton

Operations Manager

Lucy oversees the academy’s day to day operations and ensures that students and tutors needs are met.

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Amy Keating

Social Media Administrator and Admin Assistant

IMA Social Media Administrator and Admin Assistant who joined IMA in 2023.

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Jeremy Woodhead

Makeup and Hair designer

Award winning makeup and Hair designer for Film and Television

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Ariane Poole

Makeup Artist

Make up artist Ariane Poole’s career has spanned over 30 years. A leading name in her field, Ariane works with many of the top fashion beauty photographers and an impressive list of celebrities. Well known for her on screen make-overs on This Morning and QVC.

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Louise Luxton

Makeup and Hair artist

Makeup and Hair Artist for Film, Television and Theatre

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Alison Law

Financial Director

Alison has been an Independent Media Production Professional for over 40 years. Alison also runs McKinney Macartney Management, which has been one of the leading technicians’ agencies for over twenty years.

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Ernesto Lyonhart – Pucci

Well-being Officer

From his early days, Ernesto displayed a remarkable ability to uplift spirits and offer comfort to those in need. His role involves spreading joy and providing emotional support to students and staff alike.

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Our Tutors and credits to
their names


Nabeel HussainNabeel Hussain
13:52 01 Jan 21
I agree with all the reviews, for someone like me who changed careers, I felt supported and encouraged every day at the Iver Makeup Academy.I was allowed to reconnect with making a career in something I was/am passionate about. Anyone attending a course here will experience something wonderful.Thank you to all the talented tutors and support team for changing my life – for the better.
Aimee SampsonAimee Sampson
14:56 29 Oct 19
Definitely the best thing I've ever done and has totally changed my life. The Iver Academy educates you on practically all aspects of Hair and Makeup for Film and Television. Taught by the most inspiring tutors, you feel in safe and experienced hands. 100% recommend any of the courses for any skill level. Enjoyed every minute, thank you!
Lily HarlingLily Harling
16:13 28 Oct 19
I couldn’t recommend the Iver Academy enough. The knowledge I gained was impeccable, the facilities are fabulous, and the location is perfect for getting your foot into the Make-Up world. Having such talented professionals as tutors who have great experience in the industry (and are still currently working within it) was such a benefit. Not only do they teach you a huge range of practical skills, they prepare you for everything you need when starting in the industry such as etiquette, admin and continuity.Aftercare at the Iver Academy is great with regular updates about job opportunities and experience to help you get your foot in the door, and they continue to support you further into the future after graduating. All the Tutors and Staff are so supportive and genuinely want to see all their students succeed once leaving the school.Anyone wanting to begin their development in the Make-Up industry would highly benefit from studying at the Iver Academy!
Saskia LyonsSaskia Lyons
11:50 17 Oct 19
Highly recommend The Iver Academy if you want to get out and working in the industry. I was on the Advanced 30 week course and found it a very enjoyable, supportive environment as a student and as a graduate. You feel part of a family. Not only did we learn a variety of skills in Hair and Makeup, but also a lot about the industry and what to expect. The filming project in the last few weeks was especially beneficial. Thank you, Iver Academy!
Georgia GGeorgia G
10:28 16 Oct 19
Amazing experience at The Iver Makeup Academy.As well as learning from teachers that are still working hair and makeup artists in the industry, you will be part of the family.It really does feel like a home from home.Past students who come in, share there experiences and tips on how to find work.Staff are friendly and always ready to help with everything and anything.The teachers are amazing and offer the most relevant and up to date knowledge and education as they are all passionate about the industry and working in film,TV,Theatre,Fashion and anything inbetween.The benefit of being in Pinewood Studios is that there is so much going on around you,if there would be an opportunity for work experience,it may be here.......Aftercare with The Iver Makeup Academy is great and you get regular updates about work experience and opportunities.There are also many opportunities to meet amazing tutors and make connections for future work experience.I have had a positive experience and would do The Advanced Certificate in Hair and Makeup Artistry all over again if I could.I recommend coming here if you want the absolutely,very best education and opportunities thereafter.


Iver Makeup Academy at
Pinewood Studios

The Iver Makeup Academy is the leading independent makeup and hair academy for industry-based courses in film, TV, theatre & fashion. Our aim is simple; to give our students access to the newest techniques and skills required to carve a professional career in their chosen field.