Curium Solutions – Simplified Change Management, Birmingham, West Midlands

Andy Dawson

Director and Co-founder

What you do at Curium?

I have been lucky enough to have been at Curium since its inception in 2008, and during that time I have been involved in pretty much everything that we do. Today, I spend most of my time talking to our customers, looking at new ways in which we can help them steal a march on their competitors, whilst being very pragmatic about the situations and challenges that they face. Having spent most of my career working in the financial services sector, I am excited by the huge amount of change impacting the legal and insurance sector for example, and I’m actively working with customers  to exploit the opportunities that these changes are creating, without over complicating things.

What you enjoy about working at Curium?

Having been here since 2008, it is the sheer variety of the problems that we help to solve, with no day being the same. I thrive on the longevity of the professional and personal relationships that we continue to develop and grow amongst our customers, with the rugby internationals being my favourite get togethers! I also love the fact that 5 years on from the collapse of Lehmans, when all around us thought we were made for leaving corporate plc, we’ve built a thriving consultancy business, full of great people who, in my humble opinion, deliver great results.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

For me it is family first and two young boys keep me smiling and laughing. Being amongst the more senior of the Curium team, I dabble with the odd triathlon when I can to keep myself in check, and follow most sports, especially rugby and cricket. My favourite time of the week is definitely the weekend, (no offense to our customers), looking for any excuse to hold a BBQ with whoever I can drag in off the street. As for all of us, holidays are always precious and we like to travel a bit further afield, especially if there is a sporting event thrown in.

What has made you proud in the past year?

Ducking out of work for an hour, to watch my 3 year old son Ben, jump on his bike, hurtle down a BMX track without a care in the world (although we had prepared him for the challenge as best we could)!! I can very vividly still see and hear his laugh as he fell off on the final jump, dusted himself down and repositioned his crash helmet, then looked up and run as fast as he could with his bike to the top of the course, to do it all over again! He did not fall second time around, he’d worked out what he needed to do at the final jump!