New Timely board member: Deb Farnworth-Wood
I’m excited to announce a new appointment to our board of directors. Deb Farnworth-Wood is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the medi-aesthetic franchise Australian Skin Clinics. Born in Kenya and raised in the UK, Deb brings to Timely a deep knowledge of the global beauty/aesthetics industry.
Our board of directors have a pretty important role here at Timely. For a start, they’re responsible for appointing our CEO and making sure we have the best person in that job. So I’m pretty invested in the decisions they make! They also have their eyes on, and beyond, the horizon. Making sure we identify and help industry solve the big challenges and take the big opportunities that are coming in our future.
At Timely, we have four core values and the first is Customers are our Sun. This means we never forget that we’re only successful when our customers and our industry are successful too. Our job is to enable your success through tech. Having strong representation of our customers on our board of directors is one way we can keep achieving and getting better at this.
Deb rounds out our board of five directors which include:
A bit more about Deb
Deb Farnworth-Wood is a serial entrepreneur, and the founder of the world-leading medi-aesthetic franchise Australian Skin Clinics. Born in Kenya and raised in the UK, Deb’s remarkable story is one of moving to the other side of the world to retire – only to build a $70m business.
Having spotted an opportunity to build a successful franchise model, Deb moved her family to the Gold Coast in 2007 and got down to work. She launched the franchise in 2011 and five years later, she had grown the business to 60 clinics across Australia and New Zealand and reshaped an ailing skincare brand, scooping up multiple awards in the process. She was named Gold Coast Woman in Business of the Year 2017, and was a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2016.
Deb’s career has been punctuated by ‘firsts’. She was the first non-doctor to become a partner in a UK medical practice, and her group were the first non-pharmacist to own a UK pharmacy. She also opened England’s first drive-thru pharmacy. It’s a testament to her incredible vision and passion for the aesthetics industry that she continues to push the boundaries of business to this day.
Now her mission is to share her wealth of business expertise and experience – both good and bad – with as many entrepreneurs and business owners as possible. An experienced speaker with a vibrant presentational style, Deb is renowned for bringing business fundamentals to life. She is an expert in areas including:
- Succeeding as a woman in business
- The building blocks of entrepreneurship
- Establishing a franchise from scratch
- The aesthetics industry
- Organisational culture and driving staff performance
- Management structure and systems – knowing your numbers and business KPIs
- Theft and embezzlement in business
Welcome to the crew Deb! It’s wonderful to have your industry nous and business expertise to help guide Timely forward.