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Your dedicated tutor will personally support, guide and inspire you through your course and towards a successful career.
Using a variety of channels we connect you with fellow students and wedding and event professionals around the world.
You will graduate with confidence, skills, experience and the support of the Academy team behind you. You're never alone.
Zeina Abou Jamra
After over 10 years of marketing and event management experience working with multinational brands within the MENA region, Zeina co-founded a wedding and event management business in the UAE, Jive Events. Zeina also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. Her managerial experience combined with her entrepreneurship spirit and educational background, are key factors in the success of her business and her well-planned events.
Zeina is looking forward to passing the knowledge and skills gained in event management to students at the Arabian campus of Academy.
Christine is the Director of Education for the Academy and our lead Tutor. She is involved with all of our campuses and has been with the Academy almost from the beginning. She has helped many students to achieve their goals, including the launching of their own business and takes great pleasure in their success.
Christine is a qualified Journalist with a passion for events, business and sales & marketing and has loved finding a way to use her skills within the wedding and event industry. She has worked as a Corporate Event Manager for a major Bank and a number of community & business organisations and she recently founded the I Do Crew, which specialises in offering On the Day Coordination services and supplying Event Staff. Currently this business operates in Australia and New Zealand only, but Christine has plans to expand overseas. This is great news for Academy Graduates, as Christine only hires our Students and Graduates to work on I Do Crew weddings.
Zoe owns a successful wedding planning business, Cherish Weddings, where she works with some high profile clients and shares her experience with students. She is the lead Course Consultant and Tutor for our UK Campus.
“I started Cherish wedding planning in 2008 as a complete career change from teaching. I have 3 daughters and was looking for a job that was more flexible and in complete contrast to teaching dance.
In 2010 I met Kylie (Company director) for a coffee in London as she was looking to expand the UK branch, and I have been working with her and the team ever since.
I still run my own wedding planning business too and I find this helps me to give current advice about the industry and honest answers to student’s queries which I think is important. My philosophy for brides is that they should enjoy the ‘process’ of planning their wedding as much as the day itself.”
Lisa Macale is the Creative Director and Owner of boutique wedding planning and styling business Willow Tree Creative. She holds a Bachelor of Business and is an Academy Accredited Wedding & Event Planner.
Lisa’s love affair with weddings began after planning and styling her own wedding. She is passionate about helping her couples to have unique and individual weddings and she prides herself on being there for them from the moment they engage her services and on their special day. Lisa has had her work featured in several top international wedding magazines and blogs. She was also named one of the top 25 stylists in Australia by Modern Wedding Magazine.
Her passion extends to supporting others to enter the industry too and she has been offering Academy students and graduates opportunities to learn from her at weddings and events. Having been through the process of starting her own business Lisa has knowledge and real life experience to share with our students. Now Lisa has joined the Academy Tutoring team and will be sharing her creativity and knowledge and skills of weddings, events, styling and business, with more people, by tutoring our Diploma & Certificate courses.
Lizzie has over 11 years’ experience in the retail, catering and event management industry and prides herself on her background and diversity of knowledge. She has planned, styled and executed celebrations from an intimate 18 to large scales of over 120+ guests. From 5 weeks’ notice to 18 months.
She is the proud owner of Elizabeth Jean Weddings and Events originally established in 2012, but officially launched in Australia in 2014. In mid-2016 she relocated back to her home country of New Zealand and her business now operates in the North Island. Lizzy offers a personal commitment and dedication to all her students and loves sharing her knowledge.
Sam is the founder of The Wedding Owl, and is an experienced specialist wedding business consultant. She has extensive, practical knowledge of the Wedding Industry, wedding venues, and wedding suppliers and loves helping wedding business grow.
She has worked at award winning wedding venues in senior management roles for over 10 years managing the wedding process from the initial enquiry to closing the sale, to upselling, through to delivering the event on the day. This includes organising food tastings, engagement shoots, wedding shows (both in-house and using external suppliers), invoicing and tactfully chasing couples for payment.
Sue launched Eleganza Weddings & Events 9 years ago and has also been involved in tutoring and training students over a period of several years.
We are excited to present the International Advisory Board for 2016 - 2017 made up of 26 wedding and event professionals from around the world. We are lucky to work with some of the best experts in the industry all leaders in their field.