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Superdrug's Shona Bear named President of Society of Cosmetic Scientists

Sophie Smith
05 June 2023

Superdrug's Quality and Technical Manager Shona Bear has been appointed President of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS).

Bear will form part of the team at the SCS which looks to "inspire, inform and connect with the next generation of cosmetic scientists".

As part of this, she will help to promote education, research and collaboration to advance the science of cosmetics and work more closely with other industry groups to make progress on joint concerns that are affecting the industry.

She will also work with past President Sam Farmer to push forward the organisation's 5-year strategy to help "modernise the SCS and ensure that the society delivers benefits long into the future".

Bear first became a member of the SCS after joining the cosmetics industry in 1989. Initially this was through education, but in more recent years she has been actively involved in the society on several committees.

Superdrug Shona Bear

Superdrug's Shona Bear

Bear joined Superdrug as Quality and Technical Manager in 2020. Prior to this, she held various roles at Marks & Spencer, Topshop and Topman, Bulldog Skincare and Yardley of London.

Commenting on the appointment, 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.

“The SCS have also launched a subgroup called Future Soc aimed at our new young members and I want to support them so that they can have the great industry experience I have had."

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