DPA works with a small number of experienced consultants, using their specific skills to respond to the varying needs of clients and projects.

Debra Reay
Debra is a long experienced arts consultant and senior manager, who was a Director of DPA from 2008-2012. She is Project Director for Stratford Rising, and has worked widely on culture and regeneration issues, including projects for Thames Gateway London Partnership, Thames Gateway North Kent, universities in Kent, the Government Office for the South East.

With DPA, she worked widely including Thames Gateway London, the Host Boroughs Joint Cultural Framework (co-directing the Thames Gateway Cultural Forum), and projects in Cambridgeshire and Somerset.

Until 2003 she was Deputy Chief Executive of South East Arts, and before that she managed cultural programmes for Tyne and Wear DC, Lee Valley Regional Park and Cultural Partnerships.

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Sarah Tanburn
Sarah's consultancy, Sarah Tanburn Associates, specialises in strategic development for regeneration, cultural projects and community participation, working for a wide range of local, regional and national government agencies and departments.  With DPA, she has been developing the 30 Year Cultural Strategy for the Cambridgeshire Growth Area.

Sarah was Director of Culture & Regeneration at Brighton & Hove City Council until December 2002. Sarah's website is under development at

She can be contacted on

Charles Freeman
Charles Freeman has 25 years’ senior experience in the arts and cultural sector. From 2009 – 2013 he managed the work of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) Quality Place Delivery Panel, which has focused on cultural planning, creative industry development and place shaping. From 2011-2013 Charles has worked for PUSH as a part-time freelance consultant.

Between 2003 - 2009 Charles was Executive Director, Culture South East, with responsibility for managing programme of work to embed culture within regional economic and spatial planning policy, including brokerage of cultural posts in governance structures for Thames Gateway North Kent, Milton Keynes and South Midlands and Ashford Growth area.

He is an Expert Advisor supporting the Town and Country Planning Association prepare guidance on culture and sport planning and was a member (2006-2009) of the Living Places Project board.

He can be contacted on

John Knights, Finance and Contracts
John Knights is a project, management and development consultant working in the voluntary and public sectors. A registered architect, he was at the forefront of the community architecture movement and the development of advisory services for the third sector.

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