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

If you have a particular business challenge or are looking to move your agency to the next level, we’ll work closely with you to connect you to an expert, whatever the issue. We’ve identified expert consultants with sustained and relevant experience in supporting the design industry, so you can rest assured that we can introduce you to the right one to meet your needs.

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 Eleanor Singh or call 020 7251 9229 for more information.

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: 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: Business processes, Financial planning, Legal & ethical, People


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Lucy Mann


Lucy helps agencies optimise their new business performance.

Areas of Expertise: 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 works with creative business owners to help them structure their agency for financial growth and overall success.

Areas of Expertise: 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: 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 on branding and experiential design and respected writer and speaker with over 20 years experience both client and agency side in the creative industries.

Areas of Expertise: Business processes, Financial planning, Legal & ethical, Sales & Marketing


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