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Actuary of the future: Craig Moran


Employer and area of work First Actuarial – Pensions.

How would your best friend describe you? “Too clever for his own good!”.

What motivates you? Exceeding people’s expectations.

What is your personal motto? It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re going.

Name five dream companions to be stuck on a desert island with? Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sir Matt Busby, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Riley and Will Smith. A companion for every occasion.

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? Attempting to model any situation using a spreadsheet.

If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn? Whisky distilling. 

Favourite Excel function? Index-Match, essentially vlookup’s better-looking sister.

How do you relax away from the office? Eat, drink and be merry. And then spend hours in the gym to undo the after effects of the aforementioned.

Alternative career choice? Formula 1 driver or professional footballer – it’s a hard choice.

Tell us something unusual about yourself I can deadlift twice my bodyweight.

Greatest risk you have ever taken? Leaving the planning of my stag do to my brother and friends. Next year could prove interesting…

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet? Alan Turing, a great man who suffered terribly.

What’s your most treasured possession? My iPod, it comes with me everywhere.

What are the top three things you would like to achieve in your lifetime? Director of Manchester United Football Club, qualify as a Fellow of the IFoA and travel to space. Not necessarily in that order.

If you ruled the world, what would you change first? Rid the world of poverty. Make it a legal requirement to know the answer to the question, ‘So what exactly is an actuary?’.

Do you know an actuary destined for greatness? You can nominate an Actuary of the Future by emailing aotf@theactuary.com