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Actuary of the future: Anthony Edwards

Employer and area of work
MetLife Assurance Limited — 
senior actuarial assistant, risk management team.

How would your best friend describe you?
Keen, but a good laugh.

What motivates you?
Not letting people down.

What would be your personal motto?
I would rather be disliked for being honest than liked by being dishonest.

What is your most ‘actuarial’ habit?
I think I’ve avoided the actuarial habits quite well, however, whenever I’m involved with organising an event outside of work, I always get volunteered to ‘do a spreadsheet’…

How do you relax away from the office?
I like being active so I relax by playing golf, squash and football and taking my motorbike for the odd ride. I also like to go on a snow holiday each year and enjoy snowboarding and skiing with amazing views — but occasionally I like to sit down with a fresh brew and a copy of The Actuary… who doesn’t?!

Alternative career choice?
I would love to be a radio DJ — I used to do voluntary DJing at my university radio station. It was brilliant fun, music plays a big part in my life so it would be a joy.

I would also love to be a photographer. I already take photographs for an amateur dramatics organisation, shoot family portraits for friends and do the headshot photography for my company. I have all my own studio equipment so I can get a professional look. Spare time is a real luxury in my life!

Greatest risk you have ever taken?
I don't know why but once, on a canal holiday,  I leaped bare-foot over an empty lock so my friend could take a photo of it from the canal boat. I have also cliff-jumped from 40ft into 6ft of water. While my company takes risk analysis very seriously, in my personal life I tend to act and think later!

What's your most treasured possession?
My motorbike. I ride a CBR600 — there's nothing like going for a ride on a summer's morning.

If you ruled the world, what would you change first?
I would tell the world not to take life too seriously. Life is about having fun and enjoying the time with friends and family.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
Each year my flatmates and I hold a fake Christmas one week before the event itself. Each flatmate is given a role — breakfast, dinner, games or drinks, and so on. We spend about a month sorting things out and it culminates in spending the whole day together drinking, eating and playing festive games. So, for me, Christmas really does come more than once a year.