Meet Ally Dowsing-Reynolds, our neurodiverse, interiors-loving CEO
Our interiors-obsessed CEO
Having spent two decades working in advertising agencies and leading teams of marketing specialists, Ally’s expertise and areas of interest span everything from core brand strategy to wider business leadership and company culture.
Ally’s enthusiasm for anything she’s involved with is infectious, which is what makes her such a brilliant CEO. Her intense in an approachable way and fiercely passionate about nurturing talent, supporting our teams to be their best.
Immersed in the world of home interiors, Ally understands just how much our homes impact our lives.
I love to share how certain changes can create a space that feels great and reflects your personality. At D&R we focus on the design details of everyday interactions… Taking them from boring, to inspiring.
Living with neurodiversity
Ally has ADHD, something she’s come to terms with after receiving her diagnosis as an adult. She works hard to raise awareness of neurodiversity and how it impacts people in their daily lives, from how we interact with our homes to how we communicate with friends and family.
Her three-part column series in Real Homes magazine explained in detail just how people with ADHD are affected when it comes to home interiors and what we can do to make more conscious design choices in the face of neurodiversity.
Ally is reguarly featured in leading home and interior magazines, has talked on stage at the biggest home shows and even appeared on TV chatting all things home interiors. A woman in demand, here are a few of the places she’s been featured.
‘Our ADHD doesn’t hold us back — it’s our superpower’, The Times
After appearing in the Sunday Times 100 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the UK, Ally and James spoke about their D&R journey and how their neurodiversity has never held them back.
7 lessons we learned from Ally Dowsing-Reynolds’ dark and daring house tour, Real Homes
After appearing in Real Homes magazine for an in-depth nosey at her and James’ home in Leeds, Ally gave her top tips on finding your design personality.
Kitchen lighting: it’s more than spots and pendants, Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms podcast
Ally spoke to Lindsay Blair, editor of Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms magazine for their ‘how to buy a kitchen or bathroom podcast.
Behind the scenes at Dowsing & Reynolds, Internet Retailing
Ally spoke to Internet Retailing to tell the story of the D&R brand and her plans for the future of the business.
How to light a room: Expert tips from interior designers, Reader’s Digest
Ally talked about the importance of layering lighting and gave her top tips on how to get started with room lighting design.
Tips and perspectives on neurodiversity in the workplace, Guild
Ally gives advice for neurodivergent professionals, sharing tips that have helped her manage her ADHD in the workplace.