Karen Field – CEO
Karen Field started her career in IT as a software engineer in real-time systems development. In 1987, she joined QA Training as Principal Consultant/Lecturer specialising in Microsoft Windows API development and Internet Technology, gaining an MBA in the process. Prior to leaving she set up and ran the Consulting Practice.
She later joined The Mandelbrot Set, eventually assuming the role of Managing Director until its acquisition by Charteris Plc in 2001. As Head of Operations part of her remit was the development and management of a first-class business and technical consultant pool. She resigned from Charteris in 2006 to form Curo with Mark Sewell.Karen has a passion for her horses. No longer able to ride due to an injury, she and her husband spend their spare time looking after her Blue Cross Rescue horses. One of her greatest achievements has been to care for a “non-rideable” ex-racehorse; within 6 months he was given the all clear to be ridden again. She has a son and daughter who fortunately share her passion for horses.
Mark Sewell – CIO
Mark has 20 years experience working in senior management positions within the Microsoft partner eco-system. He is a UCL Maths graduate and former software developer, gaining a wealth of experience working for prestigious organisations such as Price Waterhouse, ATOS Origin, IBM and Logica.
In the early 1990s, Mark co-founded ‘The Mandelbrot Set’ and oversaw its growth until acquisition by Charteris Plc in 2001. He then became a Director at ICS Solutions, founding and managing the DreamTeam between 2004 and 2006, until realising a dream of forming Curo alongside Karen Field.Mark is a keen cyclist who enjoys road riding, MTB and touring. He recently rode from the UK to Barcelona helping to raise over £100,000 for a charitable cause. He has five grown up children and divides his time between the UK and helping his partner run a holiday retreat in Northern Portugal.
Treesje Verlinden – Chief Operating Officer
Treesje Verlinden has spent the past 20 years working for, and with, Microsoft Partners. In 2009 she joined Curo as a Director bringing capability spanning business start-up, on/offshore technical resourcing centres, as well as building and forging strong relationships with clients, Microsoft talent and suppliers.
Treesje worked at QA Training, The Mandelbrot Set, Charteris and ICS Solutions with both Karen and Mark. Her substantial experience in operations and delivery within the Microsoft ecosystem are key in her current position. Treesje’s openness and affinity with people across different roles and cultures is a clear fit with Curo’s core values.Treesje is New Zealand born with Polynesian and Dutch heritage. Studying dominates her spare time, both in supporting her son and in being a perpetual student, currently carrying out post grad studies in psychology. She recently ran in the Windsor half marathon and did OK!
Di Mabe – Client Services Director
Di’s IT career started in software development moving into project management of large banking & manufacturing solutions and then on to commercial IT management. Joining Charteris plc in 2001, she was responsible for building a consultancy along with a Microsoft technology practice.
In 2006, Di took a new challenge as Sales Director for Microsoft Services in the UK. This enabled her to gain a stronger understanding of how to deliver successful Microsoft projects. Di joined Curo in 2010, bringing the combination of her sales and delivery leadership to support our clients and talent community in achieving their full potential.Di’s life has been kept very busy with her career and bringing up identical twin girls. Since a move to the beautiful coast of Pembrokeshire in West Wales she gets more time to enjoy the wonderful coastal walks with family and friends.