Grace Abamba was named President of the UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS) at the 2018 AGM in May. Clare Henderson finds out what the society is focusing on this year – and education is at the heart of it
Grace Abamba has taken over as President of the UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS) at an exciting time for the society – during its 70th anniversary year.
That's a lot of cosmetic science. Celebrations kicked off after the AGM and will gear up in earnest for the Annual Dinner that takes place during SCS Formulate in November.
Abamba graduated from Aston University with a combined honours degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology.
She qualified as a teacher with a postgraduate certificate in education and worked in further education, teaching human biology and chemistry.
This was when Abamba developed a keen interest in the science behind cosmetic products and went on to study for the SCS Diploma in Cosmetic Science.
After completing a Masters in Biotechnology and Applied Molecular Biology at UCL, Abamba spent the early part of her career in R&D as a development chemist, formulating novel personal care and household products.
She also has 18 years' experience in the retail sector working on branded and private label consumer goods for Superdrug, QVC and Tesco.
In 2016, she joined the BRC Global Standards team as Global Technical Manager for the consumer products standard, developed by industry leaders to drive product compliance through the supply chain.