Members’ Area

From receiving expert help and guidance to benchmarking your business’ performance, the Members’ Area is a gateway to resources, services and support specifically developed for those working in the field of design.

Some sections are exclusively accessible to DBA members, connecting you to the extensive range of benefits your membership provides.

DBA membership extends to everyone working within your business – all members of your team can register for their own password – ensuring the whole team benefits.

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DBA Experts are here to help you navigate the challenges and decisions you face as you grow your business. Our register of accredited expert consultants have sustained and relevant experience in supporting the design industry, so you can rest assured that you will be getting sound, high-level support.

Our Experts have extensive experience supporting the creative industries and are:

  • DBA approved.
  • Recommended by peers.
  • Reference checked.

If you’re interested in becoming a DBA Expert find out more. Alternatively email Adam Fennelow or call 020 7251 9229 for more information.

Jack O’Hern

Jack works with owner managed businesses to help them first identify and then achieve their goals, through a combination of strategy and tax planning.

Areas of Expertise: Business strategy & processes, Financial planning


Jeremy Davies

Jeremy works with consultancies to bridge the gap between positioning and proposition, and be more proactive and productive in their approach to business development. He helps creative people maximise their resources, nurture a new business culture and find the right blend between sales and marketing. An experienced mentor, and a hands-on, creative marketer and writer, he helps empower agency owners, and their new business teams, to create better content, and get better results.

Areas of Expertise: People, Sales & Marketing


Jeremy Paterson

Jeremy helps SME agencies to drive growth and efficiency by bridging the gap between operations, commercial and finance to create transparency, enabling business leaders to make confident, informed decisions.

Areas of Expertise: Business strategy & processes, Financial planning, People, Sales & Marketing


John Gleason

John helps brands and corporate organisations elevate design as a strategic business competence. He supports agencies become more relevant for the clients and markets they aspire to serve - and in the process become better businesses. John enhances the intersection of client/agency relationships via match-making, agency relationship strategies, “marriage” counselling, relationship evaluations, industry benchmarking, negotiation and value management, and compensation modelling.

Areas of Expertise: Leadership, Legal & ethical, People, Sales & Marketing, Strategic design management


Jonathan Gaunt

Jonathan believes in doing finance better together and he believes designers deserve a ‘best friend in finance’. He wants to help their design business clients succeed and be their trusted adviser, enabling them to drive their business growth and success.

Areas of Expertise: Financial planning


Jonathan Kirk

Jonathan Kirk advises a wide range of agencies on all aspects of business improvement and growth, challenging some of the ingrained assumptions that exist in our industry and providing effective, insight-led advice.

Areas of Expertise: Business strategy & processes, People, Sales & Marketing


Julian Davies

Julian has spent over 25 years working with design and other creative agencies helping them become more profitable grow and, if required, help them sell.

Areas of Expertise: Business strategy & processes, Financial planning, Legal & ethical, People


Katherine Sandford-Anderson

Katherine helps design-led businesses with their external communication through PR and Digital Marketing strategies and activations to generate brand awareness.

Areas of Expertise: PR & Communications, Sales & Marketing


Lucy Mann

Lucy helps agencies optimise their new business performance.

Areas of Expertise: Financial planning, People, Sales & Marketing

Lucy Unger DBA Expert

Lucy Unger

Lucy helps put your issues into context. As a highly experienced, commercial and culturally fluent business leader she understands what questions to ask, and when, to help you and your business move forward. As someone who constructively challenges you, she makes it less lonely at the top.

Areas of Expertise: Business strategy & processes, Financial planning, People, Sales & Marketing


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