Irish Spa Association appoints Melissa Jones as general manager

New role will support and connect members as they embrace the challenges and opportunities in the spa and wellness market in Ireland


By Mark Smith

30 March 2023

Melissa Jones has been appointed general manager at Irish Spa Association.

Her role will support the aims of the association and connect members as they embrace the challenges and opportunities in the spa and wellness market in Ireland.

An industry veteran of over 15 years she has worked at Fota Island Spa and at The Spa at The Kingsley.

Jones’s focus will be on supporting Peigin Crowley and Anita Murray, founders of the Irish Spa Association, in their work. She plans to bring industry peers together to meet, share information and to help each other, and to create open conversations about the challenges that are important to members, working with them to create solutions.

“From the day the Irish Spa Association was formed I was an advocate, I truly believe it was created with complete love and compassion for the industry and everyone who works in it. I am proud to be part of that mission and that purpose.”

Melissa Jones

General manager, Irish Spa Association

A passion for spa

Jones began her career working in office and quality management, and trained in beauty therapy as that was her passion. Working in salons and spas at weekends to build her experience, in 2007 she joined the team at Fota Island spa as a spa therapist. Here she developed a range of skills in many roles, including spa manager.

In 2015 she was involved in the set up and the opening of The Spa at The Kingsley, eventually transferring there full-time as spa development manager.

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The Irish Spa Association supports members with a range of networking events

“I am honoured to join the team at the Irish Spa Association and look forward to working with Peigin Crowley, Anita Murray and all our members to continue to build our amazing community,” Jones says. “Having worked in the spa sector for over 15 years and counting, in many different roles, gaining experience in all aspects of running a successful spa, I understand the challenges we face.”

About the Irish Spa Association

The Irish Spa Association (ISA) was established in 2019 to foster professionalism and growth within the spa industry by providing community resources and networking opportunities facilitating real-time discussions around critical issues affecting our sector.

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