The British Society of Perfumers hosts annual Fragrance Excellence Awards, in which fine fragrance and consumer product categories are judged by industry peers – members of the Society. The award ceremony is held during our One Day Symposium in May.
Members, please nominate consumer products launched in 2019 here, for the 2020 awards.
Award Winners 2019 (for products launched in 2018)
The Nancy McConkey award for Fine Fragrance, Women
Nancy spent a large part of her perfumery career at Bush Boake Allen as a fine fragrance perfumer. She was president in 1975 and before and after that, a member of the BSP committee. Her last role was as owner of the Fragrance Studio in London. An unforgettable character who was an icon in British Perfumery use her personality and strong Scottish accent to captivate fellow perfumers. Nancy passed away too young after a short illness but will never be forgotten by all those whose lives she had touched.
The Tony Pettifer award for Fine Fragrance, Men
Apart from a few years at the end of his career Tony spent all his very successful perfumery career at Givaudan, in Whiteleaf in the UK and Argenteuil near Paris. President in 1986, Tony enjoyed working in all categories and was successful in all of them. Tony finished his career in Bush Boake Allen in Walthamstow where his large presence lit up the perfumery laboratory every day. Tony did not get to enjoy his retirement from BBA as he succumbed to a sudden death. A larger than life character who will never be forgotten by those who knew him.
The David Cartwright award for Fabric Care
David started his career at Stafford Allan then transferred to PPL in Ashford, Kent where he enjoyed a successful career as a creative perfumer specialising in Unilever fabric brands. He was president in 1986. With simple formulas, easy to compound, he enjoyed success in brands across the globe and generated a lot of profit for PPL, PPF and subsequently Quest. David was still working well into his eighties where he continued to enjoy success globally.
The Evelyn Speller award for Home Care
There are few people in this wonderful industry who have served the BSP as much as Evelyn did as Secretary and as President in 1990.
Evelyn spent all her working life at A. Boake Roberts and Bush Boake Allen and as well as being a successful perfumer it was her role as a mentor for which she will always be remembered. It would be fair to say Evelyn didn’t suffer fools gladly but if she liked you then she would support you to the end. Evelyn was also taken from us so suddenly that many of us have never gotten over the shock.
Tony’s perfumery career began in 1970 at Gala Cosmetics. He originally had ambitions to work in biochemistry but after a few years he was “hooked by the mystique of perfumery”. He moved to PFW and then UOP, which merged with Naarden. After working for Belmay and Fritzsche Tony joined with long-time friend from Gala days, Douglas Cope, and together with Alan Parry, formed Phoenix Fragrances, their company that has grown and flourished over 30 years. Tony is a keen BSP member and was President in 1989. His passion for creative perfumery has always been evident and he has encouraged and mentored other perfumers over the years both at work and at BSP Workshop Weekends.
Bev started her perfumery career at H.E.Daniel in Kent and over the years worked for several fragrance houses including Givaudan, Belmay and CPL. She is a talented and versatile perfumer creating for a multitude of different applications including fine fragrances, where she has had considerable success. She has always been happy to share her vast perfumery knowledge with colleagues and clients which has been much appreciated. She has been an active and enthusiastic member of the BSP and served as president in 1994. She retired from CPL in 2018.
Mike has entered the world of perfumery working at PFW and then CPL. Mike is a highly talented perfumer; he is a true expert in many areas of perfumery. The way he uses raw materials is ingenious, clever and extremely creative. He can find unusual or hidden aspects of a raw material to create new accords or use the material in an interesting and surprising way. Mike has a never-ending ability to think completely outside of the box. He is genuinely a Creative Perfumer.
After studying Chemistry at Exeter University, Marianne has spent the whole of her working life in and around perfumery. Except for a short time in Spain, Marianne has worked in the UK with various companies: Norda international, H.E. Daniel, The Independent Fragrance Company, Belmay and AFF in Suffolk. This saw her developing successful fragrances for a wide range of applications. A keen interest in the production, quality and use of materials from natural sources has led her easily into the world of modern perfumery where success has remained with her. A determination to open up perfumery to others led her to take an active part in the recognition and growth of The British Society of Perfumers. For the past few years she has run the perfumery module of the MSc in cosmetic science at the London College of Fashion encouraging students to understand the complexity of fragrance creation.