Founder and Managing Director
Kristina Hetherington is founder and Managing Director of Design Clarity. She has 24 years professional experience working across a broad range of design disciplines. After working as an interior architect in both Australia and the UK she set up her own design studio in 1999 in Sydney. Her time with Harrods Architects in London gave her great exposure to leading international retail design. The London Design Clarity studio opened doors in 2004.
David has been there from the beginning of Design Clarity. He has a head for numbers and a talent for strategic thinking. David leads our strategy work. He has a background as a strategy consultant for a global management consulting firm. David established a progressive social policy think tank, writes regularly and can be seen from time to time on ABC’s The Drum panel commenting on politics, the economy and current events. David has facilitated our workshops and participated in DC presentations to brands including Optus and NRMA.
Design Director - London
Danielle is the Design Director of our London office, after relocating from Sydney where she has been a key member of the Design Clarity team since 2010. She has a positive upbeat personality, with an obvious passion for great design. She has been concept designer on many of our individual retail and hospitality projects including Bonds, Nando’s restaurants and the Quiksilver Byron Bay store. She has also lived and studied in Genova Italy and shows the confidence to adapt to new challenges with ease.
Business Development Director - London
Isil heads up our Business Development in London, with a background in design and valuable cross-sector retail strategy experience covering financial, fashion, F&B and more. She has been responsible for BDM in the UK and abroad at Fitch and I-am Associates London offices before joining Design Clarity in 2016. Her personality is warm and she welcomes any opportunity to engage prospective clients in discussion to detail the way we work, what makes us different, and the journeys we explore.
Lea manages and guides the design team and acts as key client contact throughout the lifespan of our projects. With degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts, a Masters in Design and a diploma qualification in Interiors, Lea combines industry knowledge with a creative design sense, ensuring that our design delivery exceeds client expectations. Lea started her career in her native Canada, then moved to Australia. With over 20 years experience and a passion for the design industry in its multitude of layers, Lea is a key member of the DC team.
Business Development Manager - Sydney
Iris joined our Sydney Studio as Business Development Manager to combine her past account management experience with her passion for design. Iris comes from a background in commercial real estate, initiating her career with CBRE in France before joining the Sydney market. She is an energetic professional with a positive attitude and a focus on building and maintaining strong client relations. With exceptional organisational and communication skills, Iris enjoys a collaborative way of working.