The British Beauty Council works to stimulate and nurture ambition within the British Beauty Industry. It showcases the diverse range of opportunities available to everyone interested in the industry, whilst communicating appropriate standards, and providing access to high quality skills and education resources.

From building a beauty brand, to becoming a hair, beauty or wellbeing practitioner, innovating a new product, or marketing the next beauty ‘must have’, the Council shines a light on the diverse range of careers available, creating a resilient industry and boosting future growth.

Pillar President:

David Macdonald

David Macdonald

Vice President of Communications, Walgreens Boots Alliance

 

David Macdonald is Vice President of Communications at Walgreens Boots Alliance and has lived worked internationally, in the UK, the US, France and Spain. He led communications for No7 Beauty Company from its creation to the launch of its groundbreaking Future Renew range, establishing the Creator Collective influencer programme in partnership with British Beauty Council.

Previously, David was Director of Philanthropy at L’Oréal in Paris, where he led the global L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme, as well as international communications of the company’s designer brands fragrances.

 

Career Insights podcast

Our ‘Career Insights’ podcast series features a roster of some of the UK’s best talent in beauty, hair and product development. The series is hosted by Elizabeth Barnett-Lawton.

Elizabeth says, “I’ll be finding out how a host of the current beauty industry leaders have built their brands and exploring what helped them to succeed.” 

Guests include: Jo Malone, Sam McKnight, Sam Farmer, Syd Hayes,  Charlotte Mensah and many more well-known make-up artists, hair stylists, influencers, scientists and brand owners.

Future Talent Programme

The British Beauty Council is dedicated to ensuring clear and diverse beauty career pathways are promoted to young people. Through this work it aims to maintain a continuous flow of new talent into the sector which will maintain the UK beauty industry’s global reputation at the cutting edge of innovation.

In order to do so, The British Beauty Council and STEM Learning and Careers and Enterprise are collaborating to develop the first dedicated beauty-related resource for secondary schools, showcasing and demonstrating the enriching careers across the beauty and STEM sector. The films below highlight opportunities in cosmetic science, fragrance, sustainability and technology.

The Beauty in Science

The beauty industry has been revolutionised by scientific innovation. The British Beauty Council and No7 Beauty Company, produced this film to show how all the sciences come together to create a skincare product.

It took about 50 people three years to bring No7 Laboratory Line Reducing Skincare Serum to market.

Britain’s Next Makeup Artist

Ding Dong! Glow Up has brought fresh talent to the eyes and hearts of millions, as well as cementing Val Garland and Dominic Skinner as some of the best-loved MUAs the country has to offer. From TikTok trends to backstage glam, Glow Up has tested a new generation, but what does it mean to be Britain’s Next Big Makeup Artist? Val and Dominic divulge the industry’s best kept secrets to success to Elle Magazine’s Acting Beauty Director George Driver.

This panel is sponsored by Rimmel London. This discussion originally took place at British Beauty Week.

Join the British Beauty Council

As a member of the British Beauty Council you will have access to industry news and opinion-formers across the sector. Our membership is designed as a one-stop shop for the individual, either working in or looking to break into the industry.

Smashing stereotypes in science and beauty

Panel talk exploring how to challenge stereotypes around science and beauty. More universities are offering degrees in cosmetic science and there is a great need for people to join the industry.

This webinar took place during British Beauty Week 2021.

Careers and Education News

Candice Gardner: ‘We are committed to raising the reputation of the industry’

Candice Gardner: ‘We are committed to raising the reputation of the industry’

Promoting beauty careers to young people this GCSE results day

Promoting beauty careers to young people this GCSE results day

Studio Stars competition launches to propel creative talent in the cosmetics industry

Studio Stars competition launches to propel creative talent in the cosmetics industry

Value of Beauty 2023: UK industry champions SMEs and retains high street stronghold

Value of Beauty 2023: UK industry champions SMEs and retains high street stronghold

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