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Dominic Stewart

03 NOVEMBER 2016 | BY THE ACTUARY TEAM
Dominic Stewart


Employer and area of work

Employer and area of work Rock Services, general insurance.

How would your best friend describe you?

He said “pleasant mannered and dependable”.

What motivates you? 

I find learning to be very motivating. 

What would be your personal motto? 

I would copy my school’s motto ‘I fyny for nod’ – ‘aim for the highest’ in Welsh.

Name five dream companions to be stuck on a desert island with?

Stewart Lee and Nick Offerman for entertainment, Ray Mears so we would survive, Angela Merkel to lead us and Jennifer Lawrence so people would bother to look for us!

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? 

People tell me it’s reading manuals for appliances. I would have thought that’s a normal thing to do when you buy something, but apparently not.

Favourite Excel function?

Sumproduct.

How do you relax away from the office?

I like to cycle and to play computer and board games. I also have a bad habit of subscribing to magazines.  

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

My brothers and I steering a canoe into bushes with our friend sat at the front. It was a sort of mutiny. For the environmentalists: there were no animals living in those bushes.

Alternative career choice?

Actor – since that’s what people excitedly think I’ve said when I say actuary. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

Under Pressure by Queen. I’m avoiding reading too deeply into its meaning, but it is a great song.

Greatest risk you have ever taken?

Being quite risk averse, I can make a mountain out of any molehill. Probably riding 

motorcycles abroad. 

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?

I would like to have met Benjamin Franklin. 

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?

Seth Rogen. I’ve been told he looks like me. I’d prefer if Matt Damon played me, but nobody agrees he looks like me.

If you could be anyone else, who would it be?

Any Top Gear presenter.