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HAMSTER WHEEL: “I’m Like a Non-Exec at My Own Company”
After six and a half years in control of everything at Curated Digital, Simon Douglass realised he wanted to focus purely on sales.

“I knew something in me wanted to step down from the doing, because I’d always been doing the doing,” he says.

“I was thinking, ‘Right, I actually need somebody to do this because I can’t do this, and I want some of my life back.’ I’m in my mid-40s, I’ve got two young kids, and I was in control of everything – but I didn’t want to be.”

He hired an account director and put a team in place to run the business for him – but he struggled with this once it was underway.

“Suddenly, I felt a bit useless,” he admits. “I didn’t know my place at all. It was a period of self-discovery. What do I do now? Where can I add value?”

The team he brought in has done so well in the last 12 months that they’ve actually needed him to temporarily step back IN to the business, to help steer the ship.

“They’d taken on loads of clients and needed a bit of guidance. I’m acting in a bit of a non-exec role, even though it’s my company,” he says. “I’ve got experience, so I can add value in a different way. I’m not directing but I’m there to support.”

“It feels full-on at the moment, but I know the end is in sight, and I know soon I can focus purely on sales, which is what I want.”

Join us to hear all about Simon’s steps off (and back on) the hamster wheel, and the emotional journey he went on to get to this point.

Sep 16, 2021 10:00 AM in London

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