Archives: Speakers.

Julie Thornton

Julie Thornton is Professor of Cutaneous Biology and the Director of the Centre for Skin Sciences (, at the University of Bradford, one of the most well-known UK academic centres for research and teaching in skin science. She also leads the recently established Skin Microbiome in Healthy Ageing (SMiHA), a multi-disciplinary network which is a… Read more »

Dr Victoria Newton

After completing her PhD at the University of Manchester Victoria went on to become a postdoc focused on investigating skin ageing within the labs of Professor Rachel Watson and Professor Mike Sherratt.  After four years she then moved into the Skin Science Research Team at Boots/No7 Beauty Company, where she has been working for over… Read more »

Dr Katerina Steventon

Dr Katerina Steventon 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… Read more »

Prof. Catherine O’Neill

Cath is Professor of Translational Dermatology and Associate Dean for Business Engagement in the, Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health at the University of Manchester. She received both her B.Sc (Hons) and PhD from the University of Wales (Bangor) where she studied Biochemistry. Caths’ research work focusses on the human microbiome and whether it can… Read more »

Majella Lane PhD

Majella holds a degree in pharmaceutical science and a PhD in membrane transport. 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. To date she has published more… Read more »

Dr Ranjit Bhogal

Dr Ranjit Bhogal obtained her PhD in Neuroscience at Kings College London. She joined Unilever’s Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC) as a toxicological research scientist, before moving to Unilever’s exploratory research group. With over 20 years’ experience exploring the biological pathways underlying scalp conditions and hair follicle ageing, she is passionate about developing innovative… Read more »

Karen Wilkinson

Karen is a Knowledge Transfer Manager for Health at Innovate UK Business Connect, who works across the whole of the health sector to support businesses and the wider sector to growth through innovation and collaboration. Karen’s particular focus in the team is supporting innovators in the ‘Healthy Ageing and Healthy Living’ arena, and she currently… Read more »

Dr Andreia Fonseca Da Silva

Andreia is a bioengineer with a PhD in complex fluids. Her research focuses on using physical, chemical and mechanical techniques to understand both the macroscopic and microscopic behaviour of complex fluids, and the contribution of isolated components with the aim of developing new formulations. She currently works at the Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership (ECFP), a… Read more »

Chris Smith

Chris is a well-known Cosmetic Chemist with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. Having started out working on the bench at Boots the Chemist, Chris worked across the many different formulation areas within Health & Beauty before moving into raw material sales and marketing, working with producers of innovative ingredients from all over the… Read more »