Superdrug’s Shona Bear becomes president of Society of Cosmetic Scientists
Shona Bear, Superdrug’s quality and technical manager, has been appointed as president of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.
In her new position, she will work closely with the society’s immediate past president, Sam Farmer, to drive its five year modernisation strategy. In the next year, the society will continue to promote education, research and collaboration to advance the science of cosmetics, and will also look to work more closely with other industry groups on joint concerns affecting the sector.
Bear said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the president role at the SCS and am very much looking forward to helping the society to achieve its mission to inspire, inform and connect.
“I am truly passionate about cosmetic science, and I want to make sure that it is accessible to everyone. Last year we launched the Introduction to Cosmetic Science Course, which is a module designed for people with a non-scientific background who want to learn about the real science of the cosmetic industry.
“In my new role, I’m keen to continue to support and promote this course and help more people have a scientific understanding of the beauty products they use every day. I would also like to thank everyone at Superdrug for their continued support throughout my career and in my role at SCS.”
Bear became a member of the society shortly after she entered the cosmetic industry in 1989 and in recent years has been actively involved on several committees. The aims of the society include promoting high ethical standards in cosmetic science, advancing the science of cosmetics and toiletries, maximising the accessibility of society activities, and encouraging participation throughout the profession.
She will also be working closely with members of the Superdrug team, including colleague Monika Szymanska, who has been elected as a member of the SCS council. Amber Duke- Cohen at Superdrug is also actively involved in the society as a member of the social committee and will work closely with Bear to develop a plan for a social programme in the coming year. Meanwhile Betty Cheng from Superdrug will be joining the society as part of the membership committee.
Simon Commins, chief commercial officer at Superdrug, said: “We are delighted for Shona as she takes on her new role as President. Superdrug as a retailer is really dedicated to investing in the development and support of the next generation, and so to have several members of the team going out and doing that in other areas of the industry is great to see.
“We congratulate Shona, Monika and Amber on their new roles and look forward to seeing the work that the SCS delivers over the next year.”