Jane Bainbridge Jane Bainbridge is a freelance business journalist, editor and trainer. She has been a journalist for 15 years and before going freelance worked on Marketing magazine for eight years, latterly as deputy editor. Jane writes extensively on marketing, media and business issues for a range of magazines including Marketing, Media Week, The Marketer, Business Sense and Campaign. She also writes for The Independent, The Guardian and The Observer. Her other work includes ghost writing, corporate writing and the training courses include writing training for businesses and media training.
David C. Baker David C. Baker is the principal of ReCourses, a US management consulting firm that works exclusively with small service providers in the communications industry.
As a young boy, David grew up in Guatemala, living with a tribe of Mayan Indians until the age of 18, after which he moved to the United States. He founded ReCourses in March, 1994. Since then he has advised hundreds of independent firms and in-house departments.
He has been a frequent speaker at nearly every industry conference in the US (including HOW, AIGA and MYOB) and a frequent contributor to nearly every US industry publication. He is the leading management consultant to the creative service industry, helping principals for a dozen years.
He is also the author of the forthcoming RockBench title 'Managing (Right) for the First Time', which is due to be released later on this year. David and his work have been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, and BusinessWeek.
Jan Casey With over 25 years experience in the creative
industry, Jan has substantial expertise from both a business
and consultancy perspective. As a board director and shareholder
at Lambie-Nairn, she was responsible for the development
and direction of multi-disciplinary teams originating
and implementing complex, large-scale projects across
a variety of market sectors for clients such as ITN, BBC,
Boots, O2 and Channel Four.
As an independent consultant for over seven years, she
has delivered a unique set of skills for clients and consultancies,
combining her experience as a brand consultant, project
director, business advisor and coach and psychotherapist
to build brands, implement projects and facilitate organisational
change. Recent business clients include NHS, Land Securities,
BBC Broadcast, HM Revenue & Customs, Sky, Royal Mail
and Red Cross and design consultancy clients include hat-trick,
Pentagram and True North. Jan has chaired seminars on
the creative industry and is a fellow of the Royal Society
Lorna Dallas-Conte Spanning both design and business through her professional qualifications and her portfolio career, Lorna is well placed to support the DBA Professional Practice Programme. A first degree in Banking followed by a Masters in Design Management, Lorna has first hand experience of project management from a variety of stand points both practical within the Sector as well as theoretical.
Lorna has her own consultancy practice which in the past has been commissioned by the Design Council and the Arts Council as well as Business Link regionally and nationally to conduct research and develop tools and services for the Design sector. Lorna has also worked on several projects linked to the regeneration through creativity in the South East. Her business clients include Awarding Bodies, Design and Branding Consultancies as well as micro businesses and individuals.
Lorna is currently developing a new business model for the Charity London Printworks Trust, a specialist textile print facility which offers access and training for raw, emerging and professional talent from across the sectors of Art, Craft, Fashion and Design.
Blair Enns Blair helps owners/managers of design consultancies rethink their roles as salespeople and explains how what an agency sells is determined by how it sells. He challenges the assumptions of what is needed to win business and offers a way out of the cycle of endless pitches and proposals.
Fiona Myles Fiona originally trained as an architect and then after a Cranfield MBA decided to specialise in branding. She has worked as a senior brand consultant at both Wolff Olins and Elmwood, where her experience has included developing the brands for BTopenworld, Buster, Durex, Gazeley, NCR, Richardson Sheffield and GNER's catering brand Go Eat. Fiona currently works as an associate of Viadynamics and as an independent consultant. Recent clients include the Royal Mail, the Tabletop Group, RSPCA and she has worked with the Design Council for the past four years on the Manufacturing Campaign, which is now part of the Designing Demand programme.
Henry Lydiate Henry Lydiate is a legal and business consultant specialising in the creative arts. An experienced lawyer, manager, educationalist, strategist and change specialist, with a life-long commitment to the arts and to the support of creative practitioners and organisations through innovation, people development and co-creation. Over twenty-five years experience of international legal and business consultancy work in the creative arts, alongside work undertaken in other content-led industries such as sport, the legal professions, higher education, and public administration. Extensive experience as a public speaker, lecturer and trainer; published writer and journalist with broad experience of media liaison. Sustained commitment to supporting creative arts practice that has been recognised nationally and internationally, most recently by appointment as Visiting Professor to the newly designated University of the Arts, London (formerly The London Institute).
From a pioneering starting point in the mid 1970s, Liz has been influential in the introduction of professional practice teaching in art and design colleges nationally. She devised and acts as course director for the DBA Professional Practice Course, and established and managed BA and MA Design Management Programmes at University for the Creative Arts. She was course director for MA Enterprise and Management for the Creative Arts at the University of the Arts London, and now specialises in career and practice development for creative individuals, and business development for small creative organisations.
Mandy Merron Mandy Merron is a partner who works with design and other creative businesses of all sizes and at all stages of development. She has lectured and written on management and financial issues in design and marketing businesses and has worked with designers for over 25 years. Mandy has written sections of the annual survey "Financial Performance of Marketing Services Companies" and contributed to the quarterly publication "Marketing Services Monitor." She is lead partner in marketing specialist Kingston Smith W1 Corporate Finance where she advises clients on strategy as well as fund raising and buying and selling businesses. Prior to joining the firm Mandy was at the West End office Spicer & Oppenheim (latterly Touche Ross & Co) where she worked with a number of marketing services businesses at all stages of development. During this period she also spent time specialising in taxation and working with the firm's corporate recovery department on marketing services assignments. Mandy is also a director the Direct Marketing Association.
Barry Morris Barry Morris is an experienced business consultant with a strong financial and general management background, who has specialised in working with smaller companies and charities. He is a former finance director of Lambie Nairn & Co. and has been an independent consultant for the last five years.
Preddy, Partner, PREDDY&CO
Shan specialises in marketing consultancy and skills training for design firms and in-house design teams of all shapes and sizes, and from all design disciplines, helping them to improve their performance and profitability.
Preddy&Co’s consultancy work blends new business strategy and planning with client relationship management and development, and often involves client and prospect interviews. Their training programmes cover presentations, conference speaking, credentials meetings, pitching, sales, negotiation and client relationships.
In addition, Shan is a regular speaker and facilitator at international design conferences, and she also delivers marketing seminars for design-sector organisations across Europe. She is a skilled workshop and awayday facilitator, and teaches a wide range of training courses and workshops for the DBA.
Shan’s professional memberships include the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Institute of Directors and Marketing Society. She is an Elected Associate of D&AD, a Fellow of the RSA and an accredited consultant on the DBA Experts’ Register.
Her books How to Market Design Consultancy Services and How to Run a Successful Design Business have become international industry standards. Both are published by Gower with the UK Design Council’s endorsement.
Michael Thomson A seasoned consultant, strategist and facilitator, Michael has fostered and directed strategic thinking with and for many of Europe's leading design consultancies since setting up Design Connect in London in 1995.
Client side, Michael has added value consulting in innovation strategy (USA); strategic design management (Korea) and internal communications strategy (UK). He has run highly effective customer insight workshops in mainland Europe, in addition to facilitating the process that led to a fresh strategic direction for the digital presence of a major UK broadcaster.
An expert on national design policy, Michael has worked in Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Qatar and with the European Commission in Brussels.
Michael served as President of the Bureau of European Designers Associations, (BEDA) from 2007 to 2009 and on the Executive Board of Icsid from 2001-2005.
Michael has given keynotes in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Iceland, India, Latvia, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the UK.
Michael is Consulting Director on Strategy for tangerine, London.
James Woudhuysen James Woudhuysen is Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester. He helped install Britain's first computer-controlled car park in 1968, before graduating in physics. He was editor of Design magazine, 1979-82, and a co-founder of Blueprint. Director of research at the designers Fitch, 1986-91; associate director, the Henley Centre for Forecasting, 1991-5; head, worldwide market intelligence, Philips Consumer Electronics, 1995-7; director, product designers Seymour Powell, 1997-2000. His 320pp attack on outdated design and building techniques in homes and offices, 'Why is construction so backward?', was published by Wiley in 2004. He is also coauthor of Energise: a future for energy innovation (2009) and co-editor of Big Potatoes: the London Manifesto for Innovation (2012).
Kevin is a design strategist with a history of breaking new ground. Before founding Plan, he was director at the product design consultancy Seymourpowell, where he built one of the first dedicated design strategy teams in Europe. Over the past 20 years he has consulted for clients including Ford, HP, Lenovo, Mars, Nokia, Orange, 02, P&G, Psion, Samsung, Shell, Unilever and Yamaha.