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Managing people

This module introduces a range of skills and abilities you’ll need to manage people effectively. It’s aimed at people working in design who’ve had little or no training or experience in managing or supervising work colleagues.

We’ll look at options for design business structures, as well as the challenges and benefits of team-working.

The theme that runs throughout is how to achieve results through other people, and we’ll explore this through workshop discussion and practical exercises dealing with:

  • Delegation and empowerment
  • Goals and standards
  • Motivation
  • Reprimands and praise
Delegate feedback:

“Brilliant! Really helped the direction of my role in the company.” Nina Billington, Senior Art Director, Gavin Willis Art Direction

“I learnt how to deal with people’s issues and how to navigate these issues in the workplace.” Scott McNamee, Design Director, PSLondon

“Really useful session. I will definitely take back the changes and communicate them with our team.” Lorna Dixon, The Team


About: 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).


Available as a half-day in-house session for a group of 6 or more. Prices per person:

  • Standard rate £325+vat (£390)
  • DBA members £210+vat (£252)

We are able to offer the following discount structure to the standard ticket price, based on the numbers attending the session:

  • 8-10 people – 5% discount
  • 11+ people – 10% discount

To discuss availability, please contact us at or call 020 7251 9229.

All DBA events and training courses are subject to standard terms and conditions which can be read in full here.

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