It’s the turn of Daniel Cunningham in our next employee spotlight.
How long have you worked at Walpole Partnership?
I started working part-time on a specific piece of work, progressed to a full time contract and have been an employee for over a year – so about 2 years in total.
What’s your role at Walpole Partnership?
I’m a senior consultant, working on CPQ implementations, but in the last year I’ve also developed into the areas of management, partner engagement and new business development!
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I’ve always struggled with knowing what I want to do, never really had a ‘vocation’ as such but if you were to ask my mum she’d tell you that when I was young I wanted to be a binman (refuse collection operative)!
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
That’s a hard one! Completing my first sprint triathlon would be a good one. I was very sedentary for all of my 20s and most of my 30s but having kids encouraged me to start exercising when I was 38. I was also diagnosed with arthritis in my lower back and hip at about that time, which can be challenging and unbeknown to me, the event I entered was part of the British Triathon series, so I was last by a mile, but it was still a great thing to do!
What can you be found doing in your spare time?
I love listening to music, I’m learning to play the piano and I’ve been teaching myself to beat-match (mix 2 vinyl records together) but my main hobbies are cycling (mainly on the road) and cooking.
What one skill would you love to have or learn to do?
There are loads of things I’d like to be able to do, but I would love to be able to be ‘in the moment’ more. I’m constantly looking at the next thing and find it difficult to just be. Would be great to be better at that.
If you could time travel, where would you go?
I’d like to go 100 or 200 years into the future to see if we (the human race) managed to sort out the environmental mess that we’ve got ourselves into.
What one thing really annoys you?
I don’t really get annoyed, but as a road cyclist, some drivers clearly don’t like cyclists and use their vehicles to intimidate, by driving too closely for example. Not only is it extremely dangerous, but it’s sad how some people behave when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
What is your favourite film of all time?
I’ve always loved the Clint Eastwood / Sergio Leone westerns. I’m a big fan of The Godfather Parts I & II. Pulp Fiction is another favourite. But if I had to choose a box set for a desert island I’d go for the Laurel and Hardy short films which they made with Hal Roach because they would keep my spirits up!
Sweet or savoury?
When I was a kid I had a very sweet tooth which I grew out of, but I think it’s starting to come back in my old age. I don’t really eat milk chocolate at all but I do like dark chocolate.
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