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Actuary of the future: James Monk

Employer and area of work
Saga Motor Insurance.

Describe yourself in three words
Adventurous, genuine, ambitious.

Tell us your formula for success
Always be willing to take on new things and step outside your comfort zone.

What’s your best attribute?
I’m quick at picking up ideas and seeing a lot of angles to a problem.

And your worst habit?
I have the curse of always seeing flaws in ideas, which can be very pessimistic.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
A lack of drive and enthusiasm; so many people, for whatever reason, fl oat through life. I just want to say “wake up!”

Alternative career?
Formula 1 driver. I am still waiting for the invite.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
I am a fanatical runner. My plan is to work up to an Ironman contest after I finish the exams. I think you would have to be superhuman to do the exams and the Ironman training at the same time — I like sleep, thank you very much!

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Treat others as you wish to be treated.

What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
I once raced a downhill Olympic skier down a mountain. That didn’t end well; I broke my ankle — but nearly had him!

If you would like to nominate someone for Actuary of the Future, please e-mail AOTF@the-actuary.org.uk