President - Mindy Richards
I completed my original Nail Technician training in 1992 at Launceston School of Beauty Therapy, in Tasmania. Of course, back then, there was no Registered Training Organisations nor Nationally Recognised Training.
I competed in my first competition in Melbourne in 1993 – Tip & Overlay – Gel section and to my complete surprise, I came third.
I then decided to compete each year in both Melbourne & Sydney, placing in each Tip & Overlay – acrylic and gel competition until 1996. I was then approached by the APFA (Australian Professional Fingernail Association) to see if I would like to become a Trainee Judge. I judged alongside qualified Competition Judges to learn and perfect my skills, eventually gaining my Competition Judge status in 1998.
Whilst with the APFA, I held numerous positions from Judging Co-ordinator, Vice President and held the position of President for 4 years from 2006-2010.
Isn’t it amazing where a conversation between myself, my husband, Joe and son, Nathan leads – talking about poor standards, zero regulations and competing against non-standard salons.
Now here we are, the beginning of a new Association.
I would also like to thank you, as Professional Nail Technicians in joining our new Association.
Vice President - Website Editor - Tita Turner
I started my nailing journey late 2015 after a long history in account management. I wanted an artistic career, and one I didn't have to sit on the phone all day for!
I instantly fell in love with the industry, the products, the skill and everything in between. I took this passion and applied for a position as an educator with Nail Perfect Australia, I am now one of their Global Expert Educators.
I love what the PNTA is trying to achieve, and I decided to become more actively involved after attending my first meeting in 2018 in Sydney. thanks for having me on board!
Secretary - Samantha Goddard
I've been in the nail industry since 1989, working in a few salons in Canberra before starting my own business in 1993.
Venturing out of my comfort zone in 2006 to attend my first competition, it ignited interest in competition and in an effort to expand my knowledge, I began taking more classes which then lead me to become an educator. I have educated for ONS, Nf Oh and currently I am Head of Education with Akzentz Australia and a Pro Hesion Ambassador for Harmony, my position as an educator afforded me some great opportunities to travel and meet techs from all over the world.
After 10 years of successful competitions in Australia I decided to retire from Australian competitions and training the next generation of competitors.
After being involved in numerous industry events and seeing the changes that have occurred in my 27 years as a nail tech, I look forward to the new exciting times ahead.
Treasurer - Teresa Warman
Teresa's bio and photo will be added soon
Other Team Members:
AUS - Education Support - Amanda Niarhos
Amanda Niarhos has been in the Nail and Beauty Industry for 30 years, successful salon owner for 20 years,
educator and multiple award winning nail competitor.
A keen competitor for 20 years, competing nationally and internationally, Amanda has now moved over to the other side of the arena becoming a competition judge.
Head Judge for GNDA Australia, judge for Nailympia Australia and Brisbane Hair & Beauty Expo.
Amanda now dedicates her time to educating the next generation of talented nail artists.
NZ - Training & Education Officer - Katey Laurenson (New Zealand)
Hi, I'm Katey Laurenson, owner/operator of Embellished Nails.
I have over 12 years of nail, beauty salon and education industry experience and last year, placed 2nd in my first ever nail competition in Novice Photographic section at Nailympia Australia.
I am pretty new to the competition arena and am currently competing in Nails Magazine - Next Top Nail Artist.
I have worked for other companies as an Educator and sub Distributor and have a strong passion for educating and seeing our industry lift its game.
I really love working in the salon and strive to produce high quality nails and work incredibly hard in my field.
I'm really looking forward to working alongside a passionate team of individuals to build up and support our nail industry in Australia and New Zealand.
NZ - Education Support - Kim Marshall (New Zealand)
My name is Kim Marshall and I am so happy you are reading this and hopefully joining the PNTA!
I have been a nail technician for over 15 years starting in my country of birth the Netherlands 🇳🇱
Over there we have the same problems of trying to maintain a high standard across the country!
I am very passionate about the "medical" and hygiene side of our practice!
Our practice doesn't include "just" nails it also includes a lot of pedicures and I have trained to be a medical pedicurist. Here in New Zealand that doesn't even exist so I am very happy with the PNTA getting you all educated on doing our jobs the best and safest we can, for us and the customers!
I have made mistakes in the past and learned from them but there were some sleepless nights over things that could have been avoided and that's what we will be here for to help you with our experience!
I am always available my phone is never off, any questions you have I would be happy to answer or if I don't know I will ask someone who does ;)
Health and Safety Consultant - Ian Warman
If you walk into a restaurant, sit down and order a meal, you will expect that the meal is prepared in a hygienic kitchen area, by an individual who has been appropriately trained in their craft and with good quality fresh ingredients. This is of course extremely reasonable to do so. Moreover if you visit a ‘fine’ dining establishment you would expect a better quality and standard and therefore it is reasonable to suggest you would be happy to pay a little more for the service and the product you receive. In Australia, the food industry is quite rightly heavily regulated with standards and has its own regulator backed by the Federal Government.
Why am I going on about this? Well why should the Nail Industry be any different in this aspect? I am not in a position to answer that question is this short introduction, however I am sure that as a dedicated member of this association you will understand what I mean.
Having spent nearly twenty years in emergency services a change of career led me into the Health and Safety industry, where I have been for the last seven years. I have worked off shore in the commercial diving world, and in hard rock mining dealing with safety in both underground and surface operations.
Together with my wife Teresa, who is an accomplished and passionate nail technician, I own a nail and beauty salon in Perth, WA, where the health of both our staff and customers is paramount.
I am extremely proud to be part of this committee and to be working alongside professionals who really want to make a difference. I believe that the standards which have been created in many other industries and regulated accordingly should be echoed in our own fabulous industry.
I look forward to being a part of what this association can collectively achieve in Australia and New Zealand.