In the spotlight: Tim Farr


28 Feb 2019

In the spotlight: Tim Farr

We are thrilled to reveal the promotion of Tim Farr into Associate Director within our Executive Interim division. After a few years of a dynamic career in Penna, Tim will now be heading up a team of consultants to make sure our Interims get the best possible placements. We decided to sit down with Tim to learn more about him.


What motivates you?
This is going to sound a bit cliché but making a difference. I really enjoy the public sector market, engaging in meaningful conversations and working with people who can really affect change within society and that really motivates me.

How do you handle pressure?
I’m a very visual person. If I’m feeling under pressure I like to write it down, I find just by putting pen to paper this helps me think about an issue differently to tackle it.

What will change most about the world of Interim in the next few years?
Candidates, candidates, candidates. We’re already seeing the demand for candidates start to increase and I can only see this continuing as organisations increasingly rely on interims to deliver projects.

What’s your defining career moment so far?
I think my most recent promotion in January to Associate Director. This is something I’ve been working towards since I joined Penna in December 2015, so this is something I’m really proud of.

What film really changed the way you thought about something?
That’s a hard question. The final few minutes of the new Spike Lee movie BlacKKKlansman really stuck with me. The stunned silence in the cinema at the time is something I’ll always remember.

What would your moto be (if you haven’t already got one)?
Take each day as it comes.

Which leader do you admire the most?
Barack Obama without a doubt. I went to volunteer in the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania in 2008. The atmosphere in America at that time was really something – everybody wanted, needed change so working over there was really inspirational. I was there for three months from August until the election in November. It was an incredible experience.

What are you best and worst characteristics?
I would say my worst is that sometimes I can be quite impatient, but this is something I’m working on every day! My best, I would say is that I’m very collaborative. I’m always happy and willing to help out the team whenever I can.

What would you like to learn and why?
I think I’d maybe like to re-learn French. I used to speak French back in secondary school and I always enjoyed learning languages but it’s difficult to keep up with it as other commitments take over.

If you could choose anybody, who would you be for a day?
Why would I want to be someone else when I’m me?

Who would you like to invite to a dinner party and why?
Easy, David Attenborough. Just think that he’s had the most fascinating life and I’d love to listen to him talk over a glass of wine!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Always try and tackle your problems in small stages. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed and I always go back to this when I’m stressed.

What personal value would you never compromise?
Pride in my work. I always want to be known as someone who produces work of the highest quality, both externally with my clients and candidates as well as internally at Penna.