Outstanding professionals, with the enthusiasm and expertise to deliver.

The Curve

On demand technical experts ready to turn your vision into reality. Our passion is helping you succeed.

We're a group of industry-leading professionals excited to use our skills and experience to make your technical solutions work the way they should.


The Curve was founded by the elite group of engineers and leaders who previously designed, built and ran the UK's most successful Global Telematics Platform, from the ground up. The company they built is a global success and currently employs more than 100 people in Sheffield.

After finding success, and united by their passion for technical excellence and fostering the very highest process standards, the team started The Curve to help others design and deliver their ambitions.


Paul Ridgway

CEO and Founder

Paul is an experienced Software Engineer turned Strategic Technology Leader.

Since graduating from The University of Sheffield with a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Software Engineering Paul has turned his hand to Technical and Operational Leadership, co-founding and growing a successful technology start-up in the UK to become a sustainable global business worth millions of pounds and employing over 100 people. In addition to the original design and build of the entire technology stack, he hired and developed a team of over 80 engineers and other technology professionals and led them to deliver high-quality software, on time and on spec, to customers all around the world.

Paul operates successfully at all levels of business working with developers, product teams, leaders and executives, often acting as a bridge between different business functions, translating requirements into specifications, expressing highly technical concepts with easy-to-digest real-world metaphors and designing solutions for complex problems.

Paul's interest in Engineering extends beyond Software to electronics, embedded systems, and other real-world applications.

James Ridgway

CTO and Founder

James is an experienced Software Engineer and Leader of Engineering Teams.

Since graduating with a First Class Honours Masters degree in Software Engineering from The University of Sheffield James has worked across numerous technology stacks from Android development and web development through to data science analytics and building distributed platforms of microservices. His approach to engineering is quality focused, with an emphasis on consistency, best practice and technical excellence.

Experienced in technical leadership James has transformed poor-performing, high-attrition teams to delivering regularly and consistently. In transforming teams, James has re-built team cultures, instilled best practices, embedded continuous improvement processes and enabled individuals and teams to reach their potential.

Melise Jones

Business Development Director

Melise is a professional leader experienced in global sales, customer service and operations. She has been part of the technology business sector for over 30 years delivering customer-facing solutions and services. At least 15 of those years have been in senior leadership roles with internet technology pioneers like Bolt Beranek & Newman (BBN), award-winning UK Internet Service Provider Plusnet Plc and multi-national software company, WANdisco.

After a 4-year tour of duty as a Cryptographic Operations Technician in the United States Navy, Melise spent 18 years on the Network Operations leadership team with pioneering internet company Bolt Beranek & Newman. Melise was a member of the Senior Management team at Plusnet Plc as Head of Major Customer Partnerships, leading the cross-functional team of developers, support engineers and service delivery managers before moving on to lead the Sales Operations Team at AIM-listed WANdisco. Primarily post-sales, this role gave Melise direct responsibility for service delivery, customer success and satisfaction