After graduating in Modern Languages (French and German) from Jesus College, Cambridge University, in 1984, I worked in print newspapers and magazines until joining Croda Chemicals Ltd as Sales & Marketing Executive, working across a range of industries. Here, I gained my introduction to the cosmetics and personal care industry. At the first ever in-cosmetics exhibition in Birmingham, I met Nancy Allured, Publisher of Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, a leading international scientific trade journal, which I then joined as European Representative in 1993. I remained there until 2015, when I took some time out from industry, giving me the opportunity to volunteer for Hull City of Culture 2017, spend more time with family and cut back on travelling. I even did some flower arranging classes!
A long-time member of the UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists and participant on the Northern Development Group committee, I was delighted to be able to lead the Education Project for the Society, reviewing and reporting on its education and training activities from 2017-2018. This led me to become passionate about cosmetic science education, both professional training and in schools and universities. Despite being a ‘non-scientist’, I have worked for many years in communication on the technical and scientific side of the industry and am committed to spreading the word about the science behind cosmetics to help the consumer understand more about the products they use.
I strongly believe in the power of networking and collaboration, especially with a strong international focus, which is why I am supporting the UK Cosmetic Cluster. In 2018, I re-joined the Allured Business Media team as their freelance European Correspondent and have worked on the steering committee of the Cosmetic Cluster since its inception.
I am delighted to be working with CCUK to progress the current initiative for an education and skills pipeline review in cosmetic science and to help grow the UK Cosmetic Cluster. I was very proud to receive the membership certificate for the international clusters group on behalf of CCUK at the Cluster Conference hosted by Cosmetic Valley in Paris last October.