People: FRAME; Gowercroft Joinery

Dr Carol Treasure
X The Business Desk

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Nottingham scientific research charity, FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments) has appointed Dr Carol Treasure, the founder and CEO of specialist animal-free contract testing laboratory XCellR8, as the new chair of its board of trustees.

FRAME is committed to replacing the use of animals in scientific experiments, and is dedicated to the development of new and scientifically valid methods that will replace the need for laboratory animals in medical and scientific research, education, and testing.

Treasure joined FRAME’s board of trustees in June 2020. As chair of trustees, she will provide strategic direction and support, and will work alongside the charity’s team that is led by CEO Celean Camp. Treasure is no stranger to FRAME – after completing her Physiology & Pharmacology degree at Sheffield, she undertook her PhD in the FRAME laboratory at the University of Nottingham.

She said: “My work and FRAME’s purpose and vision are very much aligned, as we both strive for the replacement of animal testing in medical and scientific research and the use of scientifically and ethically advanced approaches. Now is an ideal time for FRAME to be building momentum and promoting the shift to scientifically advanced methods, as animal testing and animal welfare issues are continuing to garner more support from the public and the industry.

“Indeed, large consumer products companies are demonstrating that safety tests can be conducted without animals, and there is exciting progress being made across the household products and pharmaceutical industries. However, there is still a lot of work to be done to enact change, particularly considering the recent challenges to basic regulatory testing for cosmetics in the UK.”

Alfreton-based timber window and door manufacturer Gowercroft Joinery has appointed a new partnerships manager as part of the company’s plans to extend its network of regional dealerships.

Peter Buckley, who is joining the company with over 25 years of commercial experience in the public and private sector construction and residential home improvement markets, will be working with existing dealerships and promoting the company’s offering to potential new collaborators.

“I am really thrilled to be joining Gowercroft to spearhead this exciting business opportunity,” said Buckley. “In a market that is predominantly cost driven, Gowercroft stands out in offering high value and clear differentiation from local competitors, through genuinely innovative and cutting-edge timber products, which will add significant value to any partnering businesses.”