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Actuary of the future: Michael Stickland of Deloitte

Employer and area of work
Deloitte, Life Insurance.

Describe yourself in three words
Tall, cheerful, adventurous.

Tell us your formula for success
Treat everyone with respect, regardless of whether they’ve earned it, and talk to people — not all strangers are strange, and even those who are can still be very entertaining.

What’s your best attribute?
Hospitality. I love to play host and don’t like people being excluded from social invites.

And your worst habit?
Repeating the same stories to the same person; I always forget what I’ve said to which person.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
Excessive moaning and lethargy.

How do you relax away from the office?
Reading BBC News online rather too much, pub quizzes, skiing, hiking, hosting dinner parties, working my way through The West Wing, being involved with various things at church.

Alternative career?
Encouraging more students to do years abroad in their degrees, or becoming a rather too honest and indecisive politician.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Don’t judge someone by how they treat their friends, but instead by how they treat those who have nothing to offer them.

What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
Going to study my third year of my degree at a French university despite not really being able to speak French beforehand — I learnt, it paid off!

Tell us something unusual about yourself
I’ve spent the last month walking every journey I do within Zones 1 and 2 in London to raise money for charity. I’ve averaged about nine miles a day, and avoided sweaty summer tubes.

Do you have a famous look-alike?
There’s no one obvious answer, the only (not too complimentary) suggestions I’ve had from friends are Rodney from Only Fools and Horses, and Peter Crouch.