Meet the Team: Alexandra Smith

4 Leisure Recruitment are delighted to introduce our new team member – Alexandra Smith. Please, can you give her a huge welcome! Alex is heading up the Spa Division and looking after the Central London area working on permanent roles as well as managing our Central London Temp Team.

Alex Smith at 4 Leisure Recruitment

Here’s more about her…..

Hi Alex, please tell us a little about you. 

Hi, I’m Alex, I’m originally from Liverpool and relocated to London in 2014 after working onboard cruise ships.  Since qualifying as a therapist, my passion for and interest in the spa and skincare industry have grown and grown both professionally and personally.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am most excited about being able to build great relationships with our spa partners and provide a reliable service of the highest calibre of therapists that fit the induvial needs of each spa.

What experience do you bring to the team?

After beginning my career working onboard 5* luxury cruise ships as a therapist, I soon progressed to a management level and since have worked in various management roles from Spa Manager, Treatments Manager, Front of House and Retail Management.

I believe I can offer insight and specialist advice to both our clients and candidates to not only provide a successful temporary service but to introduce and place the right candidate for the right role.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a dancer, I began ballet at the age of two and even performed in some professional stage shows as a child.

If you’d like to talk to Alex about your permanent or temporary leisure industry staffing needs, please call us on 01895 450640

Meet the Team: Tom Lewis

We’re delighted to introduce the latest addition to the 4Leisure Recruitment team.

Meet Tom Lewis! Tom has joined the Health and Fitness permanent division & with his extensive industry experience will certainly be a great asset to our established team.

Tom Lewis of 4 Leisure Recruitment

Hi Tom, please tell us a little about you. 

I am Tom Lewis. I have always had a passion for Health & Fitness, having been in the leisure industry for over fifteen years. In my younger days, I played football at semi-pro level. Nowadays I’m more accustomed to watching football whilst looking after my two dogs!

What are you going to be doing at 4Leisure Recruitment?

I will be working mainly in the Health & Fitness Division working on permanent roles, however, I will also be looking to work across all sectors in leisure to support with recruitment solutions throughout the industry.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am excited to work on placing great people into great roles, networking with people in and out of the industry, and continuing the great work 4Leisure Recruitment do! Having been in communication with the team for some years now, I am delighted to now be part of it.

What experience do you bring to the team?

Having spent over half of my life working in the industry in a wide variety of roles, from Leisure Assistant to Regional Business Manager, with roles such as GM, Operations Manager and Fitness Manager in between, I believe I can offer specialist and expert advice on the key attributes required to offer the foundations of a successful candidate, whilst using my network of candidates to source these great people.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a footballer, however in my mid-twenties it suddenly dawned on me that I lacked not only the looks of David Beckham, but the ability also! 

Thanks, Tom, and welcome to the team! We’re excited to have you on board.

To see our latest Health & fitness jobs, please visit Health and Fitness jobs

To learn more about the team here at 4Leisure Recruitment, visit us at Meet the 4 Leisure Recruitment team 

Meet the Team: Our Beauty Temps Specialist Charlotte.

Introducing Charlotte Salaman. Charlotte busies herself by supplying temps to a wide range of luxury spas across the UK. She is a fully trained beauty therapist, and has come from a career in spa management.

Charlotte Salaman

We asked Charlotte some questions about being a temp and how she went about getting into the beauty and spa industry.

What’s it like to work as a temp?

“Although I now manage temporary therapists, I have also previously been a temp myself. I loved the flexibility of temping and being given the opportunity of working in a variety of different hotels and spas. This increased my experience within a broad spectrum of environments.

When I was booked in for my first beauty therapy temp job,  I was nervous as to what to expect when I arrived. I wondered if I would fit in with the team, know where I needed to be, and more. I had no need to worry at all – the spas that use temporary therapists understand you are coming into a new place of work and will always try their best to make you feel like part of the team, show you round the spa and give you a chance to ask any questions, so you feel confident starting your shift.

The different spa environments I was introduced to helped me to expand upon my experience and achieve a higher skill level in my beauty career. Seeing the way different spas were ran assisted me enormously when I finally worked my way up to Spa Manager, as I was able to utilize different aspects to improve the way in which I was running the spa.

Temporary work does seem daunting to start with, however once you have adapted to the way it works it can be a brilliant way of gaining experience within a spa environment, with the added benefit of shifts to fit around you. Give it a go, and I’m sure you will love it!”

How does someone get into the spa industry?

“There are certain qualifications that are required in order for you to be able to practice as a Beauty Therapist, so I have put together a brief guideline on how to ensure you are qualified to the right level and ensure you are able to pursue the path you are passionate about.

In order to be able to go to college and study Beauty Therapy there are different paths that you can take:

NVQ Level 2 and 3

The NVQ qualification is broken into two separate one year courses, where different theory and practical aspects of beauty therapy are covered. Level Two will include facial, hair removal, eyebrow and lash treatments (tinting and perming for example), manicures and pedicures, and health and safety within a spa environment. You will also cover the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body.

You will then move into your second year of the course, which is your NVQ Level 3. This is more of an advanced course, where you will cover modules such as facial and body electrics, Swedish Massage, and a basic understanding of salon management.

BTEC National Diploma in Beauty Therapy Sciences

In order to be able to study BTEC you need to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs, which include Maths and English. It is a very similar break down to the NVQ Level 2 and 3; however BTEC is one solid two year course rather than two separate one year courses. It is also considered a higher qualification than an NVQ, as NVQs are qualifications which can be awarded by training organisations and cover a wide range of subjects – BTEC are very tightly governed qualifications in a limited amount of subjects which tend to be controlled by colleges. You also will cover additional treatments in the time you are at college that you wouldn’t be qualified in through the NVQ, such as Indian Head Massage, aromatherapy massage, spray tanning for example.

I would also advise that whilst you are at college, to find a spa or salon that is willing to take you on as work experience, even if this is voluntary work. Work experience stands you apart from others newly graduating from their course, as you will have an understanding of how a spa runs and what is expected of you when you actually start working as a beauty therapist.”

Why did you get into the spa industry?

“Most therapists I have asked this question to have told me it was because they loved the idea of working in an environment where they get to pamper people and make them feel beautiful. Where they get them come in to the salon or spa and leave later feeling happy and content, which is a great answer and an amazing part of the job. However the reason I decided to go into the spa industry was because I was fascinated in the more holistic side of beauty therapy. I was curious as to how muscles worked and how massage can benefit the human body in so many different ways. I always loved coming to the end of a massage on a client and seeing the relaxed state they were in simply from a treatment that sometimes may have only lasted thirty minutes.

I also love working in a role where I have a client base that you can build a relationship with – clients who then become committed to only you for their treatments.  The feeling of having a regular clientele you can build a rapport with and who come to you for their time out each week or month is an amazing feeling!”

The beauty industry is an amazing environment to work in, fast paced and buzzing, and never ever dull!”

Thank you Charlotte. We shall let you get back to finding those perfect temps for spas and salons now!

If you’d like to work as a temp in the beauty industry, please contact Charlotte on