About Us

Douglas Grant formed Douglas Grant Associates Ltd in 1998 (now trading as DGA Business Development-Hotels & Leisure) following 20 years focused on the hospitality and property sectors. His career includes working for major international companies in commercial, consultancy, and deal orientated roles as detailed below.
Since establishing DGA he has developed a proven track record of working with investors and operators in developing their businesses. He is a Founding Partner in 6 Owls Consulting, a cross sector alliance of industry specialists.

Summary Career Profile:
Nomura International plc /Nomura Research Institute: Industry Specialist; Phoenix Inns & Wizard Inns (seconded as Owners Representative/Commercial Director);Member of deal teams

Horwath & Horwath (Consulting) Ltd - Senior Consultant
Gleneagles plc (New Piccadilly Hotel) - Sales & Marketing Manager
Inter Continental Hotels / Grand Metropolitan:Front Office, Sales & Marketing, Duty Management

Forte plc - Catering experience & UK Hotel Business Development
Hilton Hotels - Front Office

Language abilityPortuguese & Spanish 


Qualifications and industry affiliations include:

  • BSc (Hons) University of Surrey, Hotel, Catering & Tourism Admin.
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM)
  • Member, Institute of Hospitality
  • Member, The Executive Network
  • Member, Institute of Directors
  • Associate,Hotel Investment Advisors

Previous Board Experience:

  • Supervisory Board, Jalta Hotel
  • Management Board, Phoenix Inns





Gillian Grant is a University of Exeter graduate in Spanish and French (BA Hons) with a career background in international banking including three years at the Bank of New York as a Credit Analyst and Marketing Officer.


Her roles included market and financial analysis for commercial clients (various industry sectors) and financial institutions for submission of loan proposals seeking Credit Committee approval. Gillian supports the business in market research and administration.


When specific projects require additional resource or specific expertise, DGA works closely with qualified and reputable Associates, all with in depth industry specific experience.


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