Sally O’Rourke


As co-founder of Brand Love, Non-Exec Director of Ethical Fashion Group and previously CEO and MD for leading brand, innovation and trend agencies Sally is an expert at creating brands that consumers love. Her style is both punchy yet empathetic and above all results driven.

Sally is a much sought-after speaker and significant figure within the Innovation, Digital and Trends space. An advocate of collaborative ideas and a believer in disruptive thinking; Sally’s specialist areas include management consultancy, digital commercial strategies, brand development, post M&A integration with PE/VC communities, business transformation and turnaround strategies.

Previous roles include CEO Bluemarlin, Managing Director of Europe for C_Space working with clients such as Coke, McDonalds and Kimberly-Clarke and as Managing Director EMEA for WGSN, the world’s largest trend agency where Sally worked with clients such as L’Oreal, Coty and Inditex.

Catherine Thomas


As co-founder of Brand Love and Non-executive Director of technology company Soundout, Catherine has worked in marketing, PR and communications for over 20 years, across retail, beauty, fashion and luxury brands, real estate and investment management in the UK, Europe and Middle East. She is currently working as a consultant developing the retail brand strategy development for a number of UK retail and fashion and beauty businesses.

Catherine’s remit has included developing marketing and brand strategy, rebranding and place making social media engagement and digital media road mapping in alignment with business objectives, corporate communications for mergers and acquisitions and crisis management, Internal communications, internal brand engagement and executive profile management, corporate rebranding and brand repositioning.

Catherine has worked in brand strategy for Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, Debenhams, Jaeger, Maria Grachvogel, Land Securities Plc, Sainsbury’s, and is currently a consultant to The British Fashion Council and The Future Laboratory. She holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy & Economics.

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