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Actuary of the future: Chris Daniels of GAD

Employer and area of work
Government Actuary’s Department.

Describe yourself in three words
Risk-averse, conservative, sociable.

What’s your best attribute?
I’ll go out of my way to help people.

And your worst habit?
Probably timekeeping.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
People on public transport talking on mobile phones

Tell us your formula for success
Hard work.

Alternative career?
I think politics or journalism would both be really interesting careers.

How do you relax away from the office?
Watching Crystal Palace (my football team), although this is rarely relaxing.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
I worked as a buyer for an electronics distributor for two years before entering the profession.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
If a job is worth doing, then it’s worth doing well.

What three items would you take to a desert island?
My two cats and a lifeboat.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My PC — the case alone cost more than some computers.

Is the glass half full or half empty?
Depends on what is in the glass.

What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
Buying a house last year.

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