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Born Ugly

Who we are

Born Ugly is a brand transformation consultancy and a creative partnership. We are a team of strategists, creatives and change activists on a mission to create work that improves the experiences and lives of everyone who feel its impact. We are the founding agency of Elmwood and were reborn as a standalone consultancy in 2020. You could say ‘born again in the ugliest of years’! We have a track record that spans 4 decades and 6 continents. Creating extraordinary impact and changing lives for the better are always at the heart of what we do.

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Years experience


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Creative & effectiveness awards

Why Born Ugly?

Our name is born from a fundamental truth that even the very best of ideas start ‘ugly’. Whether they help start a fledgling business or help a brand leader stretch their advantage. They all start raw, uncrafted and lacking validation. More than this, the creative process itself is ugly. It is not a sausage machine. It is a process driven by the tension that pushes boundaries and delivers extraordinary impact.

It is a process that is in our blood. Born more than forty years ago, we have always believed that ugly fights harder. Ugly has somewhere to go. It feeds bravery and endeavour. Ugly isn’t scared to embrace dangerous creative that has the power to disrupt and break through. With conviction, ugly redefines the status quo and creates something truly remarkable.

Discover the power of ugly.

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Our Team

  • Sarah dear

    Sarah Dear
    Managing Partner

    Wander bruijel

    Wander Bruijel
    Senior Partner, Provocation

    Rob Skelly

    Rob Skelly
    Associate Creative Director

    Kelly Broomhead

    Kelly Broomhead
    Senior Client Director

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    Lizzy Cooney
    Provocation Manager

    Holly Cullip

    Holly Cullip

  • Rachael Edwards

    Rachael Edwards
    Design Director

    Sarah Goldthorpe

    Sarah Goldthorpe Sykes
    Senior Designer

    Ella husted

    Ella Husted
    Studio & Events Manager

    Tori Morgan

    Tori Morgan
    Senior Client Manager

    Ian schofield

    Ian Schofield
    NED & Sustainability Consultant

    Steven shaw

    Steven Shaw
    Design & Production Director

  • Ethan Wainwright

    Ethan Wainwright
    Senior Manager, Provocation and Creative Strategy

    Amy Dennis

    Amy Dennis
    Client Director

    Ryan Spence

    Ryan Spence
    Senior Creative

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    Emma Salvesen
    Client Director

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    Ellie Harris
    Account Manager

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    Sharanjit Chaggar
    Finance Manager

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    Iona Dowds
    Junior Designer

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    Tim Bowman

What we believe in

We are here to help our clients make a dent in the universe. This takes guts, grit, and trust. That is why we value building true partnerships built on mutual understanding, transparency, and with a passion for seeing things through. We believe in knowing our stuff and not leaving any stone unturned. And we are passionate about creating heart-pounding solutions that answer dizzying challenges. The impact we make together is personal to us. As every one of us is a partner in the Born Ugly business, your success is also our success.

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Two creative game-changers join the Born Ugly team

Born Ugly welcomes Ethan and Amy as we continue to grow our creative problem-solving capabilities for clients worldwide.

Born Ugly helps MitoQ create most successful brand campaign yet

Campaign establishes refreshed brand, whilst delivering +4% YoY revenue growth and doubling ROAS

Changing Lives One Cell at a Time

A new empowering cell health category for health innovator, MitoQ

Let’s create something

Find out how we can help you break through and do the unexpected.