Designer, manufacturer, hard-headed business man, visionary thinker, engager and charismatic speaker, O.B.E., sardonic, amusingly off message - the enfant terrible of the design industry, Tom Dixon is a self-educated maverick whose only qualification is a one-day course in plastic bumper repair. These welding skills were soon put to work as Dixon explored the decorative and structural potential of recycled materials and industrial scrap. As Dixon's international reputation grew, he was approached by Italian furniture design company, Cappellini who worked to put some of his designs into major production. The "S" chair made Tom Dixon's name and now has a permanent place in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Tom was Creative Director of Habitat, and largely credited for turning round their reputation. He designed Habitat's flagship store on Regent Street and still consults for them as non-exec Creative Director. Dixon has now taken ownership of the Finnish furniture brand Artek founded by Alvar Alto. Artek has played a very important role in design history and Finnish national life.
Dan Docherty is an international Tai Chi and Qijong consultant who has taught, and continues to teach, thousands of students at seminars throughout the world. Since 1989, Dan has been the organiser of the British Open Tai Chi Championships. He is Chairman of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. He regularly contributes to martial arts publications and is the author of the recently published Tai Chi Bible (Godsfield, Feb 2014), Tai Chi Chuan and Complete Tai Chi Chuan. Dan learned Tai Chi Chuan while serving as an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force between 1975 and 1984. In 1980 he won the Open Weight Division at the fifth South-east Asian Chinese Pugilistic Championships in Malaysia. He is an LLB graduate from Glasgow University and holds a postgraduate CNAA diploma in Chinese. He regularly travels to the Far East, especially to China, for research.
Dan Doherty is the Chef Director at London's Duck & Waffle, with a restaurant on the 40th floor of Heron Tower in the City of London and the more informal Duck & Waffle Local in London's West End. He won Tatler's Rising Star Chef award at their 2013 Restaurant Awards and the Guardian declared him 'among the high priests of Britain's culinary revival'.He has appeared on BBC 1's Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and regularly speaks and demonstrates at festivals and events including Taste London and Meatopia. His second book, Toast Hash Roast Mash, was published in 2016.
Dan Doherty is Executive Chef at Duck & Waffle, London's first upscale 24-hour restaurant. In 2013 Dan became a weekly contributor to The Independent's 'Dish of the Day', where he now blogs about being a chef, the industry, recipes and more and recently joined Olive magazine as a columnist. His achievements have been honoured in the form of prestigious awards and accolades, including the title of Rising Star Chef, which he received at the 2013 Tatler Restaurant Awards. His first book, The Duck & Waffle Cookbook, was selected as one of the cookbooks of 2014 by Observer Food Monthly and Red Magazine.
Monty Don is one of Britain's leading garden writers and broadcasters. He has presented numerous gardening programmes on television including a five year stint as lead presenter of BBC's Gardener's World and Around the World in 80 Gardens. He has published 12 books including The Complete Gardener, The Jewel Garden (with his wife Sarah) and Growing Out of Trouble which describes his attempts to establish a small holding growing organic vegetables with local drug addicts. He was gardening correspondent for the Observer for 12 years and now writes for the Daily Mail. He is an organic farmer as well as gardener and is President of The Soil Association.
Sarah Don is a designer and worked with her husband, Monty, to set up their successful jewellery company 'Monty Don'. Since moving to Herefordshire, she has combined bringing up three children with training as an architect. She has created more than four gardens with Monty and is currently involved in setting up and running an organic farm.
Michael Donald is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. He shoots commissions for The Sunday Times, the Telegraph, the Observer and the Guardian, and his work has been published the world over. He has also had work exhibited in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Paris, at the National Portrait Gallery in London and at the permanent Centenary Exhibition in Belfast's City Hall.
Described by Jeremy Beadle as 'one of the world's leading oddity hunters', Paul Donnelley is a freelance author, journalist and pop historian. He is a Sunday Times Top 10 Best-selling Author with over 15 books to his name and contributions in many more. Paul has also written features for numerous national newspapers and magazines, and has published a number of sports titles including Television Sporting Heroes, The Arsenal Companion, Arsenal: On This Day and Cricket: On This Day. He is currently working on Hamlyn's Firsts, Lasts & Onlys sport series, which include Firsts, Lasts & Onlys of Football and Firsts, Lasts & Onlys of Golf.Location: Essex, UK.
Dr Douglas Palmer
Dr Douglas Palmer is a science writer and lecturer. His books include The Neanderthal, which accompanied the acclaimed Channel 4 series, Earth Time, The Atlas of the Prehistoric World and Prehistoric Past Revealed (MB). He is a contributor to a variety of publications including New Scientist, Science and BBC Wildlife Magazine. He is currently working on Evolution for Mitchell Beazley (2009).
David Douglas has a special interest in ancient mysteries, the environment and spirituality. A frequent traveller to ancient archaeological sites including Palenque and Tikal, he is the author of The Atlas of Sacred and Spiritual Sites and the forthcoming Atlas of Lost Cults and Mystery Religions.
Patrick Drake launched HelloFresh in the UK in 2013 from his living room, and from ten bags of shopping it has grown to become the largest service of its kind in the world, delivering 12 million meals each month across 9 countries. Patrick's mission is to teach cookery to those who've never been given the chance to learn, with simple, wholesome and delicious recipes. He stars in a cooking and travel television series that airs in Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, South America and India.HelloFresh sends its customers weekly recipe boxes containing the ingredients that each recipe requires. By including a questionnaire in every box, HelloFresh has been able to use customer feedback to develop some of the most carefully tested - and delicious - recipes in the world.
Jim Drewett is a professional sports writer who has worked on a number of magazines, including Four Four Two and Total Football. He has also written several books, including The Virgin Book of Football. He is a massive fan of football in general and still plays for a local amateur side most weekends.
Real Life mum of two and professional family photographer, Amy Drucker is known for her "emotional and authentic" style. As well as delivering work for her clients, she is a contributor at massive photographer's site "Clickin' Moms," and has been featured in Click Magazine.
Ian Drummond is Creative Director of the Indoor Garden Design Company alongside Pippa Robinson and David Grace. A true north London boy, Ian uses garden and horticultural design to express his understanding of city living. He has worked on art installations for the Barbican Art Gallery and on the Living with Nature Exhibition at St Pancras Station. He has also scooped up an impressive array of medals for design schemes and interior gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Ian's work mainly focuses on creative projects - film premieres, fashion shows and charity functions, including the BAFTAs and the annual Sir Elton John Aids Foundation's White Tie and Tiara Ball. He is also chairman of eFIG (European Federation of Interior Landscape Groups) and an RHS committee member.
One of Ireland's best-loved chefs, Kevin Dundon can usually be found busy at work in the Dunbrody Country House kitchens and cookery school. A chef with a love of locally sourced produce, he has cooked for many well-known celebrities during his career, including Queen Elizabeth II, President Bush and Bono.In 1997, Kevin and his wife founded the Dunbrody Country House Hotel, which has become synonymous with contemporary Irish country house cooking. In 2008, Kevin put his name to MGM Grand's new restaurant venture Raglan Road in downtown Disney, Orlando, and over the past few years has appeared on numerous TV channels in the US, Canada and Ireland. He is the author of Great Family Food, Recipes That Work, Full on Irish and Back to Basics.
Storm Dunlop is a former President of the British Astronomical Association. He is based in East Wittering, near Chichester, England.
Fiona Dunlop is the author of the critically acclaimed New Tapas in which she explored Spain's best tapas bars and, more recently, Medina Kitchen, which featured the best of home cooking in North Africa. For her latest book she has spent many months travelling in Mexico, tasting the food and talking to the locals. She writes regularly for the Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph, Observer and Olive magazine and has written several books, including many travel guides. Fiona lives in London.
Linnea Dunne was born and raised in Sweden, where she started her writing career as a columnist at the local newspaper aged 15. She left for Ireland a few years later and eventually moved to London, where she studied Creative Writing and Political Communications. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and two half-Swedish kids, trying to achieve that lagom balance against all odds. Linnea's work on subjects ranging from motherhood to women's rights and media narratives has been published by (among others) the Irish Times, the Guardian and the Irish Independent, and she also works as Editor of Scan Magazine. The irony of the fact that she escaped her home country, never made it back, and now spends the majority of her day writing about Scandinavian culture, innovation and trends is lost on no one.
Since shooting to internet fame under the name Miss Aniela, Natalie Dybisz's work has been internationally exhibited in galleries and fairs worldwide, and millions have seen her work online. She has been described as a "star" by both American Photo and, as well as "technically flawless" by Digital Photo Pro magazine. Millions have seen her work online, and she has appeared in leading newspapers and on BBC television. Also published by Ilex, her first book, Self-Portrait Photography, is available now.
Imogen Dyer is the unstoppable on-screen talent behind Weekly Imogen, the phenomenally successfully photography tips & tutorials YouTube channel which averages 50,000 views a day. Imogen and Mark began their photographic partnership in 2009 after a chance meeting at a village fete. Mark posted the images they shot together online and such was their success that they launched a YouTube channel to share their tips and techniques with Imogen presenting. Thus WeeklyImogen was born. In just four years it has become one of the biggest channels on YouTube, with over 150,000 subscribers and well over a million views a month with no sign of the growth slowing down.