Having grown up in the Phillips family that owned and operated Gulliver’s Kingdom Theme Park in Matlock Bath, Duncan has spent a lifetime in the family entertainment business. In the very early years, during the school holidays, Duncan learnt the industry working on the park and gained a unique insight into the operation and development of the emerging visitor attraction industry in the UK.
Duncan studied at Nottingham University in Urban Design and Town Planning, going on to complete a Masters Degree in Urban Design and Environmental Planning. During this time he started to apply urban design/city planning concepts to the attractions industry, to develop new strategies in the design and layout of attractions and how they can influence the operational side of the business.
Duncan spent some 15 years building up Gulliver’s from one park to four, across the country and by early 2006 it was the largest family owned theme park group in the UK. Following a passion to pass on his own experiences to others, in June 2008 Duncan set up DP Associates, a strategic leisure consultancy delivering a wide range of advise and planning services to the visitor economy worldwide.
Never far from leisure operation, Duncan launched DP Leisure to develop and roll out a new breed of visitor attraction, 360play. Launched in 2009 in Milton Keynes, with sites now in Stevenage, Leicester, Basildon and Redditch, this latest leisure attraction is set to roll out across the UK and overseas.
Duncan’s wider interests include Board Director of BALPPA (British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers, and Attractions) where he takes a keen interest in the political lobbying of the UK Tourism Industry. Active member of IAAPA(International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) and Non Executive Board Director of Destination Milton Keynes.