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Actuary of the future: Stephen Powell

Employer and area of work
EMB — mainly London Market pricing, but also reserving and capital modelling.

Describe yourself in three words
Competitive, analytical, innovative.

Tell us your formula for success
I enjoy solving other peoples’ problems and most of the time I have the technical and communication skills to do so.

What’s your best attribute?
Ability to be a geek when necessary and a normal human being the rest of the time.

And your worst habit?
Avoiding studying for exams.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
Unnecessary laziness.

Alternative career?
Olympic sailor, asset manager, software developer, mechanical engineer, lawyer or general beach bum (i.e. windsurfing and sailing instructor), to name but a few.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“Do more than appears to be required. The ‘extra mile’ is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives merely following.”

How do you relax away from the office?
Barbecues with friends, sailing, windsurfing, watching/playing rugby.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
My feet don’t feel the cold so I wear flip-flops 365 days a year.

Who would play you in a film of your life?
Brad Pitt. I’d keep Angelina company while they were filming.

What three items would you take to a desert island?
My boat, my iPod and lots of Lilt.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Either sailing or my girlfriend. Is the glass half full or half empty? Mostly half full.

What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
Jumping from a 20-metre-high cliff on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand.

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