We spend “2 mins with …” Marie Clarke, one of Totum’s consultants dedicated to recruiting Legal Operations, Innovation and Change professionals. Here she shares a little more about herself, hidden talents and her plans for 2024.

First job?

As a student, I worked at Argos (responsible for finding the items and sending them up to appear on the conveyor belt!).

What did you want to do when you were growing up?

A Marine Biologist – I was obsessed with Sharks.

Favourite season?

Definitely Summer

Favourite food?


Favourite colour?


First hero?

My Dad

Last vacation?

Tuscany, Italy

Favourite dessert?

Cheese board

Favourite music?

Electronic swing music

Tell us something people might not know about you?

I have a black belt in Taekwondo

What is your background?

I started out thinking I would work in HR, completing a degree in HR and Business. However, upon graduating, I took a different path and entered the field of recruitment. In 1998, I joined an IT recruitment firm in Birmingham. After gaining experience at a global commercial high street agency, where I managed a very busy temp desk, I moved into specialist HR & L&D recruitment. Some years later, I took the plunge and set up my own recruitment business working for nine years in the specialist area of learning technologies and digital transformation. I joined Totum in the Spring of 2023 and now recruit within the world of legal operations, innovation and change.

What advice would you give candidates?

Making a career change and looking for a new role can be a stressful time for many people; lots of uncertainty, frustration, change and sometimes the process can lead to doubts about your abilities and experience. It’s crucial during this period to remain mindful of your strengths, what we’re great at and focusing on highlighting our best bits! Try to avoid falling into the trap of negative self-talk and be kind to yourself! Oh and of course plan and prepare for your interviews, do your research and demonstrate genuine interest and passion for your area!

Any plans for 2024?

I am very excited to develop this area of Legal Operations and look forward to meeting new people and making lots of new connections within the sector. I hope to get back to Italy for more wine tasting and catching up on my growing backlog of podcasts.

If you would like to find out more about Totum’s Legal Operations, Innovation & Change function or chat through recruitment opportunities with Marie, she can be contacted at [email protected]