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Our Team

Meet Our Team


Kathleen Parata

– Founder & Director

As Founder of L&BA Kat has always had a dream to return back to her home land in New Zealand and this year, she has made this dream come true. After eleven long years in Australia and 9 of those years being in the beauty industry, working as a master in lash extensions and eyebrow perfection, Kats goals have always been:

To work from home and have a peaceful home and work life balance by being her own boss and working her own hours

To teach and pass down her knowledge to those in need or want of starting their own home business

Open a salon and connect with a like minded business partner who has the same values and work ethics

Hire staff and open a training academy and lead with our passion for the beauty industry

Have a self- sustained beauty salon & academyin order to step away and overview business goals from another country and only have to return from time and time again

Where to from here Kat? “Since Covid-19 has impacted us and everyone we love in 2020 my goal setting moving forward has mainly been around helping my staff and my students to also sustain a work life balance. My vision to help my tribe is to provide the tools to those I love to enable more work or cash flow especially with the economy and very low access to growth building tools or systems. Already with the help of the Government we have been able to make my part time staff full time and guarantee them more money, teach my staff new skills like becoming teachers themselves in order to pass knowledge onto those who reach out for help, and moving forwards being able to help Kiwi ladies here in New Zealand to do the same.”


Amanda Neale

– Director & Training Coordinator

Amanda moved by herself from England over to Brisbane in 2013 determined to create a new life for herself. Her 10 years experience in media sales gained her sponsorship and residency. Once gained residency, Amanda followed her passion for lash extension into a career and business.

Amanda met Kathleen back in 2017 as a client and student of Kathleen’s. Sharing the same motivation and similar goals, they came together in 2018 and expanded Kathleen’s vision for Lash & Brow Academy to what you see the business as today.

Find Amanda heading training our in class lash students and managing student enrolments and training classes.

2 x certified lash artist of 3 years

L&BA head lash trainer

brow sculpt artist for 3 years

salon manager

content creator

Amanda’s history in sales and passion for developing others has allowed her to evolve training content and coach women on how to do more than just learn a new skill through our academy.



Senior Lash & Brow Specialist

Shelby has been with our team for 18 months since the start of her lash and brow career. Shelby’s loyal clients are attracted to Shelby’s friendly laid back vibe and her ability to create outstanding lash sets on even the most difficult lashes, she is known for fixing up damaged lashes from other salons. Shelby is a mum of 2 beautiful boys, meaning she is only with us part time and books out really quick, be sure to rebook your next appointment with Shelby before you leave to guarantee your next appointment with her.



Lash & Brow Specialist & Trainer

Sascha graced us with her presence and skills in December 19 after working for many years as a lash & brow specialist and make up artist. Sascha’s wealth of knowledge in all things skin, beauty and supplements has our clients leaving with not only the best lashes and brows, but also advice to help their lashes grow longer and stronger. Sascha is our key microblader and is usually booked out 2-3 weeks in advance. Have you been debating new microbladed brows for ages? Come in and see why her work is so in demand.



Client Liaison

Meet the backbone of our salon and academy. Issy looks after all of our clients as well as all of our students. There is literally nothing Issy does not know about our services and courses. Issy comes from a highly successful background in customer service and her passion for her clients satisfaction and drive to always go above and beyond, made her a must have to complete our team. Find her on our social medias doing insightful lives or cute reels or come and say hi to her in salon. She will always greet you with that friendly smile of hers and make you feel at home.



Lash & Brow Specialist

Jamie is our part time lash and brow queen helping us to see more clients on late nights and Saturdays. Due to her limited hours with us, Jamie’s clients rebook quick to make sure they get to see her. Nothing is ever too much for Jamie, and she goes out of her way to ensure her clients leave with “perf” lashes and brows. She is known to spend half of her appointment time making her clients laugh, if you need a good cheer up with your lash appointment, Jamie will make that happen.

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