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Business Development Manager, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Bradford

Gill has a BSc Hons in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in hair biology research. Her industry experience was obtained at Unilever Research in the UK, where she led their scalp and hair biology research programme for many years and through 17 years working for the industry as a consultant and 10+ years with the University of Bradford.

She is a past President of the European Hair Research Society and a member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. She serves on the organising committees for UK and international conferences and is well known in the skin and hair research field.

Gill is a co-founder and Chair of Cosmetics Cluster UK (CCUK), a networking organisation for the sector and brings over 30 years industry experience, research leadership skills, access to University experts, funding, facilities and mentoring. She is currently working within CCUK to improve higher education development for the cosmetics sector to improve employability in the UK.


  • 2009–2022
    Business Development Manager, University of Bradford, Faculty of Life Sciences
  • 2003–2022
    Director, Gill Westgate Consultancy Ltd
  • 2020–2022
    Director, Cosmetics Cluster UK Ltd