Judi Beerling

STEERING Committee Chair

Gem Bektas

Secretary General - Society Of Cosmetic Scientists

Lorna Weston

Special Advisor

Dr. Tony Gough

IFSCC president elect

Dr. Majella Lane

Scientific Committee

Dr Mustafa Varcin


Dr. Majella Lane

Scientific Committee Chair

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 2022 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 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.

Dr Mustafa Varcin has a background in Pharmaceutical (MPharm) and Cosmetic Sciences (AS) with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). He completed his studies summa cum laude. His PhD project was part of a consortium that brought together 5 Flemish research groups and industry partners & was funded by the Flemish funding agency VLAIO (formerly IWT-SBO). His research is published in peer-reviewed journals & presented at international conferences. During his PhD, he also served on the Royal Belgian Association of Cosmetic Chemists’ board as Scientific Advisor.

Dr Varcin was appointed as External Advisor for the development of the first UK postgraduate one-year MSc Cosmetic Science course in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. He is an Honorary Academic and works together with the academic team on different educational and research activities, including supervision of an interuniversity PhD project. In addition, he is also an Honorary Visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Life Science at De Montfort University in Leicester. Before his current role, he was the Course Leader for the integrated MSc Cosmetic Science course at UAL, and responsible for the academic leadership and management, including design, development & delivery of curriculum. Dr Varcin received the UAL Student’s Union Teaching Award for ‘his excellent teaching & guidance of students during their academic development’. His teaching covered a wide range of subjects relevant to cosmetic science & he supervised projects from year 1 to Masters’ level.

He is a Council Member of the SCS since 2016, Co-Chair for the International Journal of Cosmetic Science committee, IFSCC 2022 Congress Steering Committee Member, Head of IFSCC 2022 Congress Sponsorship committee & leads the pre-Congress educational workshops. In May 2019, he was elected as an Honorary Treasurer for SCS. Dr Varcin is responsible for two units on the SCS Cosmetic Science Distance Learning Course. He has rewritten the unit on Principles of Marketing (including Branding) and has reviewed the Consumer and Market Research unit. He is an Associate Member of the British Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Member of CEW UK & he was on the International Advisory Board of the IFSCC 2019 Golden Book.

In his previous role, Dr Varcin was responsible for R&I and management of new product development projects in the beauty division of Hammer Holdings in London. He supported early stage & established beauty businesses from target to market and acted as a key liaison between brand founders & industry partners.

Currently, Dr Varcin works for Cosmetics Europe and is actively involved in the current state-of-the art Long Range Science Strategy (LRSS) programme that is supported & funded by a consortium of Cosmetics Europe members & which focuses exclusively on developing safety assessment strategies for cosmetics using alternatives to animal testing. He works together with industry experts on innovative projects & different major scientific initiatives to promote NGRA (next generation risk assessment) & NAM (new approach methodologies) for safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients & finished products and to facilitate their regulatory use. Together with industry experts, Dr Varcin is preparing a new global five year science programme with focus on human health & environmental safety that will be launched soon.

Some other facts about Dr Varcin – born in Belgium to Turkish parents. Lived in Antwerp, Brussels, London & now back to charming city of Brussels. He needs his daily caffeine shots, is a fan of Belgian chocolates & good food.

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.

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. 

Dr. Marc Pissavini

Marc Pissavini Ph.D started his career in the cosmetic industry in the field of Analytical chemistry in 1997. In 1998 he joined the Sun Research Department of Coty-Lancaster Group where he became Director of the Basic & Applied Research in 2008 specialising in the study of roughness of supports and photoprotection. Marc is a frequent conference contributor and publishes many articles to further innovation within the field. He is also an active member of several specialist industry groups including AFNOR, or FEBEA and has been Chairman of the Sun Protection Methodology Task force for Cosmetics Europe, ISO and CEN group, since 2012.  Marc is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

Dr Russell Elliot – Senior Vice President,
Pharmaceutical Development

Dr Russell Elliot, PhD, has served as Senior Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development since January 2019. Dr. Elliot has been with Foamix since May 2016, and previously served as Vice President of Drug Development. He has over 25 years of industry experience, previously holding positions as Head of Skincare Technology at Lonza Inc. from 2015 to 2016, Head of Product Development at Stiefel (a GSK Company) from 2011 to 2014, Head of the Center of Excellence for Liquids, Cream and Ointments at GSK (UK) from 2007 to 2011, and Principal Scientist at Procter & Gamble from 1992 to 2007. He has filed more than 60 patent applications in the area of skin care formulation. Dr. Elliott has a PhD and MA from the University of Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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.

Dr. Bruno Cesar da Silva Sil dos Santos

Dr. Bruno is a pharmacist who moved from Lisbon to London in order to pursue a PhD in Medicinal Organic Chemistry after receiving his 6-year PharmD degree from the Egas Moniz Higher Institute of Health Sciences (ISCSEM). After graduating with a PhD from University College London (UCL), Bruno established his career as a Postdoctoral research fellow in different research groups. His work has led to the translation of knowledge across the fields of pharmaceutics / chemistry and new emerging technologies (i.e. additive manufacturing). Bruno has also gained valuable industrial experience working for companies such as Recipharm and GSK. He maintains close ties with former collaborating institutions as an associate researcher for the UCL Skin Research Group where he co-supervises several PhD projects with Dr. Majella Lane. Bruno is the co-chair of Skin Forum, a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Cosmetic Science and continues to collaborate with internationally renowned research groups in the fields of topical formulation and advanced biophysical tools to study the skin.

Dr Chan is the IFSCC Advisor for Asia Pacific and immediate past Chair of Public Relations Committee (2014-2020).  Based in Hong Kong, Dr Chan is an Honorary Past President having been Founding President (2003 -2014) of the Hong Kong Society of Cosmetic Chemists (HKSCC). He has served with many other industry associations including HK Beauty Association, where he was Technical Advisor (2017-2019) and the China Association of Favours & Fragrances for Cosmetic Industry (CAFFCI, 2003-2012). He is currently Chief Lecturer at Hong Kong University, HKU  SPACE – Life Sciences and Health Department, where he initiated the Foundation in Cosmetic Science course. As Executive Director (2004-present) of ICJDC he conducts education programs in HK and China, facilitates international communication for Chinese companies and commercialization of research technologies for personal care applications.

Angela worked for 45 years in the Cosmetic industry (1971-2016) and is now retired.  She began her career in R&D before moving into regulatory affairs, manufacturing and production, quality compliance, sales, marketing and even teaching. She worked and managed teams in a wide variety of cosmetics, starting with hair care and then colour cosmetics, skin care, raw materials and evaluation working at companies such as Kolmar, Quest International and Coty. Angela is a graduate of London University, has a number of publications and book chapters to her name and presented numerous papers at cosmetic conferences globally.

Her favourite field was the area of colour cosmetics, using not just science but also creativity and technology. Having worked in the UK, Monaco, Spain and USA she was involved with education programs in Cosmetic Science and multiple other professional activities. 

In 2002 Angela was elected President of the IFSCC at the highly successful IFSCC Congress in Edinburgh having served on the IFSCC Praesidium and been closely involved with the Steering Committee for 2002. Prior to that she held the position of President of the SCS in 1988 when the previous 15th IFSCC Congress was held in London. 

Angela notes that Cosmetic Science has moved on very fast since her professional life ended. She sometimes reflects on how challenging it would be to deal with the emerging areas in of genomics, microbiomes, digital marketing, artificial intelligence, etc, etc… So she is pleased to  leave it to the new generation of scientists and learn from them!

Dr. Peter Hak-Hee Kang is currently working for the Kolmar Korea as the President of the R&D Center. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Enginnering at Hanyang University, and went on for his master’s and doctor’s degree at KAIST and Hanyang University, respectively. Dr. Kang spent some of his career as the Factory manager at the AMOREPACIFIC France subsidiary, where he has had the chance to obtain global knowledge and experience in the field of cosmetics. He was the President of the IFSCC 2017-2018 and is currently the Immediate Past President of SCSK (the Society of Cosmetic Scientists of Korea).  Dr. Kang has published more than 30 patent applications and about 35 research papers, and has received the Jang Yeong Sil Award, KT Award, Award of the Minister of Commerce, Industry, and Energy, and the Presidential Award, the best CTO Award in Korea Industrial Technology association. He has been involved in the cosmetics industry for about 40 years.

A Board member and former President ( 2005 -2009) of the Brazilian Association of Cosmetology and IFSCC ( President from 2013 to 2014 )  Prof Nunes has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology / Cosmetic Sciences at University of São Paulo and is Professor of Cosmetic Sciences and Coordinator of the Cosmetic Technology Course at Oswaldo Cruz College (FATEC). During his professional career he worked in pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies where he was responsible for innovation, research, development, safety and developing efficacy evaluations and quality control areas for final products and active ingredients.  Since 2015, Prof Nunes works in a consultancy capacity and mentors start-up businesses.

Art Georgalas began his career in the personal care industry at Revlon in 1969, moving on to a number of finished product and ingredient supplier firms until 2009 when he formed the technical consultancy GEORGALAS ENDEAVORS LLC.  Art served on the IFSCC Praesidium from 2004-2010 and national and local societies in the US, recently as Chair of COSA for the US National Society and previously as Chair for both the Twin Cities and New York Chapters.  Art has taught a number of SCC CEP courses and instructs cosmetic classes at Fairleigh Dickinson University in their MS programme, where he been teaching since 2005. Art has presented at many technical conferences and events, and published in trade journals and the SCC Journal. He also holds a number of US patents for personal care technologies.

Fujihiro Kanda has a PhD in applied chemistry from the University of Tokyo, and has worked for Shiseido mainly in R&D/technical roles for 35 years prior to retirement in 2017. He currently runs his own business as a technical consultant and teaches at Mukogawa Women’s University as a Visiting Professor. He served the IFSCC Praesidium as the Chair of the Science Committee during the term 2008-2016, and designated as an IFSCC Fellow in 2019. 

Dr. Minamino has been a Board Member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists of Japan (SCCJ) for over 20 years. As part of the Organizing Committee for the 2020 Yokohama Congress she played an integral role in the reception of delegates both domestic and from abroad. She was IFSCC Education Chair on the IFSCC Praesidium from 2012-2015. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmacy from Osaka University and Ph.D. in Medicine from Osaka City University, along with an MBA from the Graduate School of Business Administration of Kobe University. Miki established the cosmetic enterprise “Bellevienus” in 2005, of which she is currently Vice President. She also teaches at Mukogawa Women’s University of which she is a Visiting Professor. Miki became an Honorary Auditor of the IFSCC  in 2020.

Amy Wyatt is VP CHANEL US Innovation and Research, Regulatory Affairs, and Quality Assurance and an IFSCC Past President. She has worked in the Cosmetic Industry since 1993.   She joined CHANEL in 2006 and is responsible for directing the US Research and Innovation in the Fragrance and Beauty category; managing regulatory risk and compliance; and assuring high quality incoming product.    Prior to CHANEL, Amy worked 13 years at Aveda Corporation / Estee Lauder Companies where she was the Director of Skin Care and Makeup.

In 2016, Amy became President of the IFSCC – joining the IFSCC Praesidium in 2006 as Education Committee Chair. She is the co-founder of the Ecaterina Merica Cosmetic Education Programme bringing scientific workshops to economically challenged societies.  Amy developed financial and structural changes to advance the Federation.    She has had the privilege to present at a number of IFSCC societies including being a keynote speaker at the 30th IFSCC Congress held in Germany.

In 2006, Amy was the President of the United States and Canadian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC).   She has been an active member of the Society since 1994 serving in many national and chapter positions.    Amy was awarded the prestigious SCC Merit award in honor of her outstanding service and distinguished leadership.   

Amy is a member of the PCPC (Personal Care Product Council) a US based cosmetic association dealing with scientific, legal, regulatory, legislative and international issues.  She has been an executive committee member of the Science and Regulatory Committee ( SACX) and the Policy Advocacy Steering Committee ( PASC).      

Amy has a degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota.

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