dga Business Development, Hotel & Leisure Sector

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 Founder of Arc Consulting Partners, a multidisciplinary consulting group focused on Hospitality,Real Estate and Tourism. Arc provides an overarching set of services from inception to delivery ranging from research, concept identification and design,planning,cost appraisal,project management and asset management. He is a keen cyclist and enjoys the arts.

Summary Career Profile:

Nomura International plc /NRI: 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 ability: 

Portuguese & Spanish 


Qualifications and industry affiliations include:

  • BSc (Hons) University of Surrey, Hotel, Catering & Tourism Admin.
  • Member, Institute of Hospitality
  • Member, The Executive Network

Board Experience:

  • Supervisory Board, Jalta Hotel
  • Management Board, Phoenix Inns
  • Committee,The Executive Network




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 of commercial clients and financial institutions for submission of loan proposals seeking Credit Committee approval.


Alongside her duties in teaching support and as a voluntary counsellor Gillian supports the business in market research, administration and report production.


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