Compliance Officer Day:
Daniel Currie Interview

Published Date: 26th September 2019

Daniel recently joined LexisNexis® Risk Solutions through the Welsh Financial Services Graduate Scheme and was placed into a Compliance Officer role. Within the last few weeks, he’s been getting to grips with the business and his new role. So what is it that attracts Daniel to a career in Compliance and what does he get up to as part of his role?

So Dan, tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up in North West England, Preston area. I spent a long time in university. I originally went to University in Manchester to study Chemistry, but changed course and graduated in 2016 with a degree in Environmental Science. I’ve always been interested in numbers, data and science – hence why LexisNexis Risk Solutions was so attractive to me! My fiancée is from Wales, so I made the move here after graduating and we recently bought a house in Caldicot.

How did you find yourself in this role?

When I first moved to Wales, I was working in Insurance, but it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing long term. I did some research into the Welsh Financial Services Graduate scheme and it seemed a great way to transition towards the career I really wanted, in the compliance world. I was lucky to be placed with LexisNexis Risk Solutions, which is a perfect fit for me because I love all things data & compliance, and since the organisation actually provides solutions to organisations to help comply with regulation – I actually couldn’t believe my luck!

Since joining I’ve been impressed with how forward-thinking LexisNexis Risk Solutions is. The technology and innovation within the company makes the role so interesting and engaging.

What are you currently working on?

Since joining, my first project has been focusing on horizon scanning, to help us identify upcoming changes in regulation, fines, breaches and anything else we should be aware of as a business. Regulation is forever changing, so it’s fast paced and it’s really important that our organisation stays ahead of the curve.

I’ve also been meeting with different departments to understand the business better & to get to know the various processes that each department follows.

What is it that you enjoy about the Compliance Officer role?

I like the fact that it’s forever changing and it’s fast-paced. It makes every day different and challenging. I think there’s a mind-set around compliance being just box ticking, but this simply isn’t the case. There’s so much more to compliance for organisations, and even for the country, especially right now with the uncertainty of Brexit. Nothing stands still in this role and it opens up such a broad career path. People think that being a Compliance Officer means saying no to business functions, but it’s actually quite the opposite. It’s about enabling an organisation to do business in a compliant and sustainable way.

The important stuff; as an Englishman living in Wales – who do you support?

Always England!

What are the best words to describe you?

Driven, competitive but at the same time, pretty laid back!

What do you do in your spare time?

Football… and relaxing with my friends and fiancée!

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