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Our Team

Emma Schwarz, Founder, RARE Life

Emma Schwarz, Founder

emma@rarelife.co.uk

Emma has always been a foodie. She is also a retail merchant through and through. First, she climbed the ranks of Marks and Spencer plc, then became an Interior Designer, she then found herself in retail again and helped found a premium furniture brand which bought Sofa Workshop from MFI. Next she became a mother of three, then in 2008 she founded The Rare Brand Market Ltd. Emma is about to create her own physical retail food chain by opening her first site, The Barn, Little London in Chichester, West Sussex. In her spare time she is Chairperson of Slow Food Sussex, Non-Executive Board Director of food waste charity UK Harvest and a keen food writer, and she loves to run, do yoga and meditate.

Louise Galbraith, RARE Life

Louise Galbraith, Retail & Hospitality Director

lou@rarelife.co.uk

Louise’s passion and flair for cooking flourished during a three-year Grand Diploma in Cordon Bleu Cookery at South Africa’s oldest and most acclaimed cookery school, Silwood. Louise subsequently returned home to Chichester and managed a local delicatessen and café (where she first met Emma!), followed by eleven years working in London, Sussex and Hampshire managing large private homes. Louise is thrilled to be involved in The Barn, Little London and is proud to help take Emma’s vision forward! In her spare time, Louise can be found reading the latest cookbooks and planning her next travel adventure.

Kate Tulett, RARE Life

Kate Tulett, Business Development Director

kate@rarelife.co.uk

Kate’s background is solely retail. Having grown up working in, and eventually running her Family Floral & Interiors business (where she first met Emma!), Kate has spent the last ten years working for American-owned retailer TJX Europe, earning a place on their Buying and Merchandising Graduate Scheme, moving on to various roles across their nationwide store network and head office. Most recently in Store Operations for their Homesense brand division where she worked closely with their central strategic team as they grew the chain from 30 stores to 70+ stores.

Advisory Board Directors

Jamie Barratt

Jamie Barratt

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Jamie’s 20 year career included senior managing director roles as Board Director at Nomura bank and trading positions in the fixed income trading division of Credit Suisse. He now mentors, invests and has board director and advisory positions for a number of SMEs specialising in the non cyclical sectors: Spark Media Partners Ltd, Like a Shot Ltd media, Radiant Ltd, Currency Stream Ltd and Sevenoaks Private GP Ltd. Jamie has helped some 15 companies set up under the EIS scheme. He also manages investments in alternative assets and property development in his family company Agenda Capital Partners Ltd.

Oliver Black

Oliver Black

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Director of Bright Horizons, former MD of My Family Care and a non-executive director at Tinies and Stature PR, Oliver started his career at P&G as a brand manager with Oil of Olay and was part of the team that introduced P&G’s trailblazing maternity support programme. He was the first person in the UK to move the childcare market online launching Tinies in 2000 which went on to become the UK’s largest supplier of childcare and nursery staff. My Family Care was founded in 2006 with support from IBM’s work/life balance fund and established itself as the leading provider of Work+Family solutions for many of the UK’s best known employers. The service has received numerous awards including the Daily Telegraph CPP Trailblazers award, BT Business, Microsoft – The People Business awards, Smarta 100, HSBC Start Up Stars. In 2019 My Family Care and Tinies was sold to Bright Horizons. In his spare time Oliver is a proud father of three young children, which some describe as “living the brand” and has an unhealthy obsession with endurance races and sport.

Antonia Jamison

Antonia Jamison

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Antonia is helping out on strategy advice, she brings a proven track record in successful brand creation, growth and delivering return on investment gleaned through her experience of being a business owner and managing investments on behalf of family offices. She began her career in private equity running an early stage investment portfolio for a family office, she left to help run her family farm in West Sussex. She is passionate about gin and was part of the founding board team at Sipsmith. Antonia currently provides brand strategy advice on behalf of family offices and founders. She is currently a co-founder of Lockstep Capital Partners and has directorship roles with OTO cbd, Hattingley Valley English Sparkling, Fishers Gin, Unrooted Drinks and The Cornish Geothermal Distillery.

Bruce Langlands

Bruce Langlands

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Bruce was always destined to have a career in foods being born into a fishing community in Scotland where quality and customer service was key. To follow his passion for retail he joined M&S because they were leading the way in food innovation. Now with over 30 years’ experience within the food industry and latterly as a Director on the boards of two of the world’s best-known, best-loved brands, Harrods and Selfridges, Bruce has established himself as a highly commercial business leader with a hands-on approach. His passion is supporting artisan producers and in 2019 was one of 20 food industry experts in the UK to be awarded the title of Food Icon by Speciality Food. In addition he is the Ambassador for the Scottish Retail Food and Drink Awards, a member of The Guild of Fine Food, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and the Academy of Chocolate.

Sam Norman

Sam Norman

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Sam spent 20 years as an Oil Trader, all of which involved working for BP in London. He is in the process of handing over his role at BP to depart in 2021. Sam is currently a Director of Dirty Bones restaurant group and a Co-Founder of Hard Yards, a nascent investment company based in Winchester.

Yvonne Thomson

Yvonne Thomson

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Founder of UK Harvest, Yvonne is a highly experienced social, economic and physical regeneration specialist, qualified in community education and gaining a post graduate in Housing studies form Stirling University and Master of Philosophy in Urban Policy. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who are socially excluded and have no voice, opportunity or choice in life. She has worked in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

Yvonne believes that only through joint working and alliance that we will solve food poverty in the UK.

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