Special panel discussion event

Appearance Matters Conference 8 special panel discussion - speakers and biographies.

'Getting under the skin of the cosmetics procedures industry'

The multi-billion pound cosmetic procedures industry is positively booming and increasing numbers of people around the world are electing to undergo surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. This phenomenon, however, raises fundamental ethical questions regarding consumers’ motivations, the extent to which their expectations and desired outcomes are achieved, the narrowing standards of beauty and the marketing of such procedures.

This panel discussion will explore these contemporary debates and will also consider the regulatory, financial and social context within which the industry exists before deliberating the future of the cosmetic procedures industry.

Confirmed speakers

Caryn Franklin MBE

Former Fashion Editor and Co-editor of i-D Magazine and BBC Broadcaster, Caryn Franklin, has explored the politics of image and self-esteem extensively in over 30 years of working fashion practice in commercial, educational and activist positions. Her projects have involved refugees in battle zones, workers in free-trade zone slums, mental health experts, MPs and Government Ministers as well as international design names and the fashion industry’s innovators.

She has written for magazines, newspapers, produced four books, authored television documentaries and co-created groundbreaking campaigns. Co-chair of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer since 1996, and co-founder and former Director of the award-winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk 2009–2015, Caryn has recently completed an MSc in Applied Psychology. Her drive to empower men and women by addressing sustainable body and beauty ideals as an ethical imperative continues through her post at Kingston University, where she is visiting Professor of Diversity.

Katharine Wright

Katharine Wright is Assistant Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, responsible for the Council’s 2017 report on the ethical issues arising out of growing 'normalisation' of cosmetic procedures. Her background is in health policy, law and ethics including stints at the UK House of Commons, briefing MPs of all political parties on health issues; in the English Department of Health, working on patient consent; and in the NHS, monitoring the effects of the Human Rights Act on health law in England.

Her work at the Nuffield Council has included consideration of ethical issues arising in dementia; the donation of all forms of bodily material for treatment or research; the sharing of information in the context of people born as a result of the donation of gametes and embryos; and the involvement of children and young people in clinical research.

Mr Nigel Mercer

Nigel Mercer enjoys an excellent, national and international reputation in the field of aesthetic surgery and non-surgical procedures. He gained his medical degree from the University of Bristol in 1980 and rapidly followed this by becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons by examination four years later. In 1993, he successfully completed a Masters Degree in Plastic Surgery. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 1997.

Nigel Mercer divides his professional time between Bristol Plastic Surgery, the Presidency of the Federation of Specialist Surgical Associations, coordinating all the surgical associations in the UK, his charitable work chairing the European Cleft Organisation, chairing the national committee examining the new disease BIA-ALCL, which is a rare lymphoma associated with breast implants.

On top of his extensive experience in all areas of plastic surgery, he has special expertise in the care of children with cleft lip and palate. In addition to his clinical roles, Nigel Mercer has served both his profession and the public in the office of President of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), President of The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (EASAPS). He continues to champion the safeguarding of patients, and is currently also studying for a Masters degree in Medical Law.

Ms Barbara S Lutz, MD, PhD

Ms Lutz qualified as a medical doctor in Germany. Since 2005, she has been based in London where she works as a private plastic aesthetic surgeon. Ms Lutz has worked with some of the leading cosmetic providers in the United Kingdom. Her specialist field is aesthetic surgery, performing around 300 various aesthetic procedures per year. During this time, she has performed over 2,400 breast augmentations among other breast operations such as breast reduction, breast uplift, and diverse others. Before 2005, Ms Lutz operated on the breast for medical indications such as mastectomy in breast cancer, breast reconstruction after cancer treatment, etc. Ms Lutz also has experience in tummy tucks, +/- liposuction, face/neck lifts, and eyelid surgery.

Ms Lutz is a member of the German, Swedish, and American Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. In the UK, she is affiliated to the British Association of Cosmetic Surgery. Ms. Lutz is registered as a general and plastic surgeon in Germany, Sweden, and is also registered on the GMC Specialist Register in the UK. Ms Lutz has published and presented widely and participated in numerous national and international workshops.

Christine Mozzamdar

Christine Mozzamdar is Head of Operations at Transform Group, the operator of two of the UK’s leading cosmetic interventions providers, Transform and The Hospital Group.

With clinics across the UK, Transform Group provides care for over 12,000 patients seeking cosmetic and weight loss surgery and non-surgical procedures each year, more than any other cosmetic interventions provider, and works with the best-in-class, specialist cosmetic and weight loss surgeons and practitioners.

As Head of Operations, Christine oversees the strategic and operational management of Transform Group, ensuring that the Group maintains its position as a sector leader in clinical excellence and patient care. Christine’s background is in compliance and governance within the NHS, having previously held the position of Head of Compliance at Birmingham Heartlands & Solihull NHS Trust.

Heather Widdows

Heather Widdows is the John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Impact) at the University of Birmingham. She is an established international scholar who works across issues of moral philosophy, feminist philosophy and applied ethics.

Her current focus is on beauty. She has recently held a Major Leverhulme Fellowship and an AHRC grant on this topic and she is Co-Lead of the Beauty Demands Network. Her most recent book, Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal will be launched on 1 June 2018 at the Barber Institute of Fine Art.

In addition to her beauty work, she has run international, multidisciplinary grants on biobanking, on the governance of human tissue, property in genetics and women’s reproductive rights. Her previous books include: The Connected Self: The Ethics and Governance of the Genetic Individual (2013), Global Ethics: An Introduction (2011), The Moral Vision of Iris Murdoch (2005). She has co-edited, with Herjeet Marway, Women and Violence (2015), with Darrel Moellendorf, The Routledge Handbook of Global Ethics (2014), with Nicola Smith, Global Social Justice (2011), with Caroline Mullen The Governance of Genetic information (2009) and, with Itziar Alkorta Idiakez and Aitziber Emaldi Cirión, Women’s Reproductive Rights (2006). She is currently a member of the Nuffield Council on bioethics and previously served on the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council (2007-2013) and on the Philosophy sub-panel 2014.