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SGS Filton

Staff Biographies

Ruth Mitchell

How long have you worked at SGS?

This is my third year at SGS College, having previously taught at other FE colleges and schools whilst continuing my industry work.

What do you teach/specialise in?

I specialise in theatrical and media make-up, ranging from straight to character make-ups in TV, film and theatre. I teach a wide range of industry skills across: fashion & photographic make-up, airbrush make-up, camouflage, casualty FX & special effects make-up, theatrical characters, face and body art, and prosthetics. Teaching across a variety of courses from levels 2-4.

What is the best thing about your job?

I most enjoy being able to pass on my skills and knowledge to my students and watching them grow in confidence and ability throughout the course. I always like to see them develop during study at college and afterwards as they go out into industry work.

Where did you work previously/doing what?

I have worked freelance for 16 years in the industry working as a make-up artist and modelmaker in TV, film and theatre.  Graduating from the London College of Fashion in 1996 in Specialist Make up for TV, Film and Theatre, my first job was with The English National Opera working in make-up and wigs at The Colluseum.  A variety of TV & theatre make-up jobs across the UK followed, including productions at GMTV, Endemol, Sky TV, and the BBC.  Working on films and high budget TV productions expanded my experience within industry.

Soon after starting out as a make-up artist I followed my other interest of puppet and prop making. Working as a modelmaker I worked on various TV, Film & Theatre productions and exhibitions making props and puppets.  I worked at Aardman Animations for several years working as a specialist painter, becoming the Puppet Painting Supervisor for their feature films. Across these diverse make-up and modelmaking jobs I have developed a very wide range of skills that I now bring to my teaching and development of courses as SGS College.

Having successfully developed these new courses at the Filton Campus over the past 2 years, I constantly look for further course developments here at SGS College such as higher level courses, work experience opportunities, competitions, industry visits and activities for my students to be involved in for future.

Tracey Channon

How long have you worked at SGS?

This is my third year at SGS College’s Filton Campus. 

What do you teach/specialise in?

I am the course leader for level 3 complementary therapy which includes aromatherapy, reflexology, Swedish massage, business studies and anatomy and physiology.  I also teach level 1 and 2 beauty therapy.

What is the best thing about your job?

I love teaching and passing on my experiences and knowledge to my students. Seeing the enjoyment on their faces after they have completed a module will always make me smile as it shows my passion for my job has passed on to them.

Where did you work previously/doing what?

I worked for City of Bristol College for four years as a lecturer for level 2 and 3 advanced body treatments.  Before teaching I worked at the Celtic Manor resort as a Spa Team Leader/Head Therapist and also owned my own Decleor Salon with three treatment rooms, two nail bars and a tanning room using St.Tropez and fake bake tanning products.

In my career I have been lucky enough to have worked and trained with many beauty therapy companies such as Clarins Face and Body, Elemis Face and Body Care, Guinot Skin Care, Decleor Face and Body Care, St.tropez, Fake Bake Tanning System, Creative, Nailtiques and Jessica Nail Systems. I also trained in  the London Academy with Sterex to specialise in electrolysis.

I feel with my experiences of the industry and my passion for teaching, I can give my students the best training at the highest of standards that are expected of them within their career journey.