Standards Authority for Touch in Cancer Care (SATCC)
Ethos, Standards and Quality

The SATCC has been created by professional experts from the industries of health, wellbeing and SPA. From education, training and products it is made up of a varied group whose goals and ambitions are the same for the industry.

Our intent is to act as an industry governing body that promotes and supports the needs of individuals touched by cancer and to engage and empower therapists and employers with a quality education standard that is nationally recognised.

Our mission

To create a national standard enabling those touched by cancer access to appropriately qualified therapists.

Board members

Chair and Founder Sue Harmsworth is an inspirational and visionary leader who over the past 45 years has shaped the spa industry as we know it today.  She founded the global brand ESPA in 1993 and sold it in 2017.  Sue is responsible for the design of over 500 award winning spas in 65 countries and for creating ground breaking products, treatments and wellbeing programmes globally.  Read more here


Kush Kumar’s career background has been diverse in nature, reflecting versatility, spanning Education/Training, Retail, Health, Wellbeing and SPA therapies sectors, combined with experience of business ownership, leadership and management. He has written and delivered qualifications for Universities, Awarding Organisations and worked with Ofsted participating in inspections. Read more here


Lisa Barden Former Chair of the UK Spa Association and board member since 2014. My goals for the industry are to open up spas to welcome more people, more often to lead a life towards wellbeing. Read more here


Christine Clinton the founder and CEO of Christine Clinton Cancer Care, an education company specialising in teaching therapists how to safely and effectively work with guests living with cancer in a Spa Setting.
Christine has been in the spa and wellness sector for over 30 years and is certified in many modalities including Massage, Skincare, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Energy Medicine and Mind Body Medicine. Read more here


Kim Ford is a Global industry expert and owner of Beauty Enterprise Solutions, Consultancy, and Training, specialising in education, business start-ups, business turn around by training developing and motivating individuals and lead multi-skilled teams to achieve their full potential, quality assurance checks and expert witness services. Read more here


Diane Hey Chief Executive, employer, practitioner and educator. Diane Hey founded Armonia Health & Beauty and Armonia Training Academy, in 2000, government approved to provide specialist apprenticeships to the sector across England.  Read more here


John Holman is a massage therapist and trainer holding numerous qualifications. I have over 50,000 hours of hands on experience.
In 1990 I designed a massage system to protect the wrists and backs of therapists called Hydrotherm. read more here


Marian Hook, worked with ESPA for 23 years, firstly managing the ESPA Global Design Division and latterly as Director of Training, managing a team of internationally recognized training managers and heading up new treatment development. Here, she worked with Wellness for Cancer developing and adapting massages and facials for spa guests living with cancer, as well as designing the therapist training to support this. Read more here


Marc Innes owner and Principal of the School of Natural Therapies – a massage and holistic therapies academy, which has grown into one of the busiest training academies in London. Marc began his career in the NHS, working in several managerial and training roles within the Ambulance Service – culminating in the role of Superintendent at London Ambulance Service Control Centre.  During this time, he looked after patients suffering from cancer and receiving medical treatment. Read more here


Debbie Moore has worked in the beauty industry for 29 years. Director of Cedars Health and Beauty Centre and the International Beauty and Holistic Academy (IBHA) and also a co-founder of the Amethyst Trust, a charity that developed a training course for therapists to learn how to confidently and competently massage people living with cancer and to be able to welcome those clients into their salons and spas. Read more here


Julie Speed has worked in the beauty industry for 35 years, including working in education and being salon based. Julie held the position of General Manager of BABTAC for 4 years and was also previously a board member for the UK Spa Association. Read more here


Amanda Winwood, Made for Life has been instrumental in opening doors to people with cancer.  It has been a life changing experience – for us, the therapists we have trained and above all the women and men who have been able to walk into a spa and receive a treatment, having been turned away.  Read more here


Jennifer Young has a BSc (Hons) in Biology, is an experienced microbiologist, a nutritional therapist, an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a qualified aromatherapist, beauty therapist and product formulator. She has two post-graduate qualifications one in a health-related field and the other in Law, has been accepted by the Courts as an expert witness for occupational health cases, has taught internationally and has been active in medical research. Has a BSc (Hons) in Biology, is an experienced microbiologist, a nutritional therapist, an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a qualified aromatherapist, beauty therapist and product formulator. Read more here


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