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Message from the President


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Jackie searle – PRESIDENT 2017/2018

So it has really happened. I am the 2017/2018 President of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists, and very proud and honoured to be so. Everyone told me that the year as VP is your training ground to watch and listen and learn, which seemed fine and achievable, and then all of a sudden it’s finished and you have the Chain. Last year Ruth Borner achieved a lot as our President, including the creation of the new Fellowship grade, setting up the process of CPD certificates for members to retain their chartered memberships, working with GPC and P&R for the Society towards becoming a member of the Science Council, plus all the work that she has put in alongside Steve Barton, Emma Meredith and all the committee Chairs on the ongoing modernisation of the Operations Manual.

Many initiatives that have already been started will continue to be progressed by the new General Purposes Committee (me, Ruth Borner, Grace Abamba, Barry Winslett and Mojan Moddaresi) along with all the early preparations for IFSCC 2022, which will be in London.

There are 2 key areas that will be my focus during my Presidential year. The first is Scrub Up On Science. We are now in the third full year of this brilliant schools programme that was conceived as an idea and initially designed during the presidency of Robin Parker. Since then the programme has been completed and rolled out to hundreds of schools across the UK and Ireland. The SUOS committee is devoted to constantly improving and developing the programme. Last week we judged this year’s competition entries and have selected the 6 finalists that will attend Finals Day later this month. I’ll update you on that soon.

My other focus is how we can open the doors of our Society to encourage more new members and to get more existing members involved and interested in our activities. We are looking at new shows and events where we should be present; for example we recently attended The Big Bang Show in Birmingham and The Afro Hair & Beauty Show in London. If you have suggestions for events where you feel we should be please let us know. We are looking to work with other societies and organisations where there could be interesting connections, so again if you have an idea please get in touch.

I know the year will whizz past so every day counts. If you have an idea please get in touch today. I look forward to hearing from you.











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