• Organising Committees
  • Steering Committee

Judi Beerling

STEERING Committee Chair

Gem Bektas

Secretary General - Society Cosmetic Scientist

Lorna Weston

Special Advisor

Dr. Barbara Brockway

Sponsorship Committee

Dr Tony Gough

IFSCC president elect

Dr. Majella Lane

Scientific Committee

Clare Henderson

Media Committee

Judi Beerling – Technical Director Pertech Associates Ltd

Judi has been a passionate cosmetic formulator for her whole career and has spent much of the last 15 years sharing her knowledge of the rapidly evolving area of green formulation and sustainability. Prior to that she spent a large chunk of her working life in the fragrance industry working on fragrance applications and many innovation projects for major clients. 

Apart from running a formulation laboratory, she has lectured and given workshops around the world. Her consulting work has nurtured a number of international companies, small and large, in their quest to become greener. She holds an MBA from the Open University Business School and is a Chartered Chemist. 

Judi has held many honorary roles in the Society of Cosmetic Scientists UK & Ireland over several decades. She was the President in 2008-9, is an Honorary Member and held the position of Honorary Treasurer and Council member for a fourth time finishing in May 2016. She has now turned her attention to the role of Chair of the Steering Committee for the 2022 32nd IFSCC Congress in London. As a member of the Steering Committee for the previous UK 2002 Congress in Edinburgh she was responsible for the much-enjoyed social events. Judi spent 7 years on the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) Praesidium, as Honorary Secretary and then Treasurer, between 2004 and 2011.

Gem Bektas

Gem is the key point of contact for the Society of Cosmetic Scientists and the 2002 Congress, being the Secretary General. Gem has been part of the full time Luton office based Secretariat staff since 2007 and was promoted to Secretary General in 2010 when Lorna Weston retired from the position. Gem ensures the Society runs smoothly and efficiently, communicating with the Council, President, members and many different external bodies, as well as being at almost all SCS events as the face of the Society. 

Lorna Weston

Following a career as a Production Secretary with a major TV company and several years as a travel representative in both Italy and France, Lorna joined the SCS and IFSCC as Secretary General in 1986. She retired from the Society of Cosmetic Scientists in 2010, of which she was made an Honorary Member, but continued to work part time for the IFSCC until retiring at the 2015 IFSCC Conference in Zurich, Switzerland. During her working life she travelled extensively to SCS events in the UK and Ireland, to IFSCC events worldwide, as well as to related industry exhibitions. During her time as Secretary General of both organisations, she worked closely with the many Presidents, Officers and Council of the SCS, the IFSCC Praesidium and Congress/ Conference host societies. Her wide ranging experience of having attended at least 29 IFSCC congresses/conferences is an invaluable resource to the 2022 Steering Committee.

Dr Barbara Brockway

Consultant in Cosmetic Industry, (Speciality Chemicals/Supply Chain Transparency)
Past President, Hon Member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists,
Chair In-Cosmetics Formulation Summit (London)

Barbara started her career in Biochemistry over 30 years ago after studying Microbiology at college. She went on to graduate from the University of Kent, UK with BSc Hons & PhD in Biochemistry. After postdoctoral research she lectured at Reading University in aspects of Food Science and Technology. Her areas of interest are wide and include DNA Technology, Rheology and the Microbiome.

In 1993 Barbara joined the cosmetic industry working at The Body Shop as Head of Applied Research and is proud to have been a key member of the team who developed their hemp range and to have inspired food-based concepts such as Body Butter. Her career then took her to New York where she worked for Dr James Hayward, then CEO of Collaborative Laboratories on Stony Brook University, campus. After extending her stay in America to manage Huntsman LLC Personal Care laboratory in Austin Texas, she returned to the UK in 2004 and worked for the next 12 year as Scientific Advisor for Personal Care in Sales & Distribution at IMCD.

Barbara became a Forensic Cosmetic Scientist, when she joined Dr James Hayward, now Founder and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences, in New York. Her wealth of experience in both developing and distributing cosmetic materials, makes Barbara the ideal person to work with brands and suppliers to secure their global supply chains and achieving radical transparency.

More recently, as Chair of the prestigious In Cosmetics Formulation Summit, held annually in London, and as an invited author contributing to The Secret Life of Skin webpage, she has expanded her interests to include areas such as AI, Augmented Reality and the impact of Next Generation Sequencing revealing the skin microbiome, on the cosmetic industry.

Dr Tony Gough

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.

Dr. Majella Lane – Director, Skin Research Group
UCL School of Pharmacy, London, United Kingdom

Majella holds a degree in pharmaceutical science and a PhD in membrane transport and her major areas of expertise include delivery of actives to and through the skin, biophysical approaches towards the elucidation of active skin and formulation skin interactions, mechanisms of active absorption in skin and topical formulation design and evaluation. Majella acts as a consultant to a number of cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science and she serves on the editorial board of a number of cosmetic and pharmaceutical science journals. Her research group collaborates worldwide and she also hosts visiting scientists from academia and industry in her laboratory.

Clare Henderson

Clare Henderson is an independent writer and consultant working in the cosmetics industry. Her wealth of experience includes editing SPC magazine and Cosmetics Business for many years. For the last seven years she has worked closely with both the UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists and the IFSCC.