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Business Development Manager Gillian Westgate

Commercial Manager

Faculty/Dept/School School of Chemistry and Bioscience
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
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Gill has worked at the University of Bradford since 2009 as Business Development Manager for the Centre for Skin Sciences, a major centre of excellence for skin and hair research. Her role is to develop sustainable partnerships between industry and academic research and to help translate science into business opportunities.

Her cosmetics and personal care industry experience was obtained at Unilever Research in the UK, where she led their scalp and hair biology research programme for many years, working in product development and claims substantiation for several international hair care brands.

​Gill has a BSc Hons in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in hair research. She is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists and long-standing member of the European Hair Research Society. She serves on the organising committee for UK and international conferences and is well known in the skin and hair research field.​

She is Chair of Cosmetics Cluster UK and brings over 30 years experience in the sector, industry leadership skills, access to University experts, funding, facilities and mentoring.


Teaching interests

Innovation management in Life Sciences
Hair Biology
Hair Fibre Science


A skin and hair biologist of over 35 years. Worked in industry in Unilever Research in the Life Science Laboratories where I conducted research projects on skin, hair follicles and scalp biology leading to over 20 publications and my PhD in 1997.

Topics of scientific Interest:
  • Hair growth and the control of hair cycle
  • In vitro hair growth models
  • Inflammatory skin disease
  • Skin and hair pigmentation and models to study them
  • Hair fibre science
  • Hair fibre anchorage in skin
  • Hair texture, especially the biological and physical mechanisms for the formation of curly hair
Innovation management is something I have taken a great interest in over the years. Working for industry means I have had first hand experience of translating basic science into novel technical insights, claims substantiation packages and helped launch new products/brands.

I developed a new module for the Masters in Skin Sciences based on Innovation in Life Sciences and teach this at the University of Bradford.

Working with many companies as partners in collaborative research, I can bring my innovation management experience to bear in helping manage the interface between research and business and translate technical findings into messages that are meaningful to the company teams.

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-97: Universiteit Utrecht - PhD Hair Biology
  • 01-DEC-09: University of Bradford - Business Development Manager
  • 01-JAN-81: Unilever R&D Colworth - Research Scientist
  • European Hair Research Society, Membership Board
  • British Society for Investigative Dermatology, Member
  • Faculty REF Impact Working Group,


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleDose-response of human follicles during laser-based hair removal: Ex vivo photoepilation model with classification system embracing morphological and histological features. (2019)
Authorsvan Vlimmeren MAA;Raafs B;Westgate G;Beijens LGM;Uzunbajakava NE;
JournalLasers in Surgery and Medicine
TitleThe biology and genetics of curly hair (2017)
AuthorsWestgate, Gillian E.; Ginger, R.S.; Green, M.R.
Other Publication
Other typeReviews
TitleThe biology and genetics of curly hair (2017)
AuthorsWestgate G.;Ginger R.;Green M.
JournalExperimental Dermatology
Other typeReviews
TitleThe biology of hair diversity (2013)
AuthorsWestgate G.;Botchkareva N.;Tobin D.
JournalInternational Journal of Cosmetic Science
Title Author(s)
Journal of Cosmetic Science (2018)Bertolini M.;Botchkareva N.;Westgate G.;Ward C.;Cornwell P.;Paus R.
Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2013)Botchkarev V.;Fessing M.;Botchkareva N.;Westgate G.;Tobin D.