About us

DHA are policy, research and communication specialists. We help communities, charities, networks and public sector agencies across the UK, and beyond, to understand and influence the world around them.

We work at all levels – from grassroots community projects to government agency initiatives – to deliver communications, advocacy and research expertise which helps shape real change, make sense of complexity and bring people closer to the decisions that affect their lives.

We specialise in arts and culture, global development and social change and sustainability, working across design, storytelling and strategy development through to policy advocacy, evaluation and learning.

 

Our expertise

Storytelling lies at the heart of what we do and the way in which we help people shape the world around them. We use our writing and design skills to develop powerful narratives which combine clarity and coherence with compelling content to inspire understanding and action across different platforms.

"Your flair and your close attention to detail made it a pleasure to work with you."

Cambridge Education

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Blog

Could ‘careless talk’ really cost lives? Jon Flinn looks at the language of the virus as lockdown eases in the UK Back in the war – the proper one – a whole series of propaganda posters promoted the message that ‘careless talk cost...

DHA Communications turns twenty this year. Daniel Harris, Managing Director, reflects on two decades in the business. The truth is, when you create a business, you can sort of make up your own rules.  Ours have been all about social and ...

We’re heading into week 6 of lockdown and Jon Flinn (DHA’s Director of Communications) is reflecting on whether we really are all in coronavirus together… Neighbours standing on their doorsteps to clap the NHS every  Thursday night are p...

Meet the Team

Daniel Harris Managing Director Daniel founded DHA and leads on our technical direction. He is a policy and strategic communications expert, advising and coaching global development programmes, agencies and NGOs on achieving reach and impact through creative communication and policy advocacy. Daniel draws on a career managing award-winning campaigns for trade unions, working as a special adviser to the UK’s first secretary for the Department for International Development and helping transform Liverpool into one of the UK's main arts and culture hubs. Jon Flinn Director of Communications Jon helps organisations get their stories heard and leads DHA's communications and advocacy for organisations in the third and public sector. He has played a key role in developing place-based narratives for culture bids across the North of England and, as a former journalist, helps shape the narrative of our policy and research work with clients working in the arts and for social change.

He is a writer, workshop facilitator, media specialist and trainer. He is also an all-weather cyclist and a fair-weather kayaker.
Tamsin Cox Head of Policy and Research Tamsin builds organisations’ understanding and evidence base to help them improve their practice and share learning with others. She leads DHA’s research, analysis and evaluation work, particularly in UK and the Europe-wide arts and culture sectors. Her expertise includes: larger-scale public events, urban regeneration and place development initiatives; cultural workforce experiences, development and inequalities; grant-making practices; self-evaluation methodologies and collaborative evaluation techniques; and organisational reflection and strategic development.

Tamsin is a Fellow of the RSA, an Associate at the Institute of Cultural Capital (University of Liverpool/Liverpool John Moores University) and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool.
David Casey Design Dave transforms ideas into clear and compelling visuals. He leads on all DHA’s design work and brings more than 15 years’ experience to developing creative visual concepts that re-brand organisations and their focus, convey data and bring clarity to research reports, digital data visualisations and websites.

Dave is a keen drawer and photographer who is inspired by his surroundings, whether it be up a mountain or on the tube.
Brenda Balmer Office Manager Brenda ensures DHA keeps ticking over. She manages our finance and administration, helping us to maintain efficient day-to-day processes and systems so we can deliver projects on time, within budget and to a high standard.

Brenda is studying to become a fully qualified accountant and a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. She loves to run and can often be found training for various charity races
Isobel Wilson-Cleary Communications and engagement specialist Isobel translates the complexities of pressing social issues into clear and accessible narratives that encourage individual and collective change. She manages DHA’s global development portfolio and brings a decade of experience from coordinating research uptake, developing digital creative content development and facilitating learning processes.

When not working Isobel can often be found with her head in a book, dreaming about her next travel destination or at board meetings for Beatfreeks and Birmingham Civic Society.

Connect with us

Liverpool – Birmingham – London

Head Office

68 Rodney Street
Liverpool, L1 9AF

Phone: +44 (0)151 709 0505

Email: info@dhacommunications.co.uk

London Office

Trident Business Centre
89 Bickersteth Road London SW17 9SH

Phone: +44 (0) 798 930 9058