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Kylie Carlson

- Creative Business Coach

For nine years Kylie ran a highly successful London based wedding and event business, planning and designing events around the world for an enviable list of high profile clients. After selling her company in 2003 she moved to Australia where she spent a year on the five-star resort of Hayman Island managing their onsite events as Operations Director.

After coming off the island she was looking for a change and it was then that the idea of sharing her knowledge by starting an online Academy for the wedding industry was born. Ten years later as CEO of the Academy of Wedding and Event Planning she manages 6 regional virtual campuses across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, UAE, South East Asia and North America. Through the Academy she has helped launch the careers of over 3,000 wedding professionals and is a business expert for the industry.

Kylie also has her own YouTube Channel and is a sought after speaker around the world. Through her personal brand she offers an intensive online business school for creative entrepreneurs, CEO School, along with a business retreat held in locations globally.

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CHRISTINE LIGTHART

- I Do Crew

Christine is the Director of Education for the Academy and our lead Tutor. She is involved with all of our campuses and has been with the Academy almost from the beginning. She has helped many students to achieve their goals, including the launching of their own business and takes great pleasure in their success.

Christine is a qualified Journalist with a passion for events, business and sales & marketing and has loved finding a way to use her skills within the wedding and event industry. She has worked as a Corporate Event Manager for a major Bank and a number of community & business organisations and she recently founded the I Do Crew, which specialises in offering On the Day Coordination services and supplying Event Staff. Currently this business operates in Australia and New Zealand only, but Christine has plans to expand overseas. This is great news for Academy Graduates, as Christine only hires our Students and Graduates to work on I Do Crew weddings.

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LIZZIE WATERSON

- Elizabeth Jean

Lizzie has over 11 years’ experience in the retail, catering and event management industry and prides herself on her background and diversity of knowledge. She has planned, styled and executed celebrations from an intimate 18 to large scales of over 120+ guests. From 5 weeks’ notice to 18 months.

She is the proud owner of Elizabeth Jean Weddings and Events originally established in 2012, but officially launched in Australia in 2014. In mid-2016 she relocated back to her home country of New Zealand and her business now operates in the North Island. Lizzy offers a personal commitment and dedication to all her students and loves sharing her knowledge.

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LISA MACALE

- Wedding Business Coach

Formerly the Creative Director and Owner of Brisbane based Wedding Planning and Styling business Willow Tree Creative, Lisa now works as a Tutor for the Australian, UAE and New Zealand Wedding Acadamies. Her job includes tutoring students through their courses specialising in Wedding & Event Planning, Styling and Design.

Her styling work has been featured in several top International Wedding & Lifestyle Magazines and Blogs. She was also named one of the Top 25 Stylists in Australia by Modern Wedding Magazine, a top Stylist by The Lane and one of the top 15 Wedding Stylists by Truly & Madly.

Over the past several years she has truly enjoyed coaching and mentoring students as they make the transition from student to successful business owner. Her passion has moved from styling beautiful weddings and events to teaching and inspiring others as they make the steps towards launching and growing their own businesses in the Wedding & Event Industry. Lisa now offers mentoring through her personal brand on top of her duties with the Academy.

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Dee McMeeking

- Wedding Stylist and Floral Designer

Dee has trained with the UK Academy of Wedding & Event Planning undertaking a Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling & Design.

It was in the classroom that she learnt to perfect the art of thinking on your feet, crisis management, creative thinking and forward planning! In her words “organising and planning 30 ten year olds for six hours a day, five days a week, is more challenging than planning the most complex of weddings!” So after 7 and a half years of teaching 9-11 year olds and planning her own wedding, she decided she would quite like to set up her own wedding business. So she did. And she is now a fully trained wedding planner, wedding stylist, & floral designer and has worked on over 250 weddings since graduating from the Academy.

Alongside her company she now works an Academy Tutor on the Diploma in Floral & Event Styling and Certificate in Wedding Styling.