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Curium Solutions – Simplified Change Management, Birmingham, West Midlands

James Farrow

Strategy and Consulting Director

What you do at Curium?

I oversee Customer Solutions, which covers all products and services we provide to our customers across both Practices of Change Delivery and Capability Development.

What you enjoy about working at Curium?

When work and passion blend,s it genuinely feels like getting paid for doing my hobby. Add to that a team that I love to work with and that describes what it’s like working at Curium.

The difference we can make to the individuals and teams we work with literally changes lives and that means we take on a huge responsibility as well as a challenge. I love that our work keeps us humble and respectful in this way.

What you are passionate about outside of work?

I’d sum up my passions as family, learning and living. To me life is about relationships and experiences that help me to grow so that hopefully I can give back some of what I learn on the way. My passions have led me to take on amazing challenges, not least to learn how to speak French – I feel with my wife being from Nice, it is an essential family bonding skill to learn…!

What has made you proud in the past year?

A year ago, I made a promise to raise money for a close friend of mine when she was diagnosed with MS out of the blue. Having not ridden a bike since my teens, I set a goal to ride 100 miles in July. It transformed me in many ways, not least physically as I lost 10kg in 16 weeks, but also from seeing someone so close go through something so traumatic with such bravery; it gave me some much-needed perspective.

Two moments in the ride stood out for me, firstly was seeing my family at the 90th mile (a photo of Téo and Sienna, my 1 and 3 year old, waving their sign ‘let’s go daddy-o!!’ appeared on the front page of the MS website) and secondly was seeing my friend when I crossed the finish line – it was emotional and worth every ounce of pain on the saddle.