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Actuary of the future: Holly Hook

Holly Hook

Employer and area of work  

Towers Watson – pensions.

How would your best friend describe you?  

Dry, yet robust with an aromatic bouquet.  

What would be your personal motto? 

Failure is not an option (well…until the next exam results!)

Name five dream guests you would invite to your dinner party? 

Scary, Ginger, Baby, Sporty, John Lennon.

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? 

Hedging red against black on the roulette table. 

Favourite Excel function?

Concatenate – looks more impressive than &.

How do you relax away from the office? 

With an ActEd-related guilt complex.

Alternative career choice? 

Horrible Histories illustrator.

Tell us something unusual about yourself

I impersonated a guinea pig on national radio. It was worth it for the 

concert tickets!

Greatest risk you have ever taken?

Flying with one airline and being told there were no life jackets, but 

my seat cushion would float, it wasn’t the most assuring moment.

What’s your most treasured possession? 

Hungarian goosedown duvet.

What are the top three things you would like to achieve in your 


Build my own house – Kevin McCloud, eat your heart out. Work in 

another country, and get my private pilot licence – to avoid having to 

fly with that airline again.

If you ruled the world, what would you change first?  

The 70mph speed limit.