2019 Speakers

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  • Alex Fisher

    Associate Director of Beauty & Personal Care Mintel

    Alex joined Mintel in 2017 as a Senior Beauty Analyst for the Beauty and Personal Care team, now promoted as Associate Director of Beauty & Personal Care. She writes a range of reports across various Beauty and Personal Care categories with a focus in the UK market. Prior to Mintel, she worked with numerous personal care manufacturers as a research executive, before spending 3 years in revenue management in the food & drink sector. Alex has always been interested in consumer behaviour, and has a BSc in Psychology & Sociology.

    • United Kingdom
  • Georgia Barnes

    Business Development Manager – Beauty & Wellbeing Soil Association Certification

    Georgia joined Soil Association Certification in 2019 as the Beauty and Wellbeing Business Development Manager. Georgia’s diverse role aims to sustain and grow the Organic Health and Beauty market in the UK through campaigning for clarity within the beauty industry, supporting new and existing licensees grow and develop their businesses and finding new routes to market.

    After obtaining a degree in Politics & International Relations at Manchester University, Georgia worked at The Yankee Candle Company for several years in a number of roles progressing from customer management to product development before settling in national account management. In this role she nurtured key national business relationships, developed and implemented strategy across sales and marketing platforms and drove significant growth within national accounts.

    Her keen sense of intuition and drive was instrumental to the growth of the sector, and she is excited to put her business acumen to good use within the organic health and beauty sector.

  • Rowena Bird

    Co-founder & Product Inventor Lush

    Drawn to the beauty industry from an early age, Rowena trained and qualified as a beauty therapist before fortuitously joining the creators of Lush in their small manufacturing company of the time, Constantine and Weir (C&W). As C&W developed into the successful mail order brand Cosmetics to Go (CTG), Rowena developed many adventurous colours and best sellers, proving her eye for commercial success. In Lush, Ro’s unique flair for design shows through in everything she creates and in 2012 she invented Lush’s first colour cosmetics range, Emotional Brilliance. Along with invention, Ro is also responsible for finding new business partners around the world and oversees the Lush Spa and global expansion of the brand.

    • United Kingdom
  • Francis Blake

    Chief Advisor COSMOS-standard AISBL

    After graduating with an Agricultural and Forest Sciences degree from Oxford University, Francis set up and ran for 10 years his own organic farm and fresh produce wholesale business in Somerset, where he still lives – the farmyard is now converted into 18 small business units. 

    He wrote Organic Farming and Growing – a Guide to Management (Crowood Press) and founded the Organic Advisory Service in conjunction with Elm Farm Research Centre, serving as an advisor for 2 years. 

    In 1986 he joined Soil Association Certification as managing director. After 14 years, he moved into the parent charity as Soil Association standards director, responsible for all the organisation’s organic standards, including launching its Health & Beauty Standards in 2002.  In 2010, he took a step back, becoming (part time) policy advisor, and finally retired from the Soil Association in 2017.

    Francis was the founding president of the IFOAM EU Regional Group (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) since its formation in 2000 until 2009, and similarly of the COSMOS-standard AISBL from 2010 until October 2017.  He remains involved as chief advisor to COSMOS.   

    He is married to an acupuncturist and his hobbies include gardening, beekeeping, walking, learning the mandolin and he holds a black belt in Ki Aikido.

    • United Kingdom
  • Pascale Brousse

    Founder Trend Sourcing

    Ms Brousse is Founder of Trend Sourcing since 2000.

    • Expert in consumption trends and international societal evolutions, specialized into green & well-being
    • 10 years at L’OREAL (commercial & marketing)
    • 25 years in beauty, health & retail fields
    • Speaker and journalist for InterCharm, BioFach, Makeup in Paris, Cosmebio, Premium Beauty News, Spa de Beauté, etc
    • Teacher in prospective, trends & brand      strategy at l’ISIPCA (Versailles), l’Ecole Supérieure du Parfum & l’EIML (Paris)
    • Healthy-Living Coach
    • Member of CEW & SPA-A.
    • Co-founder of the Innovation & Retail blog: www.nouveaux-concepts.com
    • fb.me/viesainepascale
    • https://www.instagram.com/pascalebroussehealthyliving

    Pascale is working for leading compagnies, such as l’Oréal, LVMH, Estée Lauder, L’Occitane, Sephora, Clarins, Cinq Mondes, Danone, Accor Thalassa, etc. and also start-ups (Indie brands). She is doing innovation workshops, international trends books & brand strategy, well-being workshops.

    • France
  • Laurence Caisey

    Founder & VIP Innovation BoostInnov

    Ms Caisey has expertise on leading innovation process management and innovative products development in the cosmetics and beauty industry.

    She connects trends, markets, technologies and consumer needs and transforms them into products and services.

    Boostinnov core expertise is to lead a culture of innovation from idea to product launches through management of multidisciplinary and international teams and projects including; 

    - Global idea generation to design products out of the market codes.
    - Product development with high consumer involvement such as emotions.
    - Strong validation process: with co-creation,quick prototypes and iterative experimentations
    - Focus on business development to increase categories market share.

    Before founding BoostInnov, Ms Caisey undertook different Senior roles at L'Oreal in different regions including Brazil, USA and France. 


    • France
  • Dr Theresa Callaghan PhD

    CEO & Owner Callaghan Consulting International

    A biochemist by training, Theresa Callaghan gained her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).  Her international corporate career spans 30 years in senior global R&D management across the skin care industry including L’Institut Pasteur (France), Unilever (UK), Marks & Spencer (UK), Johnson & Johnson (France), Evonik (Netherlands & Spain), Hill Top Research (UK) and proDERM (Germany).

    With the growing demand for expertise in the claims development process proceeding clinical studies, she then set up her own business Callaghan Consulting International in early 2008 anticipating a need for more control of cosmetic claims and furthering scientific developments in that process. The business has grown from strength to strength, especially since the 2013 EU cosmetics claims legislation — with ever increasing demands, from raw material suppliers, distributors and brands for support in one of the most important aspects of skin product development.

    Her main area of focus in the claims development process are: Business and Technology Development, Claims Development & Testing Designs, Responsible Person Expert Support for Claims, Skin Complexities Understanding for Marketing & R&D, as well as Communications in terms of bespoke workshops for clients and the industry, publications, etc. CCI works for major global brands, small private label brands, active ingredient suppliers, media companies, clinical research companies, as well as pharmaceutical companies internationally.

    Widely published, she is an experienced “ghost-writer," and an active member of a number of professional societies - Society of Cosmetic Scientists, World Society of Interdisciplinary of Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Medicine (WOSIAM), and British Herbal Medicine Association - and sits on the scientific editorial board of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

  • Nathalie Calvel

    Botanical Expertise Pierre Fabre Project Manager Pierre Fabre Group

    Nathalie Calvel is a biological engineer (“Institut National des Sciences Appliquées-INSA” of Toulouse, France). She began her career as a study engineer then as a technical regulatory affairs engineer (food and environmental regulations) at Lesaffre international.

    Nathalie joined Pierre Fabre pharmaceutical Group in 2006. She was in charge of developing a R&D database on plants and plant-based active ingredients. Since 2011, she has been working as a Project Manager in charge of Botanical Expertise Pierre Fabre, a process for the development of plant-based active ingredients from the research on plants and their key components to their culture, their extraction and the use of their extracts in the product formulas. Part of a virtuous circle, development is organized around four key principles : innovate, guarantee, preserve and respect. This process has been recognized by the EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) European label granted by AFNOR. This certification assesses both quality and sustainability.

    Since 2016, she has been a member of the collective action of PASS French competitive cluster on sustainable supply chains. This action aims to develop tools needed to evaluate and optimize the environmental and social performance of ingredients. If the turning point of sustainable chemistry and responsible production are obvious, performance indicators must be defined. The complexity of the production chain makes this issue even more complex when it comes to plant extracts or raw materials from the living. Defined by 13 expert companies and the PASS cluster, sharing the values ​​of respect for the man, for the environment and for the biodiversity throughout the production chain, the sustainable green label ingredient reference system offers concrete answers to this crucial question.

    • France
  • Jo Chidley

    The 'Flounder' Beauty Kitchen

    Jo Chidley is the ‘Flounder’ of Beauty Kitchen, which creates natural, effective beauty products.

    Jo is a Chemist, Herbal Botanist, beekeeper and natural beauty products lover and is committed that Beauty Kitchen 100% makes a difference, from ensuring all products, not just the ingredients are sustainable as possible.

    • United Kingdom
  • Emma Dawes

    Technical Specialist Soil Association Certification Ltd

    Emma Dawes has worked in the field of ‘green’ cosmetics for over ten years. She works at the Soil Association, the UK’s first certification body to develop organic beauty standards. Emma graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc. in chemistry and an MSc. in analytical chemistry.  

    Emma works on the technical and chemistry parts within certification of cosmetics to COSMOS and Soil Association standards. She represents Soil Association on the COSMOS technical committee, which discusses raw materials and technical points within the COSMOS standards.

    She has always had a very strong interest in environmental issues and also works in the organic food and textiles sectors at work.

    • United Kingdom
  • Heather Ducharme

    Sustainable Assurance Manager The Body Shop

    Heather has been working in the sustainability field for almost 20 years. Heather began her career in field ecology and applied environmental science work in North America before moving to the UK in 2009 to focus increasingly on sustainable development. She holds degrees from McMaster and York Universities (in Canada) as well as from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining The Body Shop in 2016, she spent five years with a major UK-based nature conservation NGO developing an international programme on sustainable consumption of deforestation-risk commodities. Currently leading The Body Shop’s sustainable sourcing assurance programme, Heather is responsible for ensuring the traceability and sustainability of Community Trade supply chains, natural and other high risk materials.

  • Sébastien Duprat De Paule

    Innovation Director SEPPIC

    After graduating as chemical engineer from CHIMIE PARISTECH in Paris in 1998, he did his PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor Jean-Pierre GENET at CHIMIE PARISTECH, working on the synthesis of novel chiral atropoisomeric diphosphines and their use in asymmetric catalysis, especially asymmetric hydrogenation. He got his PhD in 2002 from Université Pierre et Marie Curie.
    He joined CHIMEX, L’Oreal’s subsidiary in charge of industrialization and manufacturing of L’Oreal’s proprietary ingredients in 2003, as a Process Development Chemist. He was then appointed as Chemical Eco-Design Development Head in 2007, and then R&D Director of CHIMEX, between 2012 and 2016, where he had a team of 35-40 people (chemists, biotechnologists, chemical engineers and analytical chemists).

    He then joined SEPPIC in June 2016, subsidiary of Air Liquide that designs specialty ingredients for health and beauty, to be in charge of Excipients Innovation (polymers, surfactants) and biobased actives. In March 2017, he has been appointed Innovation Director and member of the Executive Committee at SEPPIC, and manages a global team of more than 100 people.

    His research topics and areas of interest are specialty ingredients for health & beauty, innovation, green chemistry, eco-designed and sustainable processes, biotechnology, process intensification and scale-up/industrialization, with a strong customer-oriented culture.

    • France
  • Mark Evans

    European Commercial Director INOLEX

    Mark Evans is the European Commercial Director at Inolex. After studying Biochemistry at the University of Kent (Canterbury), Mark joined the Organics division of Henkel (subsequently rebranded as Cognis and in-turn purchased by BASF) in 1999 as a Technical Service Chemist. This role was his introduction to personal care formulating, covering the basics of emulsion chemistry and surfactant systems. At Cognis, Mark specialised in the development of cold process liquid emulsion concentrates (PIT technology), formulating new concentrates that are commercially available today. After five years in the laboratory Mark moved to a technical sales role at UK distributor, Aston Chemicals. There his personal care knowledge extended further, covering the technical aspects of nearly every application of raw materials (including skin care, hair care, sun care, colour cosmetics, AP/Deo, baby care, naturals and actives). In 2009 Mark moved to Inolex as Sales Manager North Europe, progressing to his current role of European Commercial Director. His knowledge of the personal care industry and formulating experience are an ideal match for the forward thinking and innovative raw material manufacturer, Inolex.

  • Sven Gehrig

    Member of Cosmetic Safety and Information WALA Heilmittel GmbH (Dr. Hauschka Cosmetics)

    Sven Gehrig studied Food Chemistry at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), which ended after a practical year at the CVUA (Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Agency) Karlsruhe in a degree as “Staatl. gepr. Lebensmittelchemiker” (State Certified Food Chemist). After different internships and Jobs – amongst other in the European Parliament and the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Bureau of Investigation – he now works in the field of Cosmetic Safety and Information at WALA Heilmittel GmbH for Dr. Hauschka Cosmetics. He is a member of the working group “Cosmetics” of the german Food Chemical Society and of the impartial scientific committee of NATRUE.

    • Germany
  • Dr. Martijn Gipmans

    Principal Consultant & Team Lead, Chemicals & Life Science sectors thinkstep AG

    Dr. Martijn Gipmans is Principal Consultant and Team Lead for the chemical & life science sectors at thinkstep AG. thinkstep enables organizations worldwide to succeed sustainably through software, data and consulting services to drive operational excellence, product innovation, brand value and regulatory compliance. thinkstep is well known for its Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) software GaBi as well as SoFi software for corporate sustainability management and reporting. Martijn joined thinkstep after almost 16 years with BASF, where, in his last position, he was Global Sustainability Manager for the BASF division Bioscience Research. He has served on the advisory councils for the International Life Science Institute (ILSI, Washington DC, USA) and as co-chair of the food, beverage and agriculture working group of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC, Arkansas, USA).

    Dr. Gipmans holds an MSc from Wageningen University and a doctoral degree from the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, and is based in Berlin, Germany.

    • Germany
  • Colin Godefroy

    International Raw Material Manager, Innovation Raw Materials Department L’Oreal Research & Innovation

    After an engineering MSc in biotechnology from Compiègne University of Technology (France) and KAIST (Korea), Colin started working in the food industry in Japan, then joined L’Oréal Research 12 years ago. He first held formulation positions in make-up and skincare laboratories in France, before moving on to the raw materials department, where his playground is Open Innovation in all color and photoprotection applications. Colin hunts innovative cosmetic technologies and take them to market working with startups, mid-size and corporate supplier partners. He is passionate about cosmetic ingredients and the richness of the cosmetic world in terms of needs, cultures, scientific problematics and technologies. He is also thrilled to live the present time, when the cosmetic industry undergoes rapid structural transformations through the change of model of consumers and competition, going towards clean, natural and sustainable beauty.

  • Lucy Kirkup

    Business Development Manager TerraCycle Europe

    Lucy Kirkup is Business Development Manager at TerraCycle Europe, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of otherwise non-recyclable post-consumer and post-industrial waste.  In 21 countries, TerraCycle creates national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration, in collaboration with the world’s largest brands and retailers, including Reckitt Benckiser, P&G and Unilever.

    • United Kingdom
  • Agnieszka Klimczak

    Export Manager CLOCHEE

    Agnieszka Klimczak since almost 3 years in quality of Export Manager is developing international markets for polish premium organic skin & hair care brand Clochee. Graduated in economics in Italy, followed by marketing studies in Oxford - most of her professional life dedicated to expand business for foreign customers. 

    From one side with partners from different parts of the world – from the other with Clochee R&D team is always searching new solutions in terms of packaging and innovation in order to satisfy different clients’ needs and keep it as much sustainable and environmental friendly as well as pretty and luxury looking at the same time. 





    • Poland
  • Jan Kuśmirek

    Director and NPD Consultant Genera Consultancy ltd., Elemis & Fragrant Earth International

    Jan Kuśmirek has had a varied career associated with Green Issues. He was Marketing Manager at the Soil Association, introducing the symbol scheme to cosmetic and health products. Campaigns have included acid rain, whole milk, water pollution and bio degradability. As an agricultural Co-Ordinator and manager in both industrial plastics and with a major co-operative he gained an understanding of livestock farming and horticulture introducing a number of novel practices.

    He trained as a Naturopath and Medical herbalist and his practice led him to specialise in skin conditions. His use of natural and naturally derived material led him to the creation of quasi medical products and eventually cosmetic design in association with Alban Muller International. The Origins brand was created followed by the ground breaking  Elemis brand, Nude Skincare and through his Genera Consultancy many other projects followed.

    The Fragrant Earth Company was founded by him to bring some reality and ethics into the supply chain of aromatic and natural materials. Knowing the extraction industry enabled his specialist company to find niche markets for artisan and organic production. Today the Company is a driving force in aromatherapy, natural perfumery and in creative orthodox fragrance serving a variety of sectors.

    • United Kingdom
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Libby

    Founder & CEO XO Balm

    Charlotte Elizabeth Libby has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry. Her career has spanned PR, media, and analyst roles, allowing her to gain a deep understanding of consumer behaviour. In 2017 she launched her own venture; skin health brand XO Balm; combining natural, minimal ingredients with considerate, sustainable packaging. Charlotte Elizabeth’s breadth of experience in the beauty market gives her a unique perspective on the natural cosmetics industry; drawing on trends, research and marketing to be an effective freelance consultant.

    • United Kingdom
  • Gabbi Loedolff

    Head Ethical Buyer's Lush

    Gabbi started at Lush in 2001 working in the Covent Garden store, progressing to Manager there and then onto various special projects.  She started working in the Ethical Buying team in 2011, after completing the Ethical Trading Initiative, and worked on projects including sourcing a fully traceable, fair trade supply of cocoa butter.  Dealing directly with producers is the cornerstone of Gabbi’s role, establishing strong relationships and gaining firsthand knowledge of the way materials are grown and produced. Gabbi also helps to coordinate the Re:Fund – a fund to support global regeneration in the areas of disaster and displacement, permaculture and agroecology, and rewilding and biodiversity. Gabbi is also the African Sourcing Hub Coordinator for the buying team.  

    Areas of expertise:

    Ethical buying / Regeneration / Spring Prize / Sustainable and Regenerative ingredient projects around the world / African supply networks.


    • United Kingdom
  • Michel Philippe

    Sustainable Innovation Manager for Raw Materials L'Oreal

    Education: Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry (Paris-Sud University, Orsay, France)

    Ph. D., 1984: New sugar derivatives in the field of antibacterial compounds and immunostimulants (Pr. Sir Derek Barton, Nobel Prize Laureate, as thesis committee member).

    Career: Joined L’OREAL R&I in 1984. Team Manager in charge of eco-design of skin care and hair care ingredients till 2004. Sustainable Innovation Manager from 2004

    Scientific Activity:

    > 130 patents
    > 25 publications and posters
    > 40 oral communications in Green Chemistry International Conferences
    Design and Development of new Sugar derivatives and new Sphingolipids launched on the market for hair and skin care
    Synthesis of new C-Glycoside surfactants
    Implementation of Green Chemistry Principles at L’Oréal since 2005
    Participation in the drafting of a new ISO Standard on Natural & Organic ingredients in cosmetics (ISO 16128-1,2)   

    Research topics:

    Eco-design of green ingredients based on chemistry and biocatalysis of monosaccharides, polysaccharides and lipids (sphingolipids and ceramides)
    Development of new green processes using renewable raw materials from plant
    Implementation of green metrics and naturalness index

    • France
  • Grant Mitchell

    Research & Technology Manager - Personal Care Croda

    Grant has worked for Croda for 15 years in various Personal Care roles in Marketing, Sales and Technical. He previously managed the hair and skin care claims teams and now manages the EMEA formulation team that focusses on formulation science and formulation development. The team delivers novel formulations and investigates how Croda's chassis ingredients can increase the performance of actives or enhance texture and sensory properties of formulations.

  • Alban Muller

    President Alban Muller

    Since 1978, Alban Muller has used his botanical science and his intimate knowledge of plant-based active ingredients for the advancement of feminine beauty, by way of supplying his products to the biggest names in the skincare industry. He began working with plants before ‘natural’ was fashionable. Having realized the limitations and drawbacks of petrochemical product, he preferred a scientific study of plants because of their sustainability and their beneficial properties. At a time when plants were not commonly used in cosmetics, Alban Muller was working on a unique and exclusive low temperature extraction process called zeodratation. This process obtains plant extracts which are 100% natural, ultra-concentrated, premium quality, and free of preservatives.

    • France
  • Dr Barbara Olioso

    Managing Director The Green Chemist Consultancy

    Dr Barbara Olioso is a doctor of chemistry from Venice University in Italy. She combines scientific background with a passion for botanicals and sustainability applied to cosmetics.

    She has been formulating natural and organic cosmetics since 1999, developing skincare and haircare for SMEs, and international spa brands. She also gives presentations and teaches about sustainability, natural preservation and Cosmos.

    She is on the Pure Beauty Awards Judging Panel and a university lecturer at Sunderland University.



    • United Kingdom
  • Shirley Routley

    CEO Fragrant Earth International

    Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the health wellness and fitness industry. Skilled in Marketing Management, Negotiation, Business Planning, Consumer Products, and Production Management. Strong business development professional with a English focused in Major from Churchill.

  • Dr. Niels J. Schenk

    Chief Technology Officer BioBTX

    Niels was involved in the development of the BioBTX technology from the very beginning. He has a master (1999) degree in Chemistry at the University of Leiden with specialisation in organic synthesis. He has a Ph.D. (2006) in Environmental Sciences with specialisation in modelling & quantitative analysis. Niels has held various research and management positions in the field of chemistry and environmental sciences, including the OECD, University of Groningen, IIASA, KNN Consultancy and BioBTX.

    At BioBTX Niels has been involved in research & development, market analysis, intellectual property development, and process scale-up. Within BioBTX he is responsible for R&D, IP and scale-up. As CTO he combines his two passions in life which are chemistry and the environment. BioBTX has become part of his ambition to make the world better by using technology and chemistry to make things greener.  

    BioBTX is a technology provider that enables the transition towards a greener chemical industry. The technology enables the replacement oil for biomass and waste as a resource for the production of sustainable materials.

    • Netherlands
  • Kirsi Seppäläinen

    VP, Strategic Projects Stora Enso, Biomaterials Division

    Kirsi Seppäläinen | Vice President | Strategic projects, Biomaterials Division, Stora Enso.

    Member of Biomaterials division management team since March 2012. Responsible for strategy process, various strategic projects, marketing communications, branding and multisite certification. Prior to this position managerial responsibilities in communications, marketing and sustainability at Stora Enso, Metsä-Botnia, Uponor and Helvar Merca Group with international focus.


    • Finland
  • Juliette Sicot-Crevet

    VP Business Development Naturals & Sustainability Firmenich Perfumery Division

    Juliette joined Firmenich in 2012 as Vice President Global Marketing, Prospective and Consumer Intelligence for the Perfumery Division. In January 2017, she was appointed to the newly created position of Vice President for Naturals and Sustainability to address the growing consumer and brand demand in this field. She works across functions and leads transformative actions; builds differentiated operational capabilities to design best in class ingredients and fragrances solutions that meet consumer needs for naturalness, transparency and sustainability to clients, in the Beauty & Home Care and Fine Fragrance sectors.

    She is an international senior executive with experience in general management, Marketing, Consumer Trend & Insight, value adding innovation, branded business transformation (post/pre M&A), strategic market intelligence and data analytics.

    Prior to Firmenich, Juliette worked for IPSOS where she led the set-up of the new Global Research Center for Brand Innovation testing and opened a new country, IPSOS Switzerland, conducting research in 50+ countries over the world. She spent the first 15 years of her career at Procter & Gamble, in Europe and Latin America, followed by Cadbury-Schweppes. She is a graduate from HEC.     

    • Germany
  • Dr Mark Smith

    Director General NATRUE

    Running of NATRUE, lead role in all political, regulatory and scientific affairs of the association - advocacy, research and label.

    Mark graduated with M.Chem (Hons.) degree in chemistry and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. between chemistry and genetics. Before joining NATRUE in June 2014, he extended his research career with two positions covering biotechnology (Leeds, UK) and the biomedical/pharmaceutical sector (Montréal, Canada). Mark is a British national who has more than five years' experience in Scientific Management, and during the last ten years, he has been involved in the successful coordination of strategic and collaborative interdisciplinary projects via academic departmental and international research. Mark became Director in July 2016.

    • Belgium
  • Erin M. Turner

    Marketing Manager, Effect Pigments, Cosmetics Colors & Effects, A brand of BASF

    With over 10 years of experience at BASF, Erin has gained a breadth of experience working across various commercial, operational, and strategic roles. In 2017, Erin joined Colors & Effects, a BASF brand, as Marketing Manager of Effect Pigments for the North American cosmetic and personal care market based in Tarrytown, NY. At the end of 2018, she accepted a one year assignment relocating to Ludwigshafen, Germany to support the European market. Passionate about marketing, customers, and cosmetics, Erin focuses on strategic positioning, new products, and customer needs. Erin has a business degree from North Carolina State University and a MBA from University of Texas at Austin.   

    • Germany
  • Amanda Winwood

    Founder Made for Life Organics

    For 15 years, Amanda has been the Managing Director (also known as Queen of Hugs!) for award winning and ethical Made for Life Organics).  This Cornish 100% organic skincare and wellbeing company provides a range of authentic wellness solutions and is stocked in many leading spas and hotels across the UK.

    Recognised as a pioneer for sustainability and wellness, Amanda’s belief is that a beautiful skin is a healthy skin which links into a healthy planet too. She actively promotes wellbeing education into hotels and spas which also improve commercial results.

    In 2017 Amanda launched SpaFest – the first UK Wellness event for the Wellness Industry. She also successfully launched 100% natural and organic Porthdune range for Jill Stein and Rick Stein.

    Amanda and the Made for Life charity team have introduced Cancer Touch Therapy training extensively across the UK including CenterParcs and more recently Nuffield Health Care.  The training enables all spas to confidently welcome people going through cancer into their spas.


    • United Kingdom