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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Experts

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.

Ask an Expert
At this exceptional time, DBA Experts are offering DBA members an extra level of support to help steer you through the next stage of dealing with the effects of Covid-19. For a limited time, some will be offering free, one-off, “ask an Expert” conversation slots to provide DBA members with a vital touchstone on the particular challenges you are facing right now.

  • These calls won’t form consultancy, but they will offer an opportunity for DBA members to discuss one topic in an area of expertise relevant to that DBA Expert. 
  • The duration and structure of the call will be at the discretion of the individual Expert and they may ask you to provide some information prior to the call.

DBA Experts who are participating each week will provide a Calendly link on their profile where you can book in with them directly. Please use the search bar below to look for those Experts who cover the topic you wish to discuss, or alternatively select ‘Ask an Expert’ from the categories dropdown menu to reveal a list of experts participating in this initiative.

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 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 processes, Financial planning


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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: Ask an Expert, People, Sales & Marketing


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Jeremy Paterson, IF Media Consultancy

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: Ask an Expert, Business processes, Financial planning, People, Sales & Marketing


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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


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Jonathan Gaunt

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


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Jonathan Kirk

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: Ask an Expert, Business processes, People, Sales & Marketing


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Julian Davies

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: Ask an Expert, Business processes, Financial planning, Legal & ethical, People


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Katherine Sandford-Anderson


Katherine helps design-led businesses with their external communication through PR and Digital Marketing strategies and activations to generate brand awareness. She has been doing this for the past 10 years as head of her own agency Sandford PR, and for a previous ten years in other agency and in-house roles working across a wide portfolio of clients.

Areas of Expertise: PR & Communications, Sales & Marketing


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Lucy Mann


Lucy helps agencies optimise their new business performance.

Areas of Expertise: Ask an Expert, Financial planning, People, Sales & Marketing


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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: Ask an Expert, Business processes, Financial planning, People, Sales & Marketing


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