Name: Gill Thorpe FCIPS, Chartered
Title: Founder & CEO
What is your role at The Sourcing Team?
Like any CEO Gill is engaged in all areas of the business – with a key focus on all thing’s client! She takes a key interest in supporting the team with client development, in building new client opportunities and in sharing insights across here network. She loves marketing, meeting people and networking and building partnerships to drive The Sourcing Team forward and to remain ahead of the curve.
Bit of history.
30 years qualified buyer - The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, past Chair and President of British Promotional Merchandise Association, volunteer - CIPS Trustee, currently on the CIPS Fellows Committee, CIPS SKG Marketing & Procurement, certified to WEConnect International – chair of the WBE Council and a huge supporter of diversity and supporting other women-owned businesses. She loves to share insights on ethical and sustainable business with a real passion for being a changemaker up and down the supply chain.
What do you particularly like about working at TST?
Every day brings new challenges, meeting and building relationships with so many wonderful people, visiting factories around the world and learn something new every day! She wouldn’t deny, running a business is hard work – but to do so with a team like ours is a true delight.
What’s your favourite Promotional Product and why?
Gill loves bags! And in her view, you never have too many - reusable shoppers, backpacks and of course, handbags – although, sadly, handbags are not a massive promotional item!
Name someone who inspires you?
“Many people inspire me, as a woman, I am inspired by incredible women. Those women who face enormous challenges in their lives but still make a positive difference. For example, Malala – “I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is the story of many girls.” – she is brave, passionate and awesome! “
What is your favourite pastime?
“I love socialising with friends and family, eating and drinking with friends is what life is really all about. Walking in the Surrey countryside with my hubby, crazy Springer Spaniel and our little Cockerpoo – ideally with a pub at the end of it. I also love my garden to just chill out in my little bit of heaven.”