• 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

  • Scientific Committee

Dr. Majella Lane

Scientific Committee Chair

Dr. Paul Cornwell

TRI Princeton

Prof. Paul Matts

Procter & Gamble

Dr. David Moore

Tioga Research

Prof. Anthony Rawlings

AVR Consulting Ltd

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.

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.

Dr Paul Cornwell PhD

Paul Cornwell is a technical consultant and business development manager for TRI Princeton, a leading cosmetic science research institute based in New Jersey, USA.  His role is to provide technical support and consultancy for TRI clients, and to organise scientific courses and events. 

Paul has over 23 years’ experience working in the cosmetics industry working in various leadership roles in Unilever R&D and PZ Cussons.  He has 25+ publications and patents in skin delivery systems and hair fibre science.

Paul is member of the Scientific Programme Committee of the UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS). He is a visiting lecturer on cosmetic science at Liverpool John Moores University and at Sunderland University.  Paul also contributes to the Evaluation and Statistics modules on the UK SCS Cosmetics Science Diploma course.

Professor Paul J Matts – PhD FRSC FRSA

Paul joined Procter & Gamble in 1988 and has spent the majority of his career in R&D conducting research and developing methods to feed the technology pipelines of some of the Company’s largest brands. As Research Fellow, he has specific expertise in sun protection, in the measurement and modelling of skin structure, function and appearance, and the psychology of perception of skin, among other areas. Paul is a regular Keynote speaker and contributor to a wide variety of external academic and industry conferences and meetings, both within the UK and internationally. He is Visiting Professor to the London College of Fashion, the Chair of the Cosmetics Europe Expert Team “Regulatory Aspects of Sunscreen Products” and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a proponent of Community Dermatology and involved in and highly passionate about several projects in Africa related to skin disease and its prevention / treatment using low-cost, sustainable materials. Paul is married with three children and, when he has time, a fanatic UK SCUBA diver and BSAC instructor.

Dr David J. Moore PhD

Dr David J. Moore PhD, FRSC is Director of Scientific Engagement & Business Development, Europe at Tioga Research, Inc, a contract research organisation dedicated to the research and early development of skin-applied products, offering formulation innovation and skin permeation screening services.
Dr. Moore has been a recognized figure in the topical formulation products industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Tioga Research he led skin health R&D innovation and product development for GSK in North Carolina, New Jersey, and the United Kingdom. Earlier, Dr. Moore led R&D groups focused on skin barrier and membrane biophysics, measurement science, skin biology, soft matter, topical formulations and materials science at the TRI-Princeton Center for Applied Dermatology, Unilever and International Specialty Products (now Ashland). Dr. Moore has held visiting academic positions at Rutgers University and Princeton University and served as an industrial advisor to doctoral students at Vanderbilt, Stanford, Princeton, and Rutgers Universities in the US and at the Universities of Newcastle, Durham, Leeds, Edinburgh, University College London, and Imperial College in the UK. In addition to being a regular reviewer for many top journals, David is a co-author of over 100 papers and book chapters in the fields of biophysical spectroscopy and imaging, lipid and membrane biophysics, skin barrier science and topical delivery. He has been an invited speaker at conferences throughout Asia, Europe and the US over the last 20 years. In 2019, David was the co-chair of the Gordon Research Conference on the Barrier Function of Mammalian Skin.

Prof. Anthony Rawlings

Prof. Anthony Rawlings is a leading consultant in the health & beauty industry, where he consults, advises, presented on behalf of and has acted as R&D director for cosmetic companies, food companies, pharmaceutical companies including wound care & dermal delivery companies, retailers and suppliers on functional skin & hair care technologies. 

Prof. Anthony Rawlings brings over 40 years of experience in R&D, including 32 years of research in skin biology at several senior management levels in Food and Personal care companies in the UK & USA. In 2009 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Societies of Chemistry and Biology and to be an honorary member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists and most recently Fellow of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. He is visiting professor at the London School of Pharmacy and now UCL. He is the author/co-author of over 200 papers, book chapters and abstracts and has filed over 50 patents in areas of skin & food science. He was Chief Editor of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2004-2009), was the Co-Chair the Gordon Research Conference on Mammalian Barrier Function (2007) together with many Stratum Corneum conferences and is co-editor of the first and second editions of ‘Skin Moisturization’ published in 2002 & 2009 respectively and ‘Acne and its Therapy’. He is an expert in skin biology especially stratum corneum biochemistry, the mechanistic interactions of cosmetic ingredients with skin and clinical together with objective testing methods.

Dr Russell Elliot – Director-General, CTPA

Dr Emma Meredith is Director-General of CTPA (the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association) which is the voice of the UK cosmetics and personal care industry, representing manufacturers, brand owners, distributors, exporters of cosmetic products and suppliers to the industry. Emma is responsible for the strategic direction of CTPA and is also leading the Association’s work focussing on the UK’s exit from the EU and the future UK landscape; external stakeholder engagement; and international relations. In her former role as Director of Science at CTPA, Emma was responsible for the full portfolio of scientific and technical work at the Association, dealing with many and varied ingredient issues and technical guidance on bringing a cosmetic product to the market. Emma represents the CTPA on several committees at Cosmetics Europe (CE) the European personal care association, including CE Board of Directors and the College of Active Association Members, and is a Vice-chair of the Science Strategic Core Team. Emma is a pharmacist by profession, qualifying from King’s College London. Emma obtained her PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, researching melanogenesis and malignant melanomas –specifically studying the chemistry of thiocarbamides as potential false precursors of melanin. Emma worked as a hospital pharmacist for 7 years before joining CTPA in 2003 as Technical Information Officer. Emma has been a member of the UK Society of CosmeticScientists (SCS)since 2003 and has been privileged to undertake several active roles within the Society, including Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee, Council member, Honorary Secretary and is extremely honoured to be a past President.

Dr Paul Pudney

Paul has a BSc in chemistry from Material Innovation Factory (MIF) in Liverpool University and obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of East Anglia ‘Spectroscopic studies of adsorbates on metal single crystal surfaces’ under supervision of Prof Michael Chesters . After post doctoral studies at the Leverhulme Centre for Innovative Catalysis and the Interdisciplinary Research centre in Surface Science at Liverpool University he worked at the synchrotron at Daresbury before joining Unilever in 1994.

Paul is now a science leader in vibrational spectroscopy and recently moved to Unilever’s Beauty & Personal Care Science & Technology group and is based at the Material Innovation Factory (MIF) in Liverpool University. He has applied spectroscopy in a number of innovative ways to gain further understanding of consumer products and their behaviour in use by consumers. 

He has +60 peer reviewed publications. He was nominated as one of the ‘Prominent Young Vibrational Spectroscopists’ by Vibrational Spectroscopy journal in 2004. He won the Meggers award in 2013, as well being runner up in 2012. He was elected as Fellow of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy in 2015. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

Professor Slobodanka (Danka) Tamburic

Professor Slobodanka (Danka) Tamburic has a background in Pharmacy, with an MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2000, she developed the first UK university degree solely devoted to the cosmetic industry, the BSc (Hons) Cosmetic Science, a predecessor of the current integrated MSc Cosmetic Science at London College of Fashion. She led the course, and later the Science Programme, until 2014, establishing its international reputation. She has also supervised the first PhD in Cosmetic Science in the UK, completed in 2010.

Professor Tamburic has extensive experience in the area of skin research, including pharmaceutical and cosmetic aspects, with more than 150 research outputs in the public domain. She has also contributed to book chapters, patent applications and pedagogic projects. Her research interests encompass the use of structure characterisation methods in product formulation and the assessment of various aspects of cosmetic product efficacy. She is also engaged in multi-disciplinary research, including the use of 3D printing technology and artificial intelligence in cosmetic science.