Dare to Discover 2024

Mar 24

It was that time of year again - the annual gathering of Aventum Group. Just like the 2023 Dare to Discover event, the afternoon proved once more that not all corporate Town Hall events are created equal.

Breaking away from the traditional monotony and fluorescently lit boardrooms, home for the day was Woolwich Works in East London. With the theme for the day centred on exploration, people were dared to think differently and challenged to think about what their biggest ‘dare’ would be.

What is Your Biggest ‘Dare’?

With international colleagues and teams from around the world joining remotely, the event united the Group from near and far.

Kicking things off, Aventum Group CEO David Bearman took to the stage, detailing the importance of teamwork. David’s dare, to lead, followed a sensational weekend in Saudi Arabia for his son Ollie Bearman.

David’s discussion centred on how it is seldom the effort of just one person to get an entire project across the finish line - a theme that was mirrored when James Baird and Paul Richards took to the stage later in the afternoon.

Focusing on the importance of every individual’s role in motorsport towards a team’s success, David showed how that could be translated into business success at Aventum Group.

Dare to Inspire

Our very own James Baird and Paul Richards followed David with their vision of inspiration for the future - sharing details of Consilium’s dynamic journey in the last 12 months.

Marked by rapid expansion and the fusion of diverse perspectives, James and Paul delved into the plans for continued growth in 2024. Through expanded international relationships and the recruitment of top talent from across the industry, the plans to deliver Consilium excellence show no sign of slowing down.

Amidst global competition, they championed a high-performing team ethos in a team committed to prioritising people over profit.

Dare to Pioneer

Charlie Sim and Edmund Bradbury of The Foundation then seized the spotlight with their approach to pioneering. They explored the essence of true business success, emphasising the importance of being customer-led.

Dare to Move

Next up, Ian Anson of Rokstone discussed the importance of taking action, the power of creative thinking and overall adaptability - all of which he credited to Rokstone’s success. Ian highlighted the role of prompt communication, urging everyone to act now, without hesitation.

Dare to Innovate

Next on stage was Hasani Jess, who encouraged people to embrace the courage required to tackle difficult tasks. He urged people to remember that just because there is already a way to do something, does not mean it cannot be improved.

Following Hasani was James Fairgrieve, who announced the launch of the ‘Bear Cave’ initiative. An exciting and rewarding innovation challenge, open to all Aventum Group colleagues, the concept provides the opportunity to showcase individual talent and possibly even change the face of the business.

Dare to Challenge

Jamie ‘Adventureman’ McDonald, who also hosted the event, introduced his dare - to challenge. In a part of the afternoon which featured colleagues riding a static bicycle on the stage, he announced Aventum Group’s charitable plans for the year ahead, which included achieving a World Record in the EC3 Bike Relay. (Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more on that one)!

Dynamic Engagement

For those attending in person, colleagues were divided into two groups. Enabling people to connect with people they may have never met or worked with before, half of the Group took part in Robot Wars, while the other half faced a Formula 1-focused challenge.

Remote and international colleagues took part in an escape room task online, in an Arctic survival-themed challenge. Winning teams from all activities were crowned in David’s closing remarks.


With many colleagues attending their first Dare to Discover event, the afternoon inspired people across the business. We hope the lessons learned from the day will stay with each of our colleagues and dare them to seek out new growth opportunities personally and professionally.