SCS Council and Committees

SCS COUNCIL 2024 – 2025

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 SCS Head Office or Committee Chairs, and remember, there are openings on Council every year.

Officers

2024 SCS Council

JOHN LOFTHOUSE – President

I started my working life in the laboratories for Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis) before moving into a commercial role with the chemical distributor Ellis and Everard. At this time (in the early 90s) I was working more with cosmetics companies. Though the early products were more commodities rather than specialities, I began to get interested in the industry. In 1993 I got my first dedicated cosmetics job with a distributor called DF Anstead, then an Ellis and Everard company. I loved the market and the people and joined the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. I continued to work with personal care ingredients throughout my career, always fascinated by the excellent research done in the industry. I had the pleasure of being on Council for 5 years from 2005, chairing the Scientific Program for much of this time. I joined CLR Berlin, the well-respected cosmetic active ingredient developer, in 2007 as Global Sales and Marketing Director. This gave me the chance to work with people all over the world and get deeply involved in the international cosmetics market. This was a great experience. Pleased now to be back on SCS council and focusing once more on the UK industry.

DANIEL WHITBY – Vice President

I have over 25 years’ experience working in the personal care industry and have excellent knowledge of the current market and future trends as well as expertise in formulation, innovation and clinical testing. I currently work with Smink Laboratories as Chief Scientist, leading the company’s scientific expertise to engage and enable successful development and launches of client products. I have previously worked with Lake, Alba Science, Cornelius and Boots. I am a member of, and previously chaired, SCS RDG North and am a part-time lecturer and course consultant at the University of Sunderland for the BSc Cosmetic Science course. I am also a regular contributor to industry journals and conferences. This is my second year on Council.

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SHONA BEAR – Immediate Past President

Like many people of my generation I fell into the cosmetic industry by accident and more than 30 years later I’m still working in an industry I love. I worked for a number of contract manufacturers as a chemist before joining Marks & Spencer as a technologist in the early 90s. I have enjoyed 3 periods at M&S over a 20 year period as well as time as Director of Quality for a manufacturer and Head of New Product Development for Bulldog. I am currently Quality and Technical Manager for Superdrug leading a team of 10 technologists covering all own brand development across beauty and healthcare. I have been involved with the SCS since I joined the industry and studied for the Diploma in Cosmetic Science during my first year in the industry. I was first on Council in 2015 and chaired the P&R Committee. I have been a member of the Social Committee since 2016 and became Social Secretary in 2021. I believe we still need to raise the profile of our industry and all the good science behind the products we develop.

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STEWART LONG – Honorary Secretary & Chair of Membership Committee

A biochemist and cell biologist by background, I accidentally joined the cosmetics industry when Unilever advertised for a cell culture scientist. I am glad I did because it has proven to be an endlessly fascinating and varied career. After 8 years with Unilever in dental, hair and skin research, I joined Boots. I spent 12 years in various roles including claims substantiation manager and Scientific Adviser for Skincare, thoroughly enjoying all of it. I then spent 5 years with Dow Corning, based in Belgium, as Global market Leader for Skincare Ingredients before the opportunity came up to join Cutest in 2015. My current role is CEO of Cutest Systems, providing claims, user studies and safety testing. I was hugely honoured to be SCS President in 2020 and I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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TONY GOUGH – Honorary Treasurer

Tony Gough has a PhD in organic chemistry and has worked in R&D/technical roles within the personal-care product industry for 32 years. He is Technical Service Director at Innospec UK and previously held management/senior management roles at Unilever, Alberto-Culver, COSi, Surfachem and ISP/Ashland. Dr. Gough is on the Praesidium of the IFSCC, due to become President of the IFSCC in the London Congress year, 2022, and is a past-President of the SCS.

Council Members

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EMMA CATCHPOLE – Honorary Education Secretary

After completing a degree in Medical Biochemistry and after a short time working for the NHS I discovered the world of cosmetic science – joining Boots, now the No7 Beauty Company in early 2002. I started my career formulating lipsticks and since then I have been fortunate enough to work on a number of different brands and technologies across colour, skin care and bath, body and hair. I have remained working in formulation for the majority of my 19 years at WBA, but in that time have also had the amazing opportunity to lead the setting up and organisation of our science apprenticeship scheme. That is what has given me the passion for supporting the education and coaching for those joining or already in the industry. This is my second year on Council.

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WILL COOK – Council Member

I started out in cosmetics just as Steve Jobs was unveiling the first iPhone and have been involved with the SCS for nearly as long. During that time I have had the pleasure of working in several great companies and with even more great people in a range of technical and technical adjacent roles.

The Society was a massive help in my early career and I learned a huge amount from both the SCS Diploma and the PPCS course, the latter of which I have to thank for my current role as Sales Director at Adina. This access to true experts helped and still helps to cut through the noise that surrounds and can even overshadow the great scientific work that we know goes on in our industry.

This is my first year on council and it has been a few years since I have been actively involved with the SCS. I am excited to give something back and help create a society fit for the next 17 years.

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GABRIELA DANIELS – Council member and Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee

I am a Programme Director for the science courses in London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London, UAL) and an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Computer Engineering (University College London, UCL).

I obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering with a specialisation in the technology of cosmetics and fragrance materials in Bulgaria, and after moving to the UK worked in technical roles in fragrance companies and a raw material supplier.

I then became involved in setting up the first UK degree course in cosmetic science at the UAL and have taught cosmetic science and technology for over 20 years. I now lead academic teams in the planning and delivering of academic programmes, curriculum development and strategic partnerships.

I am also involved in research projects focused on cosmetic innovation and technology, as well as inclusivity in cosmetic product design. I have published and given talks on these and other cosmetic related topics at industry and scientific events and am passionate about raising the profile of the cosmetic science education and careers and enhancing further the scientific standing of the industry.  This is my first year on Council.

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ANNE-LAURE FONTENEAU – Council member & Chair of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science Committee

I have Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering in Cosmetics (University of Science Montpellier II) and Industrial Cosmetology (Industrial Pharmacy Institute of Lyon) and have worked in the cosmetics industry in R&D for over 15 years. My experience includes defining strong purpose-led formula development strategy and leading teams from all backgrounds to deliver innovation. My responsibilities now include sustainability, an area I am particularly enthusiastic about as I feel the cosmetic industry has a key role to play. I have worked with J&J in France and Italy, Cosmarida in the UK and now work with The Body Shop (Natura & Co Group). I have been keen to join the SCS Council for many years to get more involved in this dynamic and exciting group of trusted experts in the industry that I love. This is my second year on Council.

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NURIA LIMA – Council member

I graduated with a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2018 and went on to attain the SCS Diploma in 2020. I have been in the cosmetics industry since graduating, starting with roles where I worked with waxes, and then moving on to product formulation in various labs in the South East of England. I am a big advocate for FutureSoc and form part of the committee – I believe being a Council Member will encourage further participation of our members with all things SCS. I am also part of the Scientific Programme Committee and hope to bring valuable insights to both the Council and our Society.

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SHANELLE N. MENZIES – Council member 

An Overseas Registered Pharmacist with four (4) active years of practice within the Clinical and Manufacturing settings of both Hospital and Community Pharmacies. My exposure to Cosmetic Science first came about during my placement year at a Children’s Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica where I was responsible for compounding Sterile and Non-Sterile formulations including Dermatological preparations for In-Patient and Out-Patient use.

Further exploration into this niche area led me to becoming the recipient of 11 of 12 postgraduate offers across the UK- all which catered to the Science behind Cosmetics and/ or Pharmaceuticals. I eventually pursued my Masters in Formulation Science at the University of Greenwich, London upon being conferred their International Scholarship Award in 2020.

From being a Student Ambassador of Greenwich where I promoted and engaged secondary students on career pathways available in Pharmacy, Cosmetics and the wider STEM — to now being an Ambassador of the Society where I fully advocate for alliances with international students, recent graduates and the most junior members of our industry through my serving on the SCS #FutureSoc Committee, alongside the British Beauty Council Future Talent STEM Ambassador programme.

I now have 2+ years’ experience in the industry and this will be my first year serving on Council with such a diverse and multifaceted team. Afterall, representation does matter.

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RACHAEL POLOWYJ – Council member 

I am Development Manager & Product Manager at IMCD UK Ltd. I have a masters degree in Cosmetic Science from the University of the Arts London – London College of Fashion, and my research paper where I studied how to alter the penetration rates of active ingredients into the skin by amending the formulation chassis, was published globally as well as being presented as a poster at the IFSCC congress in Munich.
With over 50 articles published, I am also a regular scientific journalist and recently co-authored a chapter in the ‘Discovering Cosmetic Science’ book – published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Cosmetic Scientists, where I debunked common myths relating to ingredients such as silicones or parabens in collaboration with Emma Meredith from the CTPA. In 2022 I won a prestigious ‘Rising Star’ award from the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) organisation.

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AMY POULTON – Council member

During my Chemistry Degree at Newcastle University my love of cosmetics led me to discover the world of cosmetic science and I’ve been working in the industry ever since. I started my career at P&G; working in product development for their prestige fragrance brands creating products for Hugo Boss, Stella McCartney and others. I then worked for Coty doing the same job after they acquired this portfolio before moving on to WBA where I worked in formulation for skin care. I now work for Croda in Business Development covering the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region for the beauty care portfolio. This means I get to work with customers across the region, helping them create amazing cosmetics using Croda technologies and constantly learning more about the technology and the cosmetics industry and trends in EMEA and globally. As well as my degree I also have the SCS Diploma in Cosmetic Science. I am one of the founding committee members of FutureSoc, which aims to help more junior members of the society network and learn more about the industry, which is something I am very passionate about.

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CAROLINE RAINSFORD – Council member

I first joined the cosmetics industry in 2012, working for L’Oréal UK and Ireland as a Scientific Advisor. In 2016, I moved to CTPA as a Scientific Information Officer and joined the SCS! I have been fortunate enough to increase my knowledge and passion for cosmetic science, safety and communication to become Head of Scientific Services at CTPA in 2019. My background is in chemistry – I graduated from the University of Oxford in 2011 with a Masters degree. My role at CTPA focuses on developing the Association’s scientific strategy, managing ingredient issues and promoting our communications on the safety of cosmetics. I currently represent CTPA on several committees at Cosmetics Europe and I am the Chair of the Expert Team Ingredient Monitoring and Assessment committee, bringing together knowledge and expertise from a variety of ingredients issues. I am actively involved in advocacy with the UK Government on issues concerning cosmetic ingredients and its wider chemicals strategy. I am looking forward to contributing to the crucial work of the SCS through my membership of the Council.

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TUMI SIWOKU –  Social Secretary

Over the last 13 years in research & development, I have had the pleasure of working across toiletries, haircare, skincare, colour cosmetics and suncare for several global brands and manufacturers. Currently I’m the Principal Chemist at Beauty Science Labs, working exclusively with The Gel Bottle Inc on leading on product innovation in the nail care sector. ​
Award-winning chemistry professional, (Bsc) Cosmetic Science Alumni, and STEM advocate with an innovative and entrepreneurial flair. Fortunate to have had the opportunity to have spoken at No.10 Downing Street, universities  and schools on the importance of diversity & inclusion within STEM careers

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MONIKA SZYMANSKA – Council member 

Currently working for Superdrug as part of the Own Brand product development team, with nearly 10 years of experience working within the beauty industry. Following completion of my Cosmetic Science degree from LCF, I have developed a strong technical background, regulatory expertise and excellent focus on trends and innovation, whilst working for high end founder led companies, family run businesses and a nationwide retailer. I have gained my experience working in NPD, regulatory, technical and supply roles. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience with others to help grow the industry and guide other professionals.

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