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Meet the Council 2018/19

SCS COUNCIL 2017-2018

How well do you know your SCS Council? Find out a bit more about the Council members and their involvement with the SCS here. The Committees always welcome new faces and opinions so if you’d like to get involved please contact the Secretariat or Committee Chairs. And remember, there are openings on Council every year.


picture of Grace AbambaGRACE ABAMBA – President
I graduated from Aston University with a combined honours degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology. I qualified as a teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and worked in further education, teaching Human Biology and Chemistry. During this time I developed a keen interest in the science behind cosmetic products and went on to study for the SCS Diploma in Cosmetic Science where I won the Hibbott Memorial Prize. After completing my Masters in Biotechnology and Applied Molecular Biology at UCL, I spent the early part of my career in R&D as a development chemist, formulating novel personal care and household products. I have 18 years’ experience in the retail industry, working on branded and private label consumer goods in product development, quality and supplier management and have launched many exciting product ranges across beauty and other categories. I revived my cosmetic consultancy as DreamSolutions, providing support to the industry in technical and quality matters; running Mary Kay skin care parties an was also a lot of fun. Anyone who has worked with me knows that I love to sing and dance and follow a certain football team in North London. I recently joined BRC Global Standards as Certification Scheme Manager for Consumer Products. I have supported the SCS for many years: lecturing on the college course, playing a key role in setting up the Diploma in Cosmetic Science Distance Learning Course as its first course manager, writing the original Skin and Skin Products Modules. I have served on Council and currently serve on SP and P&R Committees and as an SCS Science Ambassador. 

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MARY LORD – Vice President 
I have been a Member of the SCS for over 30 years and have been a big supporter of the Society’s aims and ambitions. I am a former Chairperson of the ICTA Irish Cosmetic Toiletry Association and a former Board member of Cosmetics Europe (formerly Colipa). I began my career in cosmetic science in Beechams as a Formulation Scientist developing formulations for brands such as Brylcreem, Badedas and Silvikrin before moving to Smith and Nephew where I worked as a Microbiologist. I moved back to Ireland where I have enjoyed a very successful career in Oriflame, working in Senior positions across the spectrum from Laboratory Manager to Global Quality Assuranace Director to Manufacturing Director to Senior Vice President of Oriflame’s Global Research and Development, a role from which I recently retired. I grew the R&D Team from a small team of 30 to just over 150 scientists across multi-disciplinary scientific disciplines and functions. Notable achievements include: establishing the Oriflame Skin Research Institute in Stockholm, establishing a clinical testing centre (Oriderm) in Dublin and establishing an R&D centre to deliver a wide portfolio of high quality products. I am a passionate and committed cosmetic scientist and a management professional, known for strong leadership alongside a capacity for collaborative and innovative ideas.

I am currently Group Business Development Manager for IMCD BV. I trained via the apprenticeship route, studying pharmacy with The Apothecary Hall of London and Nottingham University while working for Boots the Chemists. After qualifying in 1987 I joined Henkel as Quality Control Chemist, moving to the company’s Cospha (Cosmetics & Pharmaceuticals) team as Technical Service Chemist after two years. That was the real start of my career in personal care. I did the SCS Diploma in Cosmetic Science in 1989 (winning the HIbbott Memorial Prize that year), before it became a distance learning programme and when it was run by the Polytechnic of Central London. I then taught on the course and am still involved as an exam question setter. In 1999 I became the UK Technical Service Manager for Personal Care & Homecare after Henkel became Cognis, then in 2007 spent three years heading up the UK Pharmaceutical Business Unit for Cognis before moving into distrubution when I joined IMCD UK in 2010. I first joined the SCS in 1989 and joined the Scientific Programme (SP) Committee in 2009, chairing the Committee when I was elected to Council in 2014 and until I joined the presidential tract.

picture of Mojgan Moddaresi 2018MOJGAN MODDARESI – Honorary Treasurer 
I am a senior safety assessor and a regulatory expert at Personal Care Regulatory Ltd. I graduated as a pharmacist (PharmD) in 1998 and worked in different roles such as formulation scientist, regulatory and QC in pharmaceutical companies. In 2004 I was awarded a scholarship from UAL and was the first PhD graduate in cosmetic science from LDF. During my time there I also worked as a visiting scientist at King’s College London, pharmaceutical division. My research was focused on using nanotechnology to enhance the efficacy of cosmetic product from natural origins. After this I gained further experience working with a cosmetic contract manufacturer (London) and a biopharmaceutical company in (Cambridge) in different formulation and regulatory roles. I joined the SCS in 2004 and soon became involved in the SP and P&R Committees as well as the working group for SCS Formulate. I joined Council in 2013 and took over as IJCS Chair before becoming Honorary Treasurer in 2016. I am a Chartered Biologist and a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, where I gained valuable experience of the treasurer’s role as Treasurer of the Society of Biology, Essex Branch from 2014-15.

picture of Barry Winslett 2018BARRY WINSLETT 
Honorary Secretary & Membership Committee Chair 
I was educated in London and Kingston Universities and worked in chemical manufacturing and distribution selling into the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries over a period of many years. This includes a long period as an International Sales Manager responsible for Scandinavian, African, Middle East, Asian and Australasian markets. My last position from 2004 until May 2016 was with IMCD UK Ltd as an Account and Product Manager. I retired in May 2016 but continue to play an active role within the SCS. I have served on Council on two occasions since 2009. I was chair of the Publicity & Recruitment Committee from 2013 to 2015 and have been the Society's Honorary Secretary and Chair of the Membership Committee for the last three years.



picture of Barbara BrockwayBARBARA BROCKWAY – Council member & RDG Wales & West Chair
I have a BSc and PhD in Biochemistry from Kent University where I worked for over 6 years on the mechanisms responsible for collagen synthesis. I then lectured at Reading University in the Food Studies department and diversified into cereal science and technology as well as sugar chemistry. In 1993 I joined the Body Shop and was fortunate enough to be in at the beginning of 'hemp'. My responsibilities were always more towards sourcing and understanding raw materials so it was an easy step for me to move to Collaborative Laboratories in New York in 1999 and to work on liposomes, high shear dispersions and actives. In 2003 I joined Huntsman in Texas but the frailties of my mother and aunt, (both by now in their 90s) made me decide to leave the world of surfactants and sunshine and come home and join IMCD. However I have now joined Applied DNA Sciences which means I will now be spending some of my time back in the US. I was President of the SCS from 2013-2014 and took over as Chair of RDG Wales & West in 2015. I rejoined Council in 2017. 

picture of Jane EvisonJANE EVISON – Council member 
After graduating in Modern Languages from Jesus College, Cambridge University, I worked in print newspapers and magazines until joining Croda Chemicals as Sales & Marketing Executive, working across a range of industries from automotive to personal care. Brought together by Croda and the first ever in-cosmetics exhibition, held in Birmingham, I was introduced to Nancy Allured, Publisher of Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, which I joined as  European Representative from 1993 to 2015. More recently, from 2017-2018, I worked on the Education Project for the SCS, reviewing and reporting on its education and training activities. I am an active committee member and former Chair of the Northern Regional Development Group and a long-standing member of the Membership Committee. In early 2018 I rejoined the C&T team as freelance European Correspondent. Joining Council provides an ideal opportunity for the continuation of my involvement in the Education Project. I have also taken over as Chair of the Publicity & Recruitment Committee.

picture of Sam FarmerSAM FARMER – Council member
I am a brand owner for a range of unisex personal care products for teenagers. I studied Urban Economics at Sheffield Hallam University before pursuing a career in television production. I joined the SCS in 2011 as a student and took the Distance Learning Course in 2012. As part of being a brand owner I have been invited into many schools, colleges and UTCs to talk about all aspects of the Personal Care industry, which led to me becoming an Ambassador for the SCS Scrub Up On Science schools programme. I regularly attend industry conferences and SCS lectures and have spoken at Making Cosmetics, Formulate and the Science Behind Beauty event at the RSC. This is my third year on Council.

picture of Sarah GladstoneSARAH GLADSTONE – Council member
I currently work for Rahn UK as Technical Sales Manager and previously worked with Schuelke. I joined the SCS in 2005 and have been on the SCS Wales & West Committee since 2009. In 2011 I was co-opted onto Council as Social Secretary for the SCS and served in this role until 2016 when I stepped down from this role and became a member of Council. An avid rugby fan, I was have been Secretary of the Harlequins Supporters’ Association.

picture of Amanda Isom 2018AMANDA ISOM – Education Committee Chair
With 18 years’ experience at the CTPA (Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association), I have been in my current position as Technical Affairs Manager since 2011. The role includes dealing with ingredient and technical issues, in particular PIF requirements, nanomaterials and the EU Cosmetic Product Notification Portal as well as representing CTPA on several committees at Cosmetics Europe. I am also responsible for managing CTPA’s corporate, consumer and educational websites. I joined the SCS in 2006 and have been a member of the Education Committee since 2013. I have attended many SCS events and have completed both the PPCS and DLC diploma, for which I am now a contributor and marker. This is my third year on Council and after co-chairing the Education Committee last year I am now Chair.

picture of Stephen KirkSTEPHEN KIRK – Council member 
I am a Toxicologist by profession and have worked in the cosmetic industry for over 22 years. I worked in the R&D laboratories of Boots UK as a safety assessor for more than 20 years, where my responsibilities involved all safety-related aspects of the product lifecycle management process. I left in 2016 and set up my own consultancy business, SK-CRS Ltd, which provides consultancy to cosmetic companies on all attributes related to cosmetic safety and regulatory compliance. I Joined the SCS in 2012 and over the past two years have become more active in Society activities, particularly the Scientific Programme (SP) and Education Committees. As a member of the SP Committee, I was involved with organising the 2018 ‘Science in a Bottle’ Conference as well as being a member of the SCS Formulate subgroup. This is my first year on Council.

picture of Stewart LongSTEWART LONG – Council member
I’m a biochemist by background, with a degree from Liverpool University and an MSc from Manchester University, and now have over 25 years’ experience in the beauty and health care industry. I began my career with Unilever, initially in the dental research group, before moving into skin care research there for eight years, followed by 12 years at Boots in various roles including Skincare Scientific Adviser across all Boots brands globally. I have a number of publications and patents to my name and have presented at conferences around the world. I joined Dow Corning in Belgium in 2010 as Market Leader for Skincare and then for Medical Device Materials. After nearly six years I returned to the UK in November 2015 to join Cutest Systems as CEO. This is my third year on Council.

picture of Denise McLavertyDENISE MCLAVERTY – Council member 
A one-year student placement at SC Johnson was my first introduction to the realms of product formulation of household brands. Time spent in the Air Care department kick-started a keen interest in fragrance and how it could be used in anything from fine fragrance to toilet blocks! In the late 80s I took a Certificate in Perfumery course at South East London College, followed by an MSc in Chemical Research at Imperial College, London in 1990. Faced with two very different job offers – Shell and IFF – it didn’t take me long to decide. While working for IFF as an Applications Chemist I joined the SCS and completed the Diploma in Cosmetic Science at LCF on day release. After a career break, I returned to the industry as an independent consultant at Robertet. I have always been passionate about the value of education and the second part of my career has been focused in this area, working in the secondary school environment for a number of years, first as a teaching assistant, a librarian and most recently (after my PGCE training) as a Chemistry Teacher. This is my first year on Council.

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LORNA RADFORD – Council member 
I have a first class Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge where I studied Natural Sciences (specialising in Chemistry but also covering aspects of Materials Science, Physics and Maths). I first joined the industry as Technical Development Chemist for Aston Chemicals and now run Enkos Developments, a new and exciting formulation consultancy that develops high quality formulations based on sound scientific understanding and great awareness of products and trends. I enjoy sharing knowledge with others and encouraging people to achieve their goals. I have completed a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification, attained the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, and jointly ran a Girlguiding UK Unit for over five years where I helped organise weekly meetings and larger events for 20+ girls aged 10-14. I joined the SCS in 2013, successfully completed the SCS Diploma in 2014-2015 (I was awarded the Hibbott Memorial Prize for highest mark and the SCS/SPC essay prize for best essay). I have participated at SCS Formulate as both visitor and exhibitor, where I have presented seminars and my ‘Silly Stringy Springy Bath Jelly Putty’ formulation was a 2015 Laura Marshall Award finalist. This is my second year on Council.

picture of Andrea TomlinsonANDREA TOMLINSON – Council member & Scientific Programme (SP) Committee Co-Chair
I have been in the personal care industry for over 25 years, working with market leading ingredient suppliers in a range of positions including sales, marketing, formulation technology and R&D. I started in the industry working with Croda on the development of cosmetic proteins before joining their application team at Cowick Hall. I worked for eight years within application technology and became an experienced formulator. I currently work for BASF as Marketing Manager Personal Care for the UK, Ireland and the Nordics where I am responsible for promotion of new launches, events and exhibitions and liaise closely with customers and distributors, particularly on technical projects. Prior to the acquisition of Cognis by BASF, I worked for Cognis in both sales and marketing roles. I also have regional responsibility for hair styling topics including steering new developments and launches. I love working in the personal care industry and have recently completed a Diploma in Professional Marketing. This is my second year on Council and I am now co-chairing the Scientific Programme Committe with former Chair, Laura Kirkbride.

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MUSTAFA VARCIN – Council member & International Journal of Cosmetic Science (IJCS) Committee Chair 
I am currently R&D Director for Hammer Holdings, owner of Urban Retreat. Prior to this I was a Course Leader for the LCF integrated MSc Cosmetic Science, where I was responsible for its academic leadership and management, including design, development and delivery of the curriculum. I have a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium and during my PhD studies I co-supervised Masters' theses in a range of pharmaceutical disciplines. My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. My teaching at LCF covered the chemistry and properties of cosmetic raw materials, formulation technology, cosmetic legislation, product safety and production and I hold the UAL Student Union Teaching Award for excellent teaching. My main research interests have included skin barrier function and epidermal antioxidant activity, development and efficacy testing of dermo-cosmetic formulations and safety assessment of finished cosmetic products. This is my third year on Council and my third year as Chair of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science (IJCS) UK Committee.


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DANIEL WHITBY – RDG North Committee Chair 
After finishing university in Nottingham I was working in the biology department of a local college when I applied for a job as a formulation chemist at Boots, not really knowing what cosmetic formulation was or even that there was a cosmetics industry in the UK. I ended up staying at Boots for 10 years, moving from formulation to innovation and finishing in claims testing. In 2007 I moved to Cornelius, which gave me the opportunity to further develop skills in a sales oriented environment. I joined Alba Science as Development Officer in 2016 but recently returned to ingredients as Business Manager for Lake Personal Care. I have to confess it was not until I joined Cornelius that I actually became a member of the SCS and I then became actively involved as part of RDG North. This is my third year as Chair of the Committee.

picture of Jessica FlynnJESSICA FLYNN – RDG Ireland Committee Chair 
Since graduating in 2010 with an honours degree in chemical science from the Dublin Institute of Technology, I have progressed my career within the skincare arena of Oriflame R&D. Beginning as a Graduate Chemist and progressing to a Senior Technology Chemist for the skincare and colour technologies team. This has given me the drive to research and contribute to formulations for Skincare launches within the Oriflame world. During this time I have also completed the SCS diploma in Cosmetic Science and recently achieved a Masters in Management from the National College of Ireland. Joining the Scientific Programme committee as member in 2014 allowed me to gain experience from the hard working and extremely enthusiastic committee members. This has enabled me to organise the annual RDG Ireland events with other colleagues from Oriflame R&D. We have begun to build contacts with Irish Universities, independent cosmetic companies and skincare consultants from around Ireland and this success will hopefully continue for future events.

picture of Heidi BannisterHEIDI BANNISTER – Social Secretary
I am Managing Director of Arthur Edward Associates and have worked in FMCG recruitment since 1998 and exclusively within the cosmetics and toiletries market since 2002. A complete Product Junkie, I spent 15 years within global product development, sales and marketing positions for manufacturers and brand owners within the cosmetics and beauty industry. Initially training in hair and beauty, I won the student of the year award at the LCF in 1984 and then went on to win the 1988 London Livewire Business competition and secure 3i investment for a small manufacturing operation that I had literally set up at the kitchen sink. I joined the SCS in 2011 and am also a member of BSP and CEW as well as a regional coordinator for LGFB. I spent three years on the SCS Social Committee before taking over as Social Secretary in 2016.

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