Katerina is a skincare specialist with substantial experience of working at the clinical, commercial and research interface. She holds a MSc in Clinical Biochemistry, a PhD in Transdermal Absorptions and over 25 years of global work experience in the personal care and wound care industry. Katerina has an in-depth knowledge of skin biology in both its healthy and diseased states, a comprehensive understanding of consumer and technology trends and commercialisation of research in a spectrum of healthcare areas. She has experience of running an innovation consultancy and a private clinic with focus on functional skincare.
Katerina commented, “I am delighted to be joining Cosmetics Cluster UK as a Director and share my lifelong learning and expertise related in particular to Research & Innovation. I am passionate about innovation in personal care, which goes far beyond singular ingredients and touches the health and wellbeing of the society at large. Approaching skincare from many perspectives, as a scientist, clinician and a brand owner, I truly appreciate the importance of a deep understanding of consumer needs, fast translation of science into products and the benefits of cross-functional knowledge-sharing. Cosmetics Cluster UK aims to help highlight the importance of personal care research and innovation to UK export-led growth, employment and the individual wellbeing of consumers.”
With Katerina’s appointment, we are now able to take this opportunity to progress our structure to focus even more clearly on our four pillars by assigning lead board members as follows:
Networking & International Clusters - Lead Jane Evison, assisted by Alastair Gardner
Education & Skills - Lead Gill Westgate, assisted by Jane Evison
Sustainability - Lead Kirsty Mawhinney, assisted by Alastair Gardner
Research & Innovation - Lead Katerina Steventon, assisted by Gill Westgate
In addition, Alastair will continue to lead on the Mapping project and Kirsty on Communications.
We would also like to invite full members to come forward to join four new committees, one for each pillar. Further details on this will be circulated to full members soon.