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Message from the President


AGM 2016


I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year, although maybe that seems a long way away now.

We finished 2016 with the last of the London events and a Christmas celebration with mulled wine and mince pies. Protecting Your Brand – the Big Debate part 2 was inspired by Part 1 where the debate at Making Cosmetics in March 2016 engaged an enthusiastic audience. This second helping was chaired by Jackie Searle, with Jack Ferguson, Ed Carstairs, Emma Meredith, Jason Matthews, Carol Treasure and Stewart Long on the panel; there was a lively debate and a lot of questions answered by the panel, which highlighted some of the key concerns in the industry.

Then on the 12th January we began 2017 with the last 2 presentations from London College of Fashion students, Irmak Atabek and Nichola Roberts, who also gave fantastic presentations. It's wonderful to see that the industry will be in the safe hands of these enthusiastic and accomplished students in the future. They were followed by Dr Steven Sheil, Director of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs for L'Oréal UK & Ireland, speaking on Is Beauty Skin Deep. There was a fantastic turnout on a day that saw snow fall in London for the first time this winter and the audience were rewarded with an educational and highly entertaining lecture. A brilliant start to the year.

The Council, Committees and GPC have all been working over the year and and we now have a framework for the new Fellowship category of membership. The Fellowship category is to recognise members who have promoted the cosmetics industry through science, education and innovation and shown a personal commitment to the SCS through contribution and participation. The full proposal and requirements will be on the agenda at the AGM as a change to the SCS constitution will be required to implement this new membership category. The Fellowship membership category is one that I feel is particularly important as the ‘Member’ category can be achieved early in your career and recognition for seniority in the industry is needed. Please remember that you can use the post-nominal letters MSCS while you are a member of the SCS and we will be publishing guidelines on how to use these on the website shortly.

So the New Year has kicked off well and we are looking forward to a successful 2017. February will see the joint lecture with the British Society of Perfumers and the events organised by RDG Wales and West and RDG North. Then March will see the Medal Lecture and the presentations for the DLC – I hope to see you at as many of these events as you can make!

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