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Actuary of the future: David McKniff

AOTF April 2015 - David

Employer and area of work Deloitte – investment services.

How would your best friend describe you? I hope they’d describe me as funny; kind; easy-going and genuine. Though I can’t say it’s a question I’ve ever felt the need to ask.

What motivates you? Simple – happiness. Saying that, having a fast car, nice house and being able to go on holidays to exotic locations are also pretty motivational.

What would be your personal motto? #yolo.

Name five dream companions to be stuck on a desert island with? Nigella Lawson (everyone needs a good cook, surely?); Nicole Scherzinger (to lead the songs around the camp fire); Kevin Bridges (everyone needs a laugh); Lionel Messi (what a guy to have a kick about with – and I’m pretty sure Barcelona would send a search party for him!) and Bear Grylls (pretty sure he’d know what to do).

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? Taking my yellow tables with me everywhere… just in case!

Favourite Excel function? Sum.

How do you relax away from the office? I’m a bit of a fan of soaps (particularly Holby City and Casualty) and enjoy socialising with friends. I’m also a football referee.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? One of my friends thought a roll of bin bags was a great birthday present. I was rather amused.

Alternative career choice? rowing up I wanted to be an airline pilot.

What song best describes your work ethic? It wasn’t me – Shaggy.

Greatest risk you have ever taken? I worked in Hong Kong on an internship for two months before my final year of university – prior to that I hadn’t travelled outside Europe and I only knew one person there (from a one-hour telephone interview). It all worked out well though and I had a fantastic time.

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet? Nelson Mandela – his courage, bravery and humility are a lesson to us all.

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why? Rowan Atkinson – I don’t see it personally, but some people say we look alike. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, which is important too.

If you could be anyone else, who would it be? I would have loved to have been in Neil Armstrong’s space boots when he stepped on the moon – who wouldn’t want to be the first man on the moon? Plus, it would make a pretty cool profile picture for the ‘actuary of the future’ page!