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.

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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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: Business processes, Financial planning, People, Sales & Marketing


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Lynne Elvins


Lynne ensures that business owners and senior teams invest wisely in design by providing independent consultancy or interactive workshops for groups to master the professional practice of design management, and how to align design with strategic business goals for competitiveness, growth, sustainability and transformation. This results in clearer strategic priorities, boosted creativity, defined end-user perspectives, effective design briefs and the right designers being commissioned for success.

Areas of Expertise: Business processes, C-suite design foresight, People, Sales & Marketing, Strategic design management


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Manish Kapur


Manish helps design agencies to scale and deliver award-winning work profitably. Working alongside agency owners to implement growth strategies, establish productive teams, increase efficiency and raise profitability.

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


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Michael Thomson


Through facilitating design-led strategy thinking for growth, Michael helps businesses and organisations around the world evolve their visions and strategies for growth.

Areas of Expertise: Business processes, C-suite design foresight, Leadership, People, Sales & Marketing, Strategic design management


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Natasha Ellard-Shoefield

Natasha Ellard-Shoefield


Natasha specialises in helping design agencies grow through the acquisition of new clients via a targeted business development strategy.

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


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Neil Pfister, DBA Expert - Partner, Corporate & Commercial, Fletcher Day

Neil Pfister


Neil has spent all his working life in Technology, Media and Telecoms, initially founding two IT start-ups with a focus on design and software development, and latterly as a solicitor in the field.

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


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Nick Gray


Nick advises creatives and brands, so both can thrive in today’s changing world - with particular focus on how agencies can grow a business, win new work and retain enjoyable client relationships.

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


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Ralph Ardill

Ralph Ardill


Ralph is an internationally recognised expert consultant helping businesses discover their purpose and deliver winning customer and employee brand experiences.

Areas of Expertise: Business processes, C-suite design foresight, Financial planning, People, Sales & Marketing


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