Our Team

Fiona Elliott (Director & Principal Consultant) has worked in the cultural and heritage sectors for over twenty years. Her specialist areas include business planning, project management, collections management, exhibition planning, conservation management and activity planning. Fiona has worked with a wide range of organisations, from community groups to national museums and has first-hand experience of working with listed buildings and Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Her expertise is based on the reality of operating independent charitable trusts and the challenges of ensuring financial stability. As the Chief Executive of the Thackray Museum she developed the museum's operational capability and its regional and national profile. Under her leadership the museum won a Visit Britain National Visitor Attraction of the Year Award. Fiona has a BA Honours in Archaeology from the University of Sheffield and an MA in Museum Studies from University College London.


Kate Elliott (Director & Principal Consultant) specialises in business research and analysis, collecting and analysing information about the strategic environment and organisational performance that is vital in developing realistic forward plans. She has a particular interest in understanding cultural audiences and improving access for under-represented groups. Her work ranges from supporting community groups to build the capacity to develop strong National Lottery Heritage Fund bids, to working with larger organisations to plan and deliver research programmes. Kate has a Masters degree in Business Research.


Victoria Beauchamp (Associate Consultant) has worked as a freelance historic researcher for over 20 years, providing background evidence for archaeological sites in the Sheffield area in particular those relating to the cutlery industry. Most recently she has worked with the Jessop Consultancy providing reviews of the historic evidence for sites in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. She was joint project co-ordinator of the Workers Educational Association successful Inclusive Archaeology Education project and has extensive experience of working with students with learning difficulties, mental health issues and the Deaf community.


Sheauran Tan (Associate Consultant) has over 12 years’ experience working in the arts heritage and museum sector including developing and delivering activity plans, designing evaluation frameworks and gathering and evaluating data for evaluation reports. She is also experienced in museum cataloguing, working with collections to increase their accessibility to researchers and the public as well as designing and delivering museum outreach and learning activities. Sheauran holds a diploma in accounting and finance and is an Arts Award Advisor.


Rebecca McIntyre (Associate Consultant) has been active in the voluntary and statutory sectors throughout her career in a diverse range of areas such as heritage, tourism, regeneration, volunteering and education. Her expertise includes activity planning, consultation, market research, business planning and funding applications.


David Boursnell (Founder) David founded DBA Consulting in 1998. After working with DBA for many years he now researches into naval and industrial history and runs the website www.steeliness.org.uk which features articles and research about the naval armour plate industry. David maintains a close connection with us and offers occasional advice and support to the team.