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Meet the team — part two

Richard Elliott
Arts editor

Employer and area of work
Royal London, Projects Team.

What do you do for The Actuary?
Arts editor.

Describe yourself in three words
Little bit pretentious.

Best thing about working on the magazine?
Writing about topics I’m interested in.

And the worst?
Nothing negative so far.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
Rudeness.

Do you have a famous look-a-like?
Michael Stipe.

How do you relax away from the office?
Reading John Updike novels and listening to Sufjan Stevens records.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do” — Bob Dylan.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Owning a car I don’t really need, although it’s a Škoda Fabia so it’s hardly that extravagant.

Is the glass half full or half empty?
It’s overflowing.

What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
Spending a season snowboarding in Whistler without health insurance.

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James Monk
Deputy features editor

Employer and area of work
Saga Services, motor insurance pricing analyst.

What do you do for The Actuary?
Deputy features editor.

Describe yourself in three words
Adventurous, ambitious, genuine.

Best thing about working on the magazine?
Christmas parties! Plus you get to read some really interesting articles every now and again.

And the worst?
The time it takes up during the week when things get busy.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
A lack of ambition. As Einstein said: “Genius is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.”

Do you have a famous look-a-like?
Depending on which deluded soul you talk to, apparently Prince Harry without the ginger hair.

How do you relax away from the office?
I love to run, and I am sure I am not alone in loving the traditional drink down the pub.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“You will get out as much as you put in to anything.”

Is the glass half full or half empty?
Perspective shapes everything, therefore the key is to remain objective.

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Michael Scanlan
Profession news editor

Employer and area of work
Actuarial Profession, PR/press manager.

What do you do for The Actuary?
I write and edit the profession news and education pages.

Describe yourself in three words
Short, loudmouthed, Glaswegian.

Best thing about working on the magazine?
Seeing my words in glorious print.

And the worst?
Deadlines.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
Narrow minds.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
I once accidentally swore like a docker in front of a Cardinal of the Catholic Church.

Do you have a famous look-a-like?
Yes, presenter Dominik Diamond. I’ve been mistaken for him a few times. I’m not especially proud of it.

How do you relax away from the office?
Teaching my seven-month-old son Kraftwerk songs. He’s getting rather good at it.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“Always give things your full atten- oooh, look! A pigeon!”

What is your greatest extravagance?
Converse trainers. I have many pairs and I’m always on the lookout for more.

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Sam Robson
Sub-editor

Employer and area of work
Incisive Media, Production.

What do you do for The Actuary?
Sub-editor.

Describe yourself in three words
Assured, active, alliterative.

Best thing about working on the magazine?
Holding the printed copy of a magazine in which I had creative input.

And the worst?
Working late on deadlines.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
When people use ‘LOL’, ‘ROFL’ and ‘LMAO’ in text messages and e-mails.

Do you have a famous look-a-like?
Apparently Gary Lightbody, lead singer of Snow Patrol, but I don’t see it myself...

How do you relax away from the office?
Gym, football, socialising with friends.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“Always marry a woman who’s smarter than you. Failing that, never marry one who’s less smart.”

What is your greatest extravagance?
I’m a sucker for buying new clothes when I can’t afford them...

Is the glass half full or half empty?
Always half full.

What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
Uprooting from the south coast to move to London and fulfil my career ambitions.

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Satvir Kaur
Recruitment sales executive

Employer and area of work
Incisive Media, Recruitment Sales.

What do you do for The Actuary?
Offer advertising opportunities for direct clients.

Describe yourself in three words
Inquisitive. Driven. Perfectionist.

Best thing about working on the magazine?
The people.

And the worst?
Being called Sally by clients straight after I have introduced myself as Satvir... weird and random, but surprisingly I get it a lot!

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
People leisurely texting and/or reading on the Underground during rush hour when you’re rushing to catch your train home. People that don’t give up their seat to old people, parents with children and pregnant women on the train.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“Life is hard — harder if you’re stupid!” and “Keep smiling — it makes people wonder what you’re up to”.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Probably taking my nieces and nephew for a day out in London. Train tickets from Southampton — massively over-priced. A trip on the London Eye — more than some flights. Tacky gift shop merchandise from museums — daylight robbery. The look on their faces when they told their mums about the amazing day they had... priceless!
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To view our previous ‘Meet the Team’ Q&As, visit www.the-actuary.org.uk/872392