Lisa trained as a makeup artist nearly 10 years ago gaining lots of experience along the way. She earned her makeup diploma at the prestigious, London School of Beauty and Makeup.

After 2 months of commitment, travelling and hard work she qualified as a professional makeup artist. She gained experience excelling in the wedding industry, travelling to hundreds of venues across the U.K. After lots of research, Lisa realised her dream of opening the North-Easts first makeup academy. After seeing a gap in the market, Lisa opened the North East Makeup Academy (NEMUA). The academy excelled at the first venue in Stockton-in-Tees and the business earned an excellent reputation.

After 3 years it was time to expand! She moved the academy to Middlesbrough where we have been for the past 3 years! Adding more strings to her now, Lisa expanded again with her very own makeup brush, luxury lash and makeup brand, Pro Artistry. Lisa is also co-director of Industry, our very own salon, offering hair, makeup, beauty, aesthetics and micro-blading all under one roof!

So you are in very good hands with experience and guidance within the beauty industry.

Six years from starting the academy, Lisa wanted to add more courses, structure and talent to the academy. The academy is now complimented by barbering and beauty courses, hence the name change, NE Academy!

Lisa Devanny

Owner and Director of NE Academy

Meet our Director and Lead Educator @rachael_flynn_ . Rachael is a multi award winning barber and educator of 18 years who has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the U.K. & Europe finishing up as head of Barbering Education for L’Oréal UK & Sid Sottung Academy.. She was the first female ever to be nominated for British Barber of the year for the last two years running and took the title in 2019. She has worked backstage for collections with L’Oréal, Toni & Guy, Goldwell & Sassoon & releases collections published in worldwide magazines regularly. She is also a regular to London & Paris fashion week hair teams. 
A highlight of her career was working on the artistic styling team for the 2010 Oscar Winning film “The Kings Speech”  Rachael was also a judge for the prestigious Most Wanted awards hosted by Creative Heads Magazine, alongside other industry giants… Rachael has been classed as one of the top male stylists globally for the last few years and has decided to set her academic roots down in her home town and change the face of Barbering education.
Rachael Flynn


Spaces on courses and workshops at NE Academy are limited so click through to book your spot now to avoid disappointment!

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