When Deb Farnworth-Wood purchased Australian Skin Clinics in 2007, she could see the huge potential for the non-surgical cosmetic treatment industry. Having treatments such as laser hair removal, cosmetic injectables, and chemical peels had become more popular and more affordable for the everyday consumer, but Deb wanted to raise awareness of the industry even more.
Deb is passionate about her company, the treatments it provides, and the results her customers receive. The industry is growing every day, and Deb thinks that soon the everyday woman will be booking in treatments regularly. "I truly believe that the treatments that we provide will be as commonplace as having your hair dyed," Deb says. "Nobody wants to look older. I anticipate that in the next five to seven years everyone will be having our treatments."
Deb purchased Australian Skin Clinics and came on as CEO eight years ago, shortly after moving to Australia from her native United Kingdom. She had started her career in retail, working for chain stores like Debenhams, which gave her extensive experience in all facets of business. In the 1980s, Maggie Thatcher was empowering women in the United Kingdom, and this empowerment made it easy to grow and accept one promotion to the next. When I was very young, I started in office administration and was quickly promoted to administration manager, then regional administrator seconded to store-opening teams. I had the opportunity to gain experience in audit, stocktaking, security, goods receipt, warehousing, display, maintenance, and on-floor sales. I worked in just about every aspect of the business.