Having studied for a post-graduate qualification in marketing Doug worked for a number of years as a Marketing Executive where, amongst other things, he gained what was to prove to be valuable experience staging promotional events in major London hotels that involved such challenges as turning the Grosvenor House ballroom into a fairground and the ballroom at the Royal Garden Hotel in to a space station.
After this Doug decided to develop what had started as a spare time interest into a business and became an antique dealer specialising in late 19th and early 20th century ceramics, particularly the wide variety of products made by Royal Doulton. He became an authority on this subject writing several books, editing a specialist magazine, lecturing and was a director of the company, which launched the first Doulton Collectors Fair in the United Kingdom. This was held at The Park Lane Hotel in London.
More recently Doug has put the experience gathered during his marketing days together with his life-long interest in the theatre to good use by becoming involved in the world of entertainment initially working with Richard Morris on many television shows and then as Stage Manager for Court Productions where he worked on productions of Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly and The Marriage of Figaro as well as their open-air spectaculars starring, amongst other, Charlotte Church, Lesley Garrett and Marilyn Hill Smith.
Doug now divides his time between his antique business and Richard Douglas Productions.