These people all work within the cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery industry and have used science in different ways. In some cases, their roles now involve very little science, and in other cases, their jobs are extremely technical. All their careers are interesting, so let’s meet the faces of science!
If you are interested in following a career in the cosmetics industry, look at the courses on offer at Many companies in the cosmetics industry offer industry work placements to students in higher education at universities and colleges and have their own graduate schemes and internships as well as full-time career opportunities. See the CTPA members’ list for links to key companies in the industry.
The CTPA website has links to the legislative requirements for cosmetics placed on the EU market with guidance for companies who are manufacturing and supplying cosmetic products. Find out more here. The CTPA also has a dedicated consumer site,, which provides a key research resource for journalists and the public on the facts about the science behind cosmetic products and their safety.

Mark Crawley

Technical Director at Laleham Health and Beauty

Meet Mark Crawley, Technical Director at Laleham Health and Beauty, a contract manufacturer of cosmetic, medicinal and food supplement products.

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Dr Chris Flower

Director-General of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association

Chris speaks with the media and ensures that the industry is well represented to the government and other opinion formers and members are kept up-to-date with best practice and legal requirements.

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Kirsty Gainey

Technical Manager at Acheson and Acheson

Meet Kirsty Gainey, Technical Manager for Acheson & Acheson, a British-based company which develops and manufactures a large portfolio of beauty products under contract to international retailers and global brands.

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Dr Emma Meredith

Director of Science

Emma keeps members up-to-date with best practice and legal requirements.

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Dr Carol Treasure

Founder and Managing Director XCellR8

Meet Dr Carol Treasure, founder and Managing Director of XCellR8 which offers innovative animal-free safety* and efficacy tests to cosmetic companies and ingredient manufacturers. Safety tests include areas such as skin sensitisation and eye irritation, whilst methods are developed to support claims including mildness, anti-oxidant and anti-ageing properties.

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Helen Wheeler

Microbiology Manager at Church and Dwight

Meet Helen Wheeler, Microbiology Manager for Church and Dwight, an International company which develops and manufactures its own portfolio of personal care products.

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