Rachael Fox

off to a processing event in Birmingham to see what new equipment is available

Favourite Thing: Making lots of mess, but in a productive way… What I do usually requires me to really get stuck in, especially because what I make is going to be used directly by consumers, so it can be really useful for me to just try out something I’ve just made directly on my skin (only if it’s got safety clearance, obviously!) and that helps make it a really hands-on job.



Priory High 1990-1996


LJMU, Applied Chemistry, 1999-2004

Work History:

Intertek; Universal Products; Degussa



Current Job:

Process Development Technician

Me and my work

Working on innovation products in personal care

 I make sure that the products we develop in R&D can be made easily at our factories all over Europe. I spend most of my time making batches of the new products, then testing them in lots of different ways to make sure they’re stable and consistent, and calculating the parameters needed to make them at much larger scales. I’m also implementing a new software system to record how we manufacture all the different products we make, to see if we can use the same processes all over the world.

My Typical Day


Catching up on emails, making batches, chatting to formulators and people from the factory, working on safety, training people on software.

What I'd do with the money

Advertise my charity, which recycles old lab equipment and sends it to developing countries for use in scientific research.

Improve our website ( with more (and better) content and then make sure lots of people know about it. Maybe invest in a video camera so that we can shoot films of the equipment being used in Universities around the world.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Green. Passionate. Sleepy.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Regina Spektor

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Learnt to ride a motorbike

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To not have to worry about money, have a big old house with loads of character,

What did you want to be after you left school?

A Doctor.

Were you ever in trouble at school?

All the time!

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Hmm… Helped fix a motorway bridge using kevlar

Tell us a joke.