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Actuary of the future: Richard Higham

Employer and area of work
Mercer, employee benefits consultancy.

Date entered Profession September 2007.
Describe yourself in three words Ambitious, conscientious, easy-going.

What’s the best thing about your job?
I work with a great bunch of people.

And the worst?
I enjoy the study but it can be tough studying and revising as well as working full time.

Tell us your formula for success
Always aim high and learn from your mistakes.

What’s your best attribute?
Determination. I won’t let a challenge put me off.

And your worst habit?
Never admitting my worst habits.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
Saying one thing and doing another. I like people to be honest and down-to-earth.

Alternative career?
I’m enjoying my current job but I think I would enjoy teaching if I changed my mind.

Favourite film & gadget?
I love all decent epics. Gladiator is probably my favourite. Favourite gadget? That would probably have to be my Wii.

How do you relax away from the office?
I like playing tennis and sailing. Anything that involves fresh air and exercise.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
Both my parents are foreign language teachers and I’m terrible at languages. In return they have no idea what I do for my job, although I guess that isn’t that unusual.

Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with?
I think it would have to be my girlfriend with some provisions.