Dr Gill Westgate


Cosmetics Cluster UK


Gill owns a successful consultancy business supporting companies with skin and hair technology development and credentialing.

Her cosmetics and personal care industry experience has been gained in both industry and academic sectors. She worked for many years at Unilever Research in the UK, where she led their scalp and hair biology research programme, working in product development and claims substantiation for several international hair care brands. More recently Gill worked at the University of Bradford in a business development role, securing industry grant income for the Centre for Skin Sciences.

Gill has a BSc Hons in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in hair research. She is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists and long-standing member of the European Hair Research Society. She serves on the organising committee for UK and international conferences and is well known in the skin and hair research field through publications, presentations and teaching.

In her role as Chair of CCUK, Gill brings over 40 years experience in the sector, industry leadership skills, access to University experts, funding, facilities and mentoring. She is working within CCUK to improve higher education development for the sector to improve employability in the cosmetics industry.