Winners of the Shine Your Light Awards 2023 announced

By Mark Smith


By Mark Smith

15 November 2023

Recognising outstanding individuals in the spa and wellness industries, the Shine Your Light Awards winners for 2023 have been announced.

An award ceremony was held in London as a showcase for those who have made an extraordinary contribution to charity or community.

Going above and beyond their role, these individuals were praised for having demonstrated passion and commitment to their profession, often giving up their time to raise money for charity or to support people in their community.

Organised by Michelle Hammond, founder of tpot education, the awards are designed to highlight the hard work and dedication of work of people who are often not recognised for the valuable contributions they make.

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“These awards are about showcasing the positive impact and power we have in making a marked and measurable difference in the lives of those we touch.”

Michelle Hammond

Founder, tpot education and the Shine Your Light Awards

The awards were judged by industry experts including Paula Perkins, Beata Aleksandrowicz, Sunita Passi, Helena Field, Nigel Franklyn, Mark Smith and Michelle Hammond.

“The calibre of entries this year has been incredibly high, said Hammond. “So much so that in some of our categories we shortlisted four and five finalists, rather than our usual three.”

“It has given us all as judges a real challenge – but what a reflection on the sense of purpose and possibility from within our industry”.

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Inspirational consultant of the year Anni Hood (centre) with Tanya Wheway (left) and Erin Lee (right)

“These awards are about recognising and rewarding those that go up and beyond in the care of the clients, colleagues and community”, Hammond continued.

“Individuals who elevate the true beauty of our industry and are driven by heart, passion and purpose to unleash the full power of their touch in all that they do and in all that they are.”

The 2023 tpot Shine Your Light Award winner are:

  • Inspirational Therapist (employed): Ciara Ryan of the Spa at The Kingsley
  • Inspirational Therapist (freelance): Fiona Murphy, oncology skincare specialist and founder of Sparkle Through Chemo
  • Inspirational Trainer: Emma Holly, founder of Restore Scar Therapy
  • Inspirational Leader:  Laura Meeson, director of spa at Journey Hospitality
  • Inspirational Consultant: Anni Hood, founder of Well Intelligence
  • Inspirational Charity Contributor: Yvonne Ebdon, general manager, UK Spa Association
  • Inspirational Contribution to Health & Wellness:Tanya Wheway, founder of Wheway Lifestyle International
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The awards event attracted industry colleagues from across the UK and Ireland
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Elli Reagan of Journey Hospitality and Laura Meeson of Premier Software

The Shine Your Light Awards event was held at Refettorio Felix, a drop-in centre and community kitchen serving vulnerable people in Earl’s Court.

It was a fitting location for an event that is about giving back to the community, said Ali Kingsley, chief executive of Refettorio Felix.


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Marie Tudor, CEO Skcin and Yvonne Ebdon, UK Spa Association
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Zoe Williamson, HydraFacial and Fiona Brackenbury, skincare expert

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