Ruth has worked in the interiors industry since the age of 19. She started working in the Mathmos shop (inventors of the lava-lamp) and soon got work experience in the press office, realising that PR was the area she wanted to specialise in. During her career she has also worked at Purves & Purves, The Conran Shop, and Cath Kidston, where she was PR Manager for five years (2004-2009). During her time at Cath Kidston, Ruth was part of the incredible growth of the brand and oversaw many exciting projects including the famous Millets collaboration in 2005 – which sparked a huge trend in ‘glamping’ and also meant she didn’t have to pay for her Glastonbury ticket that year. Ruth is a huge music fan and makes sure she gets out at least once a month to a gig. She regularly bores the rest of team Rumour with playing her latest discoveries loudly on Spotify.
Mel came to the UK in 2001 after finishing a diploma in design in her home town of Sydney, Australia. Her first job in London was for the lifestyle brand Graham & Green, and Mel played a huge part in helping the mail order side of the business grow during her five years there. Mel joined Cath Kidston in 2006 as part of the marketing team, and was responsible for producing the catalogue and growing the customer database. Mel loves making stuff (anything from knitting and sewing to general DIY), dining out and decorating her home. Mel is a mum of three and married to Larry which keeps her very busy.
Amy Silvester (Currently on Maternity Leave)
Amy joined the PR team in March 2011. She has worked as an Interiors PR at agencies for over seven years on brands including Nina Campbell, Method and True Grace. She is admittedly a geeky obsessive about homes and interiors trends (mainly Mid-Century Modern still), trawling the internet, car boots and brocantes for junk finds and finding perfect homeware pieces (especially mugs, she loves mugs). As an outlet for her interiors obsessions she launched the Daisy Fay Interiors blog in 2007 that was recently listed as one of The Independent’s 50 Best Interiors websites in September 2013. You might also notice that she likes cats.