In remembrance: Sharon Cass

Sharon was a regular contributor to Guild News, and over the years shared her expert knowledge through authoring articles and contributing her wealth of expertise and passion in our features. 
She had a long career in the aesthetics and beauty industries spanning more than 25 years. Sharon gained her BTEC in Beauty Therapy in 1986 and returned to higher education to gain her Certificate of Education from University of Greenwich in 1997.She lived in Australia for several years practicing beauty therapy and running a spa.

In 2001, she became the international senior instructor for International Dermal Institute, hosting international training events for Dermalogica, before taking a role in 2004 as the Court House Clinic Group's national clinic manager. Here she developed treatment protocols and service menus whilst also overseeing the expansion of the clinic group from three locations to seven.

By 2007,Cass became head of education and brand awareness at Cosmeceuticals helping to introduce Priori to the UK market. She was also instrumental in the merger of Cosmeceuticals and Skinbrands in 2014, rolling out the education and protocols for the new brands.As an accomplished lecturer and trainer, she was a popular speaker at some of the industry's best-known exhibitions.Her lively seminar's reflected her abundant enthusiasm and passion for skin care and ingredients.

As education and brand manager she hosted many of Skinbrands' road shows and event, and played a key role in the product development of the Vitage antioxidant range. More recently she created the treatment protocols for the Lightfusion photofacial.In her personal life, she was a keen environmentalist and led a vegan lifestyle.

Amanda Coveney, Managing Director of Skinbrands, paid tribute to Sharon, saying:"Sharon was always so inspirational when speaking about the benefits of good skin care and her knowledge of ingredients was quite simply breath-taking. There was nothing she did not know and often referred to herself as our "ingredient geek". Sharon's death is a huge loss to our Skinbrands family.She has been taken too soon and she will be sorely missed by us all."

Sharon, who was 46, died peacefully surrounded by her family. She is survived by her partner of 20 years, Les, and their two young children.