Established as a recruitment company in 1980, the DMA Group has evolved to offer a comprehensive selection of HR and Research-related solutions. 

By engaging the knowledge and expertise of specialists in their respective fields, our team is able to provide effective and innovative outcomes to satisfy client needs in all aspects of Sourcing, Retention,  Outplacement and various Research-related activities.  Each of our three divisions, i.e. DMA People, DMA Global and DMA Research, has a specialised focus enabling us to service each client's individual, unique requirements.



The founding company in the group, DMA People has established itself as a leading Staff Sourcing & Retention services organisation. Employing highly experienced consultants, we strive towards the successful appointment of outstanding candidates through an in-depth understanding of client needs, as well as assisting in the retention of highly sought-after skills, in a "war for talent" environment.

In association with an established group of internationally respected Executive Search and Recruitment specialists, we offer access to a worldwide network as well as a significant local base for the sourcing and attraction of key executives as well as providing support and coaching to individuals in career transition.


Our sourcing services include Executive Search, Advertised Selection, Graduate Recruitment and Behavioural Assessments, whilst various programmes to assist with Staff Retention strategies include Mentoring, Coaching, Discus Team Analysis, 360 Degree Feedback and Staff Climate Studies. Based on extensive experience in  these fields, our Sourcing & Retention teams are designed to assist clients in finding and implementing the best possible solutions to their needs. Email us for more information.

The effective and speedy transition of a separated employee to a desired outcome depends on many things. Well-defined goals and realistic objectives are essential and their achievement is largely dependent upon the approach of the individual and his/her interaction with our trained consultant.

Ours are comprehensive programmes commencing at the ‘pick-up stage’ of retrenchment, working through the career progression process and culminating in the achievement of defined objectives. Focusing on the career transition phases of Separation, Preparation, Communication and Negotiation, we offer Group Programmes (2-4 days), Consolidated Programmes (8-12 weeks) and Extended Programmes (3-6 months). Professional global partnerships have also enabled the effective application of international standards to our Outplacement activities, enabling our establishment of a global footprint whilst enhancing our ability to provide and participate in the provision of seamless assignments for multi-national clients. Email us for more information.

DMA Research is a niche provider of research-related services in the fields of Media, Marketing, Monitoring & Evaluation and Labour-Related Research. More specific services include Print & Online Advertising Research, Media Content Analysis, Qualitative & Quantitative Consumer Studies, Business-to-Business Research, CSI Monitoring & Evaluation-related activities and the DMA Job Opportunity Tracking Study (DMA JOTS). For reliable, applicable and actionable information, contact us to find out how a study in these and other fields can be designed and implemented to meet your objectives. Email us for more information.




In terms of his search and selection activities, Derek is focused on executive, management and specialist appointments across a broad spectrum of disciplines and industry sectors.

He is also actively engaged in Behavioural Analysis, Team Building interventions and

Career Transition counselling - a topic on which he and his son Ross published a book entitled “A Bend in the Road”.


Derek is currently head of DMA Global and a Director of the DMA Group. Derek was first employed in a technical capacity within the Unilever Group and spent the first 17 years of his career in various management roles within the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry in Southern Africa.In 1980, He was attracted to management recruitment and executive search spending the next 36 years, initially in his own consultancy before joining a major South African organisation representing the then MSL Group, Coutts and DBM. Derek later served as Managing Director of both the MSL and DBM divisions until 2001 when he resigned to re-establish the DMA Group which he now manages with his son Ross.


Derek enjoys the outdoors, spending time with the family, is an avid rugby supporter, a keen cyclist and has served as Chairman of a community service organisation.


Ross started his career in marketing research in 1990 and since then, has gained extensive experience in both the marketing research and HR related industries, filling various positions across a range of functions in each, including at Director Level.

He joined DMA People (Pty) Ltd as Consulting Partner in 2002 and currently provides a selection of blue-chip clients with a broad range of HR and Research-related services in the fields of Sourcing (mainly Executive Search and Advertised Selection), Retention (including Discus Behavioural Profiling and Team Analysis activities), Outplacement (both Group and Individual programmes) and various qualitative and quantitative forms of Media and HR-related studies.


Having designed the DMA JOTS (Job Opportunity Tracking Study) in July 2005, Ross has since managed the data collection process of this study and analyzed the demand for skills in South Africa (or shortage thereof), as well as recruitment and tenders advertising behaviour in both print and online media titles, reporting on these trends to clients in various sectors on a monthly and quarterly basis.


Ross holds a BA (Communications & Industrial Psychology), a Diploma in Advanced Business Management, a Certificate in Economics and has studied German at an Intermediate level.