Our Team

Meet our executive team

Our executive team is dedicated to achieving exceptional results, with a focus on growth through innovation and collaboration. We uphold the values of responsibility and ethics, and work together in taking action to ensure excellence in all that we do.

David Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

David Thomas began as CEO of Brand Collective in July 2023.

His career in Australian Retail spans almost 30 years; for the last 16 years has been in senior leadership
roles as CFO, COO and CEO of large listed and unlisted businesses.

Starting his career at Sportsgirl Sportscraft Group as a Graduate, David then joined Country Road in late 2001, where he held multiple roles, including CFO and COO.  When Woolworths purchased David Jones in 2014, he was sent to Sydney to head the transformation of the new Group, where he continued to spearhead the changes within the Group, progressing to the role of CEO in 2017.  In 2019, after nearly 18 years with the Group, David decided to make a career change and resigned as CEO of David Jones.

He was immediately approached by one of Australia’s great retail families to work with Peter Lew to grow his retail Group, Brandbank. Through a combination of acquisition and brand start-ups, David successfully built Brandbank into a strong retail group comprising six retail brands; Seed, French Connection, Commonry, Allkinds, Kikki.K and Fine Day.

David is a passionate retailer and has seen much change during his time in the industry.

Aaron White

Group Leasing Manager

Alastair Davies

General Manager, Superdry & Replay

Aaron Gard

Group General Manager, Digital & Loyalty

Arnna Johnstone

Divisional General Manager, Footwear

Brooke Norton

Divisional General Manager, Designworks

Clare Hurley

General Manager, Review & Elka Collective

Christina Smith

General Manager, People & Culture

Joanne McGowan

General Manager, Information Technology

Lisa Shalem

General Manager, Business Development & Improvement

Rachel Digby

General Manager, Black Pepper, Yarra Trail & Marco Polo

Taha Burhani