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Savvy Business Consulting/ Deb Farnworth-Wood in conjunction with Sharon Jurd Events

Deb Farnworth-Wood is the founder of the Australian Skin Clinics Franchise.  She is an MBA graduate, a Certified Franchise Executive and serial entrepreneur. She has incredible vision and passion for the aesthetics industry where she has immersed herself for 10 years but she has nearly 30 years’ experience in the management of large, complex and multi-disciplinary health care organizations, She also has significant experience in the multi-outlet retail sector having held a variety of store and head office roles in Debenhams as well as big shed DIY and home furnishings retailers.
Deb also has a track record for business disruption. She was the first non-GP to become a partner in General Practice in the UK and in doing so changed the rules for a wave of managing partners that followed, she opened the first drive-through pharmacy in England and with her doctor business partners became the first non-pharmacist group to be permitted to open a UK independent pharmacy.


In 2007 Deb made the momentus decision to sell her UK businesses, move across the world to Australia with her family and "retire" aged 44. After a brief spell of relaxation she realised that she had more goals to kick and set about building another successful business, with no network, no contacts and as an anonymous new arrivee in Australia.


Deb describes the next 10 years as the most difficult yet exciting of her life during which time she studied franchising, built a successful franchise brand, a shopfitting company and an equipment supply company. She also founded an RTO and turned around a failing skincare company.

 Deb says that during that time, she encountered more staff theft and embezzlement than she had seen in her career previously and witnessed "The Ugly Face of Beauty" - the title of her new book.

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